NNI and the 2012 NRC Report: Comparative Quotes

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
Author: NNCO
Publication Date: Jan. 30 2012

Description:

A recently released National Research Council (NRC) report, A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials (ENMs), largely reflects the strategic framework and principles outlined in the 2011 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy, released in October 2011. The following comparisons highlight some of the many ways in which these two strategies are concordant.


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These are different types of nanomaterials, named for their individual shapes and dimensions. Think of these simply as objects with one or more dimension at the nanoscale.

Nanoparticles are bits of a material in which all three dimensions of the object are within the nanoscale. Nanotubes have a diameter in the nanoscale, but can be several hundred nanometers long—or even longer. Nanoplates have a thickness at the nanoscale, but their other two dimensions can be quite large.

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