Faculty Advisor

Burnham, Nancy A.

Abstract

Nanotechnology has shown great promise, but environmental concerns may limit its potential. To establish environmental guidelines for the sustainable use of carbon nanotubes and nanosilver, we investigated nano-waste disposal practices in research laboratories at WPI and reviewed over 90 papers on nanoparticle toxicity, risk mitigation, and environmental behavior. We then performed risk assessments that suggested no environmental risk from carbon nanotubes but potential risk from nanosilver. The guidelines highlighted risk mitigation strategies (release reduction and contamination treatment), research priorities, production data collection, and consumer awareness promotion.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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