Nanoscience and nanomanufacturing are poised to create an exciting future, but some pressing additional questions still need to be answered. In addition to its technical research, CHN is unique in its active and ongoing assessment of environmental, economic, regulatory, and ethical impacts of nanomanufacturing.
Aware of the potential hazards in their nanomanufacturing work, CHN researchers are developing environmentally benign processes and products. Green engineering and sustainability concepts are being incorporated in the center’s ongoing work. CHN is gathering data, the first of its kind, on workplace and environmental exposures, baseline health indicators, and possible health problems of workers involved in developing this new technology.