(Nanowerk News) The topic concerning the
regulation of nanotechnology is an ongoing controversial discussion in many
countries and in international forum around the world. In some countries,
nanomaterial labeling is not required while in others it is.
NANOTEC and Asia Nano Forum (ANF) jointly organized the 1st
Asia Nano Forum Summit Technical Seminar in Bangkok on “Nano Labeling and
Safety Issues” and “Green Nanotechnology”. Invited speakers from 15 of ANF
member economics participated in the technical presentation and discussion.
“Risk assessment for manufactured nanomaterials is
considered to be the first step for risk assessment for entire nanotechnology.
Exposure assessment is integrated with hazard to assess the risk of
manufactured nanomaterials” said Dr. Gaku Ichihara of Nagoya University
Graduate School of Medicine who gave a talk on Occupational and Environmental
Health in Nanotechnology. “Moreover, exposure assessment is considered to be
the entrance for further occupational health survey or epidemiology on the
workers exposed to manufactured nanomaterials”.
Also speaking at the seminar was Prof. Yasuhiko Sugii,
Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering, The University of
Tokyo, Japan who gave a talk on “Research Activities of the nanotechnology in
Japan”. According to Prof. Yasuhiko, the University of Tokyo is initiating a
new project “Green Network of Excellence (GRENE)” for nanotechnology in Japan,
named as “Creation of the Network of Excellence for the Human Resource
Development, and Advanced Environmental Materials and Devices toward
Environment and Energy Technology” sponsored by the Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. The objective of the
project is to integrate research accomplishments and knowledge of “Advanced
Environmental Materials” to create advanced environmental materials by
upgrading technologies for microstructure analysis and micro fabrication as
Creation of new research network by cooperation of three hub
Synthesis of advanced materials and demonstration of devices
toward energy-harvesting and energy-saving
Establishment of novel curriculum by utilizing highly
The 1st ANFoS Technical Seminar was held in conjunction with
Nano Forum Summit 2012 (ANFoS 2012) which is is an annual meeting of the
representatives of 15 economic members of Asia Nano Forum (ANF). The meeting
provides an opportunity for member countries to update on status of
nanotechnology development in their respective countries. It also serves as a
venue to hold the ANF Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Thailand is the host country for ANFoS 2012 and NANOTEC is
the main organizer of the event.