Studying How “Green” Nanotechnology Can Be

Larval fish (the fathead minnow) used in a study of nanotoxicology by Matthew Hull et al. Matthew Hull, founder of NanoSafe, Inc., a VT KnowledgeWorks member company, was featured in a Nanowerk Spotlight, Nanowerk's "nanotechnology feature [that] looks behind the buzz and the hype…[to] what's new and hot around the globe."

The Nanowerk Spotlight, Not so 'green' nanotechnology manufacturing, explores the implications of the paper by Hull et al., Release of Metal Impurities from Carbon Nanomaterials Influences Aquatic Toxicity, on environmental impacts of impurities and byproducts associated with nanomanufacturing processes.

In their study, Hull and colleagues studied whether feedstock metals associated with the production of these materials can become mobilized and reach toxic concentrations in simulated aquatic systems.

Water flea (Ceriodaphnia dubia) used in nanotoxicology study by Matthew Hull et al. The photos, courtesy of Alan Kennedy, US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer and Research Development Center, show the two types of test organisms used in the study.  In the upper left is a larval fish (the fathead minnow) and to the right is a water flea (Ceriodaphnia dubia).

According to Matthew Hull, "As these results demonstrate, management of nanotechnology wastes will factor heavily into emerging nanomanufacturing activities.  Consequently, NanoSafe, Inc. has positioned itself to provide waste management solutions for generators of these wastes."

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NanoSafe, Inc. helps nanotechnology organizations navigate emerging environmental health and safety (EHS) issues.  NanoSafe, Inc. offers consulting, testing, and research and development services designed to accommodate a broad range of client needs.  Founded in 2007 by Matthew Hull, NanoSafe is headquartered in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center's VT KnowledgeWorks Business Accelerator (Blacksburg, VA). 

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