A Needs-based Assessment of Measurements for Nanotechnology / Environmental Health and Safety
C.M. Allocca, T. Campbell
National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
environmental health, safety, measurements, standards
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is engaged in a continuing needs-based assessment of the state of the United States Measurement System (USMS). The USMS assessment addresses innovation-limiting measurement needs in three ways: by allowing potential providers of solutions to specific measurement problems to be engaged and mobilized; by bringing the attention of stakeholders to systemic issues in the functioning of the U.S. measurement system as a whole; and by serving as a catalyst for the identification of other needs and issues of the USMS. An in-depth study of measurement issues in the area of Nanotechnology / Environmental Health and Safety has been undertaken. Preliminary results will be presented, and potential implications will be reviewed. Recommendations will be made to address the most critical of these needs, and future plans for the world of nanomaterials will be explored.
Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract