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