Nanotechnology at the EPA

How has the development of nanoscience and technology changed the ways in which scientists and regulators think about science for the environment? This project explores the emerging relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and nanoscience and technology, from the involvement of the agency in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), to its support for internal and extramural research of nano-based environmental science. Research will focus on the collection and archiving of materials related to the instantiation of this collaboration, interviews with key actors, and research into supporting materials. The goal is to outline the ways in which EPA has supported research into the development and use of nanomaterials to address environmental problems—from the development of new environmental monitors to tools for site remediation and water purification.

Staff: Jody Roberts, Elizabeth McDonnell

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!


Historically Grounded Perspectives

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy explores issues ranging from energy to medicine on CHF's blog, Periodic Tabloid.