Innovative and responsible governance of nanotechnology for societal development

Mihail C. Roco, Barbara Harthorn, David Guston, Philip Shapira

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Governance of nanotechnology is essential for realizing economic growth and other societal benefits of the new technology, protecting public health and environment, and supporting global collaboration and progress. The article outlines governance principles and methods specific for this emerging field. Advances in the last 10 years, the current status and a vision for the next decade are presented based on an international study with input from over 35 countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3557-3590
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Ethical and legal aspects
  • International perspective
  • Nanoscale science and engineering
  • Nanotechnology innovation and commercialization
  • Nanotechnology market
  • Public participation
  • Responsible development, Global governance, Emerging technologies
  • Societal implications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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