Pursuing the Social Acceptance of Nanotechnology

Social Acceptance of Nanotechnology is an Essential Aspect of the Strategy For Research, Development, and Commercialization: An Interview With Masafumi Ata and Saori Ishizu at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

Nanotechnology is considered to be essential technology for social development in the 21st century, and related research and development are in progress in various fields, some of which are being commercialized. However, nanomaterials, such as, carbon nanotubes, are new artificial materials, and the effects of this human creation may have on the human body are unknown. Recent years, discussions are rapidly growing over the safety, risk assessment and management of nanomaterials.

Social acceptance of nanotechnology has internationally become a widely debated issue, growing into movements toward standardization. It is an issue that affects the foundation of nanotechnology development. To find out the current situation of the debate over social acceptance of nanotechnology, NanotechJapan visited the Working Group on Strategic Area of Nanotechnology at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), which has been engaged in this discussion, playing a central role both nationally and internationally, and interviewed its group director, Dr. Masafumi Ata and group leader, Saori Ishizu.

To read the full interview, please follow the link below.

Published: 12 May 2011

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