Environmental Implications and Solutions
Author: Louis Theodore,Robert G. Kunz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
An authoritative, in-depth exploration of the environmentalconsequences of nanotechnology Nanotechnology is revolutionizing the chemical, telecom, biotech,pharmaceutical, health care, aerospace, and computer industries,among others, and many exciting new nanotech applications areenvisioned for the near future. While the rapid pace of innovationhas been truly inspiring, much remains to be learned about thepotential environmental and health risks posed by this nascenttechnology and its byproducts. So important is this issue that theultimate success or failure of nanotechnology may well depend onhow effectively science and industry address these concerns in theyears ahead. Written by two highly accomplished environmental professionals,Nanotechnology: Environmental Implications and Solutions bringsscientists, engineers, and policymakers up to speed on the currentstate of knowledge in this vitally important area. ProfessorTheodore and Dr. Kunz provide a concise review of nano-fundamentalsand explore background issues surrounding nanotechnology and itsenvironmental impact. They then follow up with in-depth discussionsof: * The control, monitoring, and reduction of nanotech byproducts andtheir impact on the air, water, and land * Health risks associated with nanotechnology, and methods toassess and control them * Nanotech hazard risk assessment-including emergency responseplanning and personnel training * Multimedia approaches that are available for the analysis of theimpact of nanotechnology in the chemical, manufacturing, and wastedisposal industries * The future of nanotechnology and the "Industrial RevolutionII" * The legal implications of nanotechnology * Societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology-basedmaterials and processing method Assuming only a basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, andmathematics on behalf of its readers, Nanotechnology: EnvironmentalImplications and Solutions makes fascinating and useful reading forengineers, scientists, administrators, environmental regulatoryofficials, and public policy makers, as well as students in a rangeof science and engineering disciplines.