Environmental Nanoscience Initiative
Nanoscience is the science of the very small, on the scale of one billionth of a metre. At this scale some materials behave radically different from larger forms of the same substances, and can offer huge potential economic, health and environmental benefits.
But if these particles are behaving differently, do they pose greater risks once they enter the environment? The Environmental Nanoscience Initiative was set up by NERC, Defra and the Environment Agency to begin to answer some questions of basic nanosciences research; into fate and behaviour, ecotoxicology and ecological effects of engineering nanoparticles. More about the Nanoscience programme
20 Jan 2011
Scientists from the UK and the USA are to examine what these risks might be, and provide the scientific evidence needed to inform government and industry policies. Transatlantic partners to analyse environment and health risks of manufactured nanomaterials
12 Nov 2009
A new discovery about nanoparticle behaviour in sewage treatment plants could improve the environmental management of nanoparticle wastes. Discovery may help manage nanoparticle wastes from consumer products