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J Environ Monit. 2007 Oct;9(10):1046-54. Epub 2007 Jul 25.

Nanotechnology applications and implications research supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency STAR grants program.

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Environmental Engineer, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, MC 8722F, Washington DC, 20460, USA.


Since 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been funding research on the environmental aspects of nanotechnology through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants program. In total, more than $25 million has been awarded for 86 research projects on the environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology. In the applications area, grantees have produced promising results in green manufacturing, remediation, sensors, and treatment using nanotechnology and nanomaterials. Although there are many potential benefits of nanotechnology, there has also been increasing concern about the environmental and health effects of nanomaterials, and there are significant gaps in the data needed to address these concerns. Research performed by STAR grantees is beginning to address these needs.

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