Home > News > Nanotechnology — Friend or Foe?
May 7th, 2007
Nanotechnology — Friend or Foe?
The science of nanotechnology is enabling a myriad of breakthroughs in lots of areas. With any relatively new technology the question of safety begs to be answered. Is nanotechnology — and everything it encompasses — safe?
Not bubbles — nanotechnology
University of Florida engineering student Maria Palazuelos is working on nanotechnology, but she's not seeking a better sunscreen, tougher golf club or other product — the focus of many engineers in the field.
Instead, Palazuelos, a doctoral student in chemical engineering, is probing the potentially harmful effects of nanotechnology by testing how ultra-small particles may adversely affect living cells, organisms and the environment. But this is no scene from Michael Crichton's novel "Prey" about nanotechnology run amok. Rather, this is a real-world endeavor grounded in solid science.
"We don't want to look back in 50 years if something bad has happened and say, ‘why didn't we ask these questions?'" Palazuelos said. Palazuelos is a member of a small interdisciplinary group of UF faculty members and students, the UF Nanotoxicology Group, whose work is rapidly becoming more timely as manufacturers increasingly turn to the super-small tubes, cylinders and other nanoparticles at the heart of nanotechnology.
GS7 Graphene Sensor maybe Solution in Fight Against Cancer January 25th, 2015
Nanotechnology in Energy Applications Market Research Report 2014-2018: Radiant Insights, Inc January 15th, 2015
'Mind the gap' between atomically thin materials December 23rd, 2014
A novel method for identifying the body’s ‘noisiest’ networks November 19th, 2014
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers
Discovery Channel taps Angstron Materials for segment featuring graphene advances January 29th, 2015
Asteroid Mining 101: A New Book by World-Renowned Expert Dr. John S. Lewis - Exclusive Sneak-Peek Opportunity for Book Reviewers and Media January 29th, 2015
Los Alamos Develops New Technique for Growing High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells: Researchers’ crystal-production insights resolve manufacturing difficulty January 29th, 2015
Iranian Scientists Use MOFs to Eliminate Dye Pollutants January 29th, 2015
A spoonful of sugar in silver nanoparticles to regulate their toxicity January 21st, 2015
Nutrition, Safety Key To Consumer Acceptance of Nanotech, Genetic Modification In Foods December 2nd, 2014
Sustainable Nanotechnologies Project November 20th, 2014
A gut reaction November 19th, 2014
2015 Nanonics Image Contest January 29th, 2015
OCSiAl supports NanoART Imagery Contest January 23rd, 2015
EnvisioNano: An image contest hosted by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) January 22nd, 2015
Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Announces AFM Image Contest Winners January 11th, 2015