Tools and Information resources
UC CEIN Public Release of Integrated Set of High Throughput Data Analysis Tools (HDAT)
The UCLA Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanomaterials (CEIN) is proud to announce the public release of an integrated set of High Throughput Data Analysis Tools (HDAT) for rapid analysis of HTS nanotoxicity data. HDAT allows analysis of HTS plate data files that adhere to a standardized format and includes a set of functions for HTS plate data pre-processing and analysis such as outlier removal, data normalization, data summarization, hit identification, data visualization and clustering analysis. This public release of HDAT allows Non-CEIN guest users of HDAT to upload data files to the CEIN server where they can be stored for limited period. All output such as visualization, heat maps and self organizing maps are shown in popup windows which can be conveniently printed or saved locally. Enhanced user privileges can be requested directly from the CEIN Data Management Team.
Click here for link to HDAT tool. Click to use links for "How To" info and demonstration video.
General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2012-147
This document contains recommendations on engineering controls and safe practices for handling engineered nanomaterials in laboratories and some pilot scale operations. This guidance was designed to be used in tandem with well-established practices and the laboratory’s chemical hygiene plan. As our knowledge of nanotechnology increases, so too will our efforts to provide additional guidance materials for working safely with engineered nanomaterials. Read/download 60 page full document pdf here (2.12 MB)
An interesting special issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry devoted entirely to twenty-one articles, three critical reviews, and an editorial that discuss current research on nanomaterials interactions with various components of the environment. Special Issue: Nanomaterials in the Environment, edited by Stephen J. Klaine, January 2012, Volume 31, Issue 1, 220 pages.
For the complete issue, go to http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.v31.1/issuetoc
Fascinating reading on "Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020" in an NSF/WTEC report published by Springer in 2010. Links to PDFs of the full report (610 pages) and individual chapters are below:
Full Report (24M)
Front Cover, Acknowledgements, Foreword, and Table of Contents (345kb)
Executive Summary (1M)
The Long View of Nanotechnology Development: The National Nanotechnology Initiative at Ten Years (3M)
Chapter 1: Investigative Tools: Theory, Modeling, and Simulation (1M)
Chapter 2: Enabling and Investigative Tools: Measuring Methods, Instruments, and Metrology (1.4M)
Chapter 3: Synthesis, Processing, and Manufacturing of Components, Devices, and Systems (1.9M)
Chapter 4: Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues (1.6M)
Chapter 5: Nanotechnology for Sustainability: Environment, Water, Food, Minerals, and Climate (2M)
Chapter 6: Nanotechnology for Sustainability: Energy Conversion, Storage, and Conservation (3M)
Chapter 7: Applications: Nanobiosystems, Medicine, and Health (2.6M)
Chapter 8: Applications: Nanoelectronics and Nanomagnetics (1.2M)
Chapter 9: Applications: Photonics and Plasmonics (1.2M)
Chapter 10: Applications: Catalysis by Nanostructured Materials (982kb)
Chapter 11: Applications: High-Performance Materials and Emerging Areas (1.6M)
Chapter 12: Developing the Human and Physical Infrastructure for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (1.5M)
Chapter 13: Innovative and Responsible Governance of Nanotechology or Societal Development (710kb)
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is the U.S. Federal government program established in fiscal year 2001 to coordinate Federal nanotechnology research and development. www.nano.gov
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is taking the lead in the US by asking people and business that produce or import nanomaterials in CA to submit relevant information about their use of these materials: www.dtsc.ca.gov/TechnologyDevelopment/Nanotechnology
This blog provides access to current nanotechnology-related news stories. Click on “Gallery” to view beautiful “nano” images from researchers around the world. http://nanotechnologytoday.blogspot.com
A partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Project on Emerging Technologies (PEN) addresses the social, political, and public safety aspects of nanotechnology.
Which products do you own include nanotechnology?
Find out here: http://www.nanotechproject.org/inventories/consumer/
Educators and Students can access free nanotechnology-focused lesson plans and activities here: www.nisenet.org
Educators and Students can learn about the nanoscale and play an online game to help remember the basics here: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/nano/
The National Center for Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) website is committed to providing materials to post secondary and secondary institutions. On this link, http://www.nano4me.org/ there are numerous educational materials available for download from the educator tab. This is a great resource/reference that is available for free. The majority of the materials are concerned with nanofabrication, nanotechnology, medicine, and characterization. However, there are some terrific introductory materials explaining the basics of nanotechnology (history, how being used, consumer products, general overview).