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Public comments open on EPA nanotech white paper

Now is the time to get your comments in on the U.S. EPA’s draft white paper on nanotech. An excerpt:

“We are currently nearing the end of basic research and development on the first generation of materials resulting from nanotechnologies that include coatings, polymers, more reactive catalysts, etc. (Figure 2). The second generation, which we are beginning to enter, involves targeted drug delivery systems, adaptive structures and actuators, and has already provided some interesting examples. The third generation, anticipated within the next 10-15 years, will bring novel robotic devices, three-dimensional networks and guided assemblies. The fourth stage will result in molecule-by-molecule design and self-assembly capabilities. Although it is not likely to happen for some time, this integration of these fourth-generation nanotechnologies with information, biological, and cognitive technologies will lead to products we can only now vaguely imagine. The Agency need not develop the ability to predict the future, it only needs to prepare for it.” (Credit: Viktor Prismantas via Glenn Reynolds)

8 Responses to “Public comments open on EPA nanotech white paper”

  1. Phil Long Says:

    Looks like a good start, judging from the executive summary. More later.

  2. John R. Burke Says:

    Nanotechnology is being actively pursued throught the world in China, Japan, Europe , Russia etc. The US cannot afford to be left behind in this area. The possible benefits from Natotechnology far out weigh the possible problems that could be created. Like anything new there are some people that are against it. Luddites only delayed the benefits of technology. They contributed essentially nothing. We must go forward with new technologys or be left behind. Dynamite is dangerous and can be very harmful but we would all find it difficult to get along without it or it’s equivalent. Full speed ahead.

  3. Ryan Says:

    More government funding is needed to further these advancements.

  4. Jeffrey M. Seligson Says:

    Can someone explain to me how we prepare for the future without the ability to predict it?

  5. Dario Gragnani Says:

    Paragraph 1. 2, Page 7, Raw 2, Table 1
    In order to capture the wide range of products it may be useful to add a column with some Engineering products like robot brains, nanobots, nanocomputers. Alternatively they may be scattered over the existing columns (respectively Components, Therapeutic systems, Capital Equipments).

    Paragraph 5.2.1, Page 62
    One of the most important fallout of nanotechnology should be the versatility and the reduced dimensions of the factories. It will no more be necessary to build a multi-billion factory to produce one type of microprocessor: one home-factory could produce all the components and assembly equipment to manufacture whatever is needed. So, I would add a bullet: “How can distributed nanofactories be organized in order to be intrinsically environmental safe?”
    I believe a whole paragraph could be dedicated to the specific characteristics nano-organizations must have. They will have the same contents areas, but differently modulated (e.g., “Security” will be much more different than it is in the old-economy organizations). The management and the model of such companies will be vital to avoid “environmental bombs”.

    Paragraph 5.6, Page 67
    Risk of terroristic attacks and countermeasures against them are not enough circumstanced. We should ask ourselves:
    Should we control proliferation of nanomaterials? And how? (May be this is more a political issue than EPA’s one. But keeping it in mind is important to devise tools and methods as countermeasures)
    Which deceptions to undertake against evil nanoresearch?
    Which organizational network to isolate an reduce effects of terroristic attacks?

  6. Shilpi Roy Says:

    Dear Sir,

    I vehemently support further research in the field of nanomedicines. The wonder of being small is fruitfully exploited for the welfare of mankind. The success of targeted drug deliveries, nano robots and dendrimers have unleashed a new horizon for cure of chronic diseases. Even I want to pursue research in this area.

  7. Subramanian Balakrishnan Says:

    The second generation, which we are beginning to enter, involves targeted drug delivery systems, adaptive structures and actuators, and has already provided some interesting examples.

    It is interesting to know breakthro in this second generation research.

    The third generation, anticipated within the next 10-15 years, will bring novel robotic devices, three-dimensional networks and guided assemblies.

    My research interest falls in this third generation domain. I am eager to know developments in this part.

  8. Neeraj Bharti Says:

    today we are standing on the verge of a new era The Nano Era where those things will be possible which we never dreamed of.The future is coming we must be prepared for it.

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