An Australian viewpoint of nanotechnology issues
by Greg Tegart
International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (IJTTC), Vol. 7, No. 2/3, 2008

Abstract: This paper reports on a study of environmental, social, legal and ethical issues associated with the development of nanotechnologies in Australia. The study produced a set of Opinions to assist in developing guidelines for a National Nanotechnology Strategy. A number of the Opinions covered health, safety and environmental aspects using a real risk approach covering hazards and exposures in nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine and nanomaterials. Another group of Opinions covered social, legal and ethical aspects using a perceived risk approach. An overall Opinion stressed the need for open public communication and debate on possibilities and limitations of nanotechnologies.

Online publication date: Thu, 18-Sep-2008

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