Nanotechnology research continues to surprise people with fascinating properties and functionalities through making various nanomaterials, which bring numerous opportunities and benefits into a broad range of applications and impact our society in many aspects. Some nanomaterials have already been commercialized. However, the possible adverse impacts on environment and health are not yet sufficiently understood. The toxicity of nanomaterials must be carefully evaluated so that the benefits of nanomaterials can be fully appreciated. It is important to know more about possible adverse effects when exposed to nanomaterials, how the use of nanomaterials in manufacturing and commercial products may affect human health and the environment. Safety and toxicity control of nanomaterials is a timely and important topic.
This symposium focuses on safety and toxicity issues from synthesis to application to waste disposal of nanomaterials. The nanomaterials to be discussed in this symposium are, for example, metals, oxides, semiconductors, superconductors, porous materials, ceramics, polymers, magnetic materials, colloids, and biological nanomaterials. Tentative attendees are materials scientists, chemists, toxicologists, engineers, business professionals, start-up entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, patent experts, incubator managers, and others who care about the safety and toxicity of nanomaterials in research, manufacturing, and final products on the market, as well as the regulatory scientists and policy makers.