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Advances in molecular scale engineering could revolutionize manufacturing, medicine and many other domains. How can we achieve this safely, without unwanted side effects?

Research Papers


  • Molecular Nanotechnology Lab: A research group devoted to the synthesis, characterization, and application of advanced nanomaterials.
  • Nano Environment: Provides funding to university centers with the aim of advancing public awareness of nanotechnology.
  • NanoEthicsBank: A database conceived as a resource for researchers, scholars, students, and the general public who are interested in the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology.
  • The Cultural Cognition Project: A project at Yale Law School dedicated to studying how cultural values shape public risk perceptions and related policy beliefs.
  • Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET): A wide network of knowledgeable professionals who identify, clarify, and prioritize the big questions raised in a future perspective to cultivate a context within which solutions can be developed.
  • Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN): A research and advocacy think tank concerned with the major societal and environmental implications of advanced nanotechnology.
  • Foresight Institute: A leading think tank and and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Discovers and promotes the upsides of, and helps avoid the dangers of nanotechnology, AI, biotechnology, and similar life-changing developments.
  • Institute for Molecular Manufacturing: Conducts and funds nanotechnology research as a complement to its sister organization, Foresight Institute.
  • Lifeboat Foundation: An organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies.
  • Nanotechnology Now: Covers a variety of future sciences to serve the information needs of business, government, academic, and public communities.
  • National Nanotechnology Initiative: A U.S. Government research and development initiative involving the nanotechnology-related activities of 20 departments and independent agencies.
  • Safe Nano: Provides multidisciplinary industrial, academia, and governments with independent authorative expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to enable effective nanotechnology risk management.
  • Sustainable Nanotech Organization (SNO): Supports the development and research of sustainable nanotechnology for the evironment, health, and safety, and the use of nanotechnology in policy and decision-making.
  • The Nanoethics Group: A non-partisan organization that studies the ethical and societal implications of nanotechnology.

These organizations above all work on nanotechnology issues, though many cover other topics as well. This list is undoubtedly incomplete; please contact us to suggest additions or corrections.


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