Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 1–13

Societal implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology: Maximizing human benefit


DOI: 10.1007/s11051-004-2336-5

Cite this article as:
Roco, M.C. & Bainbridge, W. J Nanopart Res (2005) 7: 1. doi:10.1007/s11051-004-2336-5


The balance between the potential benefits and risks of nanotechnology is discussed based on judgments expressed by leading industry, academe and government experts at a U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) sponsored meeting. The results are summarized in various themes related to: economic impacts and commercialization; social scenarios; technological convergence; quality of life; ethics and law; governance, public perceptions, and education.


nanoscale science and engineeringnanotechnologybenefits and uncertaintiesresponsible R&Drecommendationsconverging technologies

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Science FoundationArlingtonUSA