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Nanoscale Ceramics: Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Implications



Part of the symposium on Nanostructured Materials at the Fourth International Congress on Ceramics (ICC4) dealt with health aspects related to these materials. Major issues discussed included definitions and measurements of nanoparticles, best test protocols, collaboration and communication between, for example, materials scientists and biologists, and the plethora of information and regulations (that is sometimes even conflicting). Emerging opportunities were identified in terms of obtaining uniformity of nomenclature and testing standards, education and training of a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers, and understanding and then fully exploiting the positive aspects of nanomaterials, including improvements to human health.