Exploring Boundaries Around the Safe Use of Advanced Materials: A Prospective Product-Based Case Studies Approach

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Engineered nanomaterials have been a focus of intense interest since the late 1990s, but in their simplest form they are just one example of an increasing array of advanced materials currently being researched, developed, and incorporated into a diverse range of products. These represent increasingly complex "designer materials" that are enabling the development of novel products and providing new solutions to the many pressing challenges that individuals, and society as a whole, are facing. However, their novelty raises important questions surrounding potential short- and long-term health and environmental impact. Without systematic approaches to addressing the potential health and environmental risks presented by advanced materials more generally, there is a danger of unforeseen impacts from naïve development and use at one end of the spectrum, and lost opportunities through over-cautious development driven by fear of unknown risks at the other. Rather, approaches are needed that guide the responsible use of advanced materials that minimize potential risks, while enabling the social, environmental, and economic benefits to be fully realized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety
Subtitle of host publicationRisks, Regulation, and Management: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780815515869
ISBN (Print)9781455731886
StatePublished - Jun 16 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced products
  • Black box
  • Engineered nanomaterials
  • Risk red flags

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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