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NIST Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Program: 2009–2016



Debra L. Kaiser, Vincent A. Hackley


In response to needs of a government-wide initiative in nanotechnology led by a subcommittee within the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, NIST established a nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nano-EHS) research program in 2009 that remained active through 2016. The program was designed to address, in collaboration with other agencies, the research needs for a comprehensive U.S. measurement infrastructure for nano-EHS as identified by federal agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Such an infrastructure included a suite of measurement tools—methods, protocols, standards (reference materials and documentary), instruments, models, and benchmark (validated) data. The NIST Nano-EHS Program made substantial progress in developing the required infrastructure, producing 9 reference materials, 24 web-accessible protocols, and 212 archival journal articles, 59% of which have been published in journals with impact factors greater than 3. In addition, program team members served in leadership positions and led and contributed to the development of more than 20 standards and work items in the nanotechnology committees of the major standards development organizations (e.g., ASTM International, ISO, and OECD).
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1233
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nanotechnology, nano-EHS Program, environment (E), safety (S), health (H), standards, protocols


Kaiser, D. and Hackley, V. (2018), NIST Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Program: 2009–2016, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created November 27, 2018