Although CBEN separates its projects into three main theme areas focused on basic science, bioengineering, and environmental engineering, there are projects and activities that span these areas. For example, many projects are addressing the interactions of nanoparticles with biological and environmental systems, including:
In addition, supplemental funding from NSF last year has enabled two new research projects that explore the societal impacts of nanotechnology:
Interactions with anthropologists Landecker and Kelty that were enabled by this supplemental funding have inspired the new Nanotechnology: Content and Context undergraduate course for which Rice was awarded a NSF Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education grant. The societal implications supplement also enabled a special panel and session on societal impacts at our annual symposium.
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