Nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating and manufacturing things on the tiniest of scales—just a few atoms. This innovation has the potential to change everything about our daily lives—cars, clothing, food or more efficient solar cells. Other possible future applications include new cancer therapies, pollution-eating compounds, more durable consumer products and detectors for biohazards like anthrax.

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was established in April 2005 as a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Pew. The project works to ensure that as nanotechnologies move forward, possible health and environmental risks are minimized, public involvement in the issue remains strong, and the potential benefits of these new technologies are realized.

The project brings together policy makers, academic researchers, government officials, and industry and nongovernmental representatives to identify gaps in research and regulatory processes, and to develop strategies to close them. It provides independent, objective analyses that can inform critical decisions affecting the development and commercialization of nanotechnologies.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, view the materials below and visit the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies.


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