Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Environmental Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials

P.A. Holden
University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, US

Keywords: environment, health, engineered nanomaterials, research

Summary:

Engineered nanomaterials ENMs are a manifestation of nanotechnology whose entry and accumulation in the environment is inevitable. The fates, transformations, and exposure scenarios for ENMs in the environment will affect their risk to human and environmental receptors. The University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) is conducting research across relevant disciplines to inform such concerns, and to provide contexts for safely designing environmentally-compatible ENMs into the future. In this talk, experimentally-derived data and model formulations are presented from UC CEIN research, demonstrating the effectiveness of the multidisciplinary model for addressing emerging concerns with ENMs entering the environment.