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Nanotechnology is transforming industries from medicine to consumer products, and engineered nanomaterials can now be found in items as diverse as clothing, electronic devices, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. New materials are being produced rapidly. How can their safety be assured?
UC CEIN, established in 2008, is a world-class research facility that focuses on the responsible use and safe implementation of nanotechnology. The center was recently awarded $24 million by the National Science Foundation, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to support the center’s commitment to nanomaterial safety testing. The new cooperative funding agreement brings the NSF and and EPA’s total commitment to UC CEIN’s research and outreach agenda to $48 million over 10 years.
As Jeffrey Morris, deputy director of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and a workshop participant, noted: “Nanomaterials provide an opportunity to further the application of alternative testing strategies in advancing EPA’s approaches to substance categorization, read-across and structure-activity analysis.”
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