An overview of the special issue of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research on Occupational and Environmental Health of nanotechnology is presented. Papers published in this special issue show considerable progress in understanding nanoparticle toxicity, monitoring, generation, dustiness, filtration, and applications of nanoparticles. More research is needed to ensure safe handling of nanomaterials as nanotechnology continues to develop at an incredible pace.
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Acknowledgments Most of the articles in this special issue are invited papers from the 3rd International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Occupational and Environmental Health, held in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 29–Sep. 1, 2007. The symposium cochairs are Maw-Kuen Wu and Chuen-Jinn Tsai. Editors Chuen-Jinn Tsai and David Y. H. Pui and the symposium organizers would like to acknowledge the support of the following sponsors: Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan; Taiwan National Science Council, Executive Yuan; Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan; Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, Taiwan; Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Taiwan; Taiwan Association for Aerosol Research (TAAR); Particle Technology Laboratory, University of Minnesota, USA; National Science and Technology Program for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Taiwan; National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan; Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development.
- Environmental health
- Exposure assessment
- Health and safety
- Occupational health