Nanotechnology is improving the production and performance of many products in the consumer market, but the long-term health and environmental implications of the use of nanotechnology in making these kinds of products is still unclear.
As a result of participating in this program, visitors will be able to:
1. Communicate some of the potential properties that are improved or enabled through nanotechnology, such as strength, stain resistance, surface area, and antimicrobial properties.
2. Understand that small particles of a material will often react more rapidly than large particles because of their large surface area
3. Convey some potential health and environmental concerns around the large-scale use of nanotechnology.
4. Understand that consumer products that are made through nanotechnology present both potential benefits for people and potential risks for the environment.
5. Describe some potential risks and benefits from the use of consumer products that are made through nanotechnology in both individual and societal contexts.
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.