Burnham, Nancy A.
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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