Nanomaterials: Risks and Benefits

  • Igor Linkov
  • Jeffery Steevens
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Human Health Risks

    1. A. Elder, I. Lynch, K. Grieger, S. Chan-Remillard, A. Gatti, H. Gnewuch et al.
      Pages 3-29
    2. S. Chan-Remillard, L. Kapustka, S. Goudey
      Pages 53-66
    3. V. Mikhailenko, L. Ieleiko, A. Glavin, J. Sorochinska
      Pages 67-81
    4. A.M. Gatti, S. Montanari
      Pages 83-92
  3. Environmental Risk

    1. C. Metcalfe, E. Bennett, M. Chappell, J. Steevens, M. Depledge, G. Goss et al.
      Pages 95-109
    2. C. J. G. Darnault, S. M. C. Bonina, B. Uyusur, P. T. Snee
      Pages 139-148
    3. I. Linkov, J. Steevens, M. Chappell, T. Tervonen, J. R. Figueira, M. Merad
      Pages 179-191
  4. Technology and Benefits

    1. G. Adlakha-Hutcheon, R. Khaydarov, R. Korenstein, R. Varma, A. Vaseashta, H. Stamm et al.
      Pages 195-207
    2. R. R. Khaydarov, R. A. Khaydarov, O. Gapurova
      Pages 219-224
    3. H. Gnewuch, R. Muir, B. Gorbunov, N. D. Priest, P. R. Jackson
      Pages 225-231
    4. T. A. J. Kuhlbusch, H. Fissan, C. Asbach
      Pages 233-243
  5. International Perspectives

    1. E. Kenawy, F. I. Abdel-Hay, M. H. El-Newehy, G. E. Wnek
      Pages 247-263
    2. O. Figovsky, D. Beilin, N. Blank
      Pages 275-286
    3. R. R. Khaydarov, R. A. Khaydarov, Y. Estrin, S. Evgrafova, T. Scheper, C. Endres et al.
      Pages 287-297
    4. A. S. A. Arcuri, M. G. L. Grossi, V. R. S. Pinto, A. Rinaldi, A. C. Pinto, P. R. Martins et al.
      Pages 299-307
    5. A. A. Bayramov
      Pages 317-325
  6. Policy and Regulatory Aspects

    1. F. K. Satterstrom, A. S. A. Arcuri, T. A. Davis, W. Gulledge, S. Foss Hansen, M. A. Shafy Haraza et al.
      Pages 329-350
    2. P. Kearns, M. Gonzalez, N. OKI, K. Lee, F. Rodriguez
      Pages 351-358
    3. S. Foss Hansen, A. Baun, E. S. Michelson, A. Kamper, P. Borling, F. Stuer-Lauridsen
      Pages 359-367
    4. R. Owen, M. Crane, K. Grieger, R. Handy, I. Linkov, M. Depledge
      Pages 369-384
    5. A. Vaseashta
      Pages 397-407
    6. B. Srdjevic, Z. Srdjevic, T. Zoranovic, K. Suvocarev
      Pages 409-422
    7. T. P. Seager, I. Linkov
      Pages 423-436
    8. J. M. Palma-Oliveira, R. G. De Carvalho, S. Luis, M. Vieira
      Pages 437-462
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 463-472

About these proceedings


Many potential questions regarding the risks associated with the development and use of wide-ranging technologies enabled through engineered nanomaterials. For example, with over 600 consumer products available globally, what information exists that describes their risk to human health and the environment? What en- neering or use controls can be deployed to minimize the potential environmental health and safety impacts of nanomaterials throughout the manufacturing and product lifecycles? How can the potential environmental and health benefits of nanotechnology be realized and maximized? The idea for this book was conceived at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) on “Nanomaterials: Environmental Risks and Benefits and Emerging Consumer Products. ” This meeting – held in Algarve, Portugal, in April 2008 – started with building a foundation to harmonize risks and benefits associated with nanomaterials to develop risk management approaches and policies. More than 70 experts, from 19 countries, in the fields of risk assessment, decision-analysis, and security discussed the current state-of-knowledge with regard to nanomaterial risk and benefits. The discussion focused on the adequacy of available risk assessment tools to guide nanomaterial applications in industry and risk governance. The workshop had five primary purposes: Describe the potential benefits of nanotechnology enabled commercial products. Identify and describe what is known about environmental and human health risks of nanomaterials and approaches to assess their safety. Assess the suitability of multicriteria decision analysis for reconciling the benefits and risks of nanotechnology.


Nanomaterial Nanotube air pollution carbon nanotubes development life-cycle assessment linear optimization multi-criteria decision analysis nanotechnology

Editors and affiliations

  • Igor Linkov
    • 1
  • Jeffery Steevens
    • 2
  1. 1.US Army Engineer Research and Development Center ConcordMassachusettsU.S.A.
  2. 2.US Army Engineer Research and Development Center VicksburgMississippiU.S.A.

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