Use of Life Cycle Assessment Methodologies with Emerging Nano-enabled Products
(2/15/2011) 43 minutes
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It is estimated that nanotechnologies were used to develop $147 billion worth of products in 2007 and over $3 trillion worth of manufactured goods from all industry sectors is expected in 2015. Although the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy document is still in draft form, its overall tone sets several clear priorities for future research that are related to the ongoing research at the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) at Northeastern University. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used as an essential tool for integrating applied and basic research, and is performed concurrently as processes are under development. Further, the ethical, legal and societal (ELSI) concerns for responsible, sustainable development of nano-enabled products are concurrently assessed.


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