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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Abstract

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 materials1. 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 groups2,3. 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 risk4,5 and impact of nanomaterials on the environment and human health6.

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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