A decision-directed approach for prioritizing research into the impact of nanomaterials on the environment and human health

Igor Linkov, Matthew E. Bates, Laure J. Canis, Thomas Seager, Jeffrey M. Keisler

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The emergence of nanotechnology has coincided with an increased recognition of the need for new approaches to understand and manage the impact of emerging technologies on the environment and human health. Important elements in these new approaches include life-cycle thinking, public participation and adaptive management of the risks associated with emerging technologies and new materials 1. However, there is a clear need to develop a framework for linking research on the risks associated with nanotechnology to the decision-making needs of manufacturers, regulators, consumers and other stakeholder groups 2,3. Given the very high uncertainties associated with nanomaterials and their impact on the environment and human health, research resources should be directed towards creating the knowledge that is most meaningful to these groups. Here, we present a model (based on multi-criteria decision analysis and a value of information approach) for prioritizing research strategies in a way that is responsive to the recommendations of recent reports on the management of the risk 4,5 and impact of nanomaterials on the environment and human health 6.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)784-787
Number of pages4
JournalNature Nanotechnology
Volume6
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

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A decision-directed approach for prioritizing research into the impact of nanomaterials on the environment and human health. / Linkov, Igor; Bates, Matthew E.; Canis, Laure J.; Seager, Thomas; Keisler, Jeffrey M.

In: Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 6, No. 12, 12.2011, p. 784-787.

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Linkov, Igor ; Bates, Matthew E. ; Canis, Laure J. ; Seager, Thomas ; Keisler, Jeffrey M. / A decision-directed approach for prioritizing research into the impact of nanomaterials on the environment and human health. In: Nature Nanotechnology. 2011 ; Vol. 6, No. 12. pp. 784-787.
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