Peril Small in Places

Wu, Corinna
November 2010
ASEE Prism;Nov2010, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p26
The article focuses on the risks brought by the expanding use of nanotechnology in health and the environment. It mentions the critical role played by engineers in figuring out what makes a nanoparticle toxic and in designing nanoparticles that could kill cancer cells without harming tissues or remove pollutants from soil without poisoning wildlife. The author stresses the value of measuring surface area, mass and chemical properties to identify the potential hazards of nanotechnology.


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