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Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Pew partnered with the Woodrow Wilson International Center on the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies from 2005 to 2010. The project sought to ensure that the nation can enjoy the benefits of this new industrial revolution without undue worry about its potential environmental and human health risks.

For more information on the project, visit its web site at

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  • findNano App Puts Nanotech in Your Pocket

    Washington, DC -  The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) has developed findNano, an application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users discover and determine whether consumer products are nanotechnology-enabled. Nanotechnology, the emerging technology of using materials by engineering them at an incredibly small scale, has applications ranging from consumer electronics to... Read More

  • Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology: What Does the American Public Think?

    Washington, DC -  Nanotechnology and synthetic biology continue to develop as two of the most exciting areas of scientific discovery, but research has shown that the public is almost completely unaware of the science and its applications. A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 U.S. adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN)... Read More

  • Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, & Public Opinion

    A groundbreaking poll finds that almost half of US adults have heard nothing about nanotechnology, and nearly nine in 10 Americans say they have heard just a little or nothing at all about the emerging field of synthetic biology, according to a new report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies and Peter D Hart Research. Both technologies involve manipulating matter at an incredibly... Read More


Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology

In this landmark report, Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology, J. Clarence (Terry) Davies...

Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology