Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Beyond Implications and Applications: the Story of Safety by Design

Kelty, Christopher M

Journal Information:
Vol. 3, Num. 2


Much of this article is wrapped up in trying to untie terms like implication and application and the possible toxicity of buckyballs, or buckminsterfullerenes. The real story, though, as the title would suggest, is the attempt to write safety concern into the development of nanotechnology, or safety by design. The concern of this particular project was to see if it was possible to make safety be a property of materials on par with other fundamental properties like thermal conductivity, light absorption or stress/strain ratios. Such concerns, hopefully, would allow simple terms like good and bad to fade into the background as scientists and the lay public begin to understand the importance of understanding the effects of nanotechnology at a much more basic level.