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TURI's research program looks at two aspects of nanotechnology: its possibilities for producing safer alternatives to traditional materials, and its potential impacts on environmental and occupational health.

Cobalt nanoparticles
Cobalt nanoparticles. Photo: ICN

Environmental and Occupational Health

TURI contributes to the environmental health and safety team at the UMass Lowell Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, working to incorporate relevant health and safety practices in the Center's nanotechnology research. Research into occupational exposures to nanoparticles in laboratory and manufacturing settings contributed to the development of Best Practice Guidance to assist users in research labs and industry to work safely with nanoparticles.

Alternatives Research

TURI funds university researchers to investigate the use of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies as alternatives to toxic chemicals, materials and processes. Recent research projects include the use of lead-free nanosolders and nanocomposites in the electronics and wire and cable industries.

More Info

The TURI Library's subject guide to nanotechnology health and safety issues provides an introduction to some of the key issues this emerging technology presents to researchers, workers, and the public. It includes links to electronic books, websites, reports and journal articles.