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Nanotechnology and Nanoscience The Royal Society

Nanoscience and nanotechnologies:
opportunities and uncertainties

Our report on nanotechnologies - ‘Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties’ - was published on 29 July 2004. The report illustrates the fact that nanotechnologies offer many benefits both now and in the future but that public debate is needed about their development. It also highlights the immediate need for research to address uncertainties about the health and environmental effects of nanoparticles – one small area of nanotechnologies. It also makes recommendations about regulation to control exposure to nanoparticles. We hope that you find the report of interest, and welcome your feedback on it (see Send us your comments).

In order to make it easier and quicker to access, the main report has been split into chapters below. A pdf of the summary report – which contains the summary and recommendations of the main report – is also available. If you would like to receive a pdf of the main report (3,511 KB) or a hard copy of either the main or summary reports, please email or phone us on +44 (0)20 74512525.

Click here to view the full report (pdf 3,511 kb)

Chapter 1 - Introduction (pdf 669kb)

Chapter 2 - What are nanoscience and nanotechnologies? (pdf 75kb)

Chapter 3 - Science and applications (pdf 842kb)

Chapter 4 - Nanomanufacturing and the industrial application of nanotechnologies (pdf 541kb)

Chapter 5 - Possible adverse health, environmental and safety impacts (pdf 1358kb)

Chapter 6 - Social and ethical issues (pdf 87kb)

Chapter 7 - Stakeholder and public dialogue (pdf 130kb)

Chapter 8 - Regulatory issues (pdf 130kb)

Chapter 9 - Conclusions (pdf 80kb)

Chapter 10 - Recommendations (pdf 62kb)

References (pdf 84kb)

Annexes (pdf 117kb)

Contents (pdf 58kb)

Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties - summary and recommendations (pdf 109 kb)




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