Chemical Call-in/Nano Archive

DTSC and Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a science that promises breakthroughs in all kinds of areas. We are already seeing it in stain resistant clothes, stronger materials and even in makeup. DTSC is working to make sure that Nanotechnology is safe for our health and the environment, that industry and government build strong partnerships, that the consumers get product information and that the benefits of Green chemistry will be incorporated.

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Why is DTSC interested in nanotechnology?

DTSC sees nanotechnology as the new “plastic” because it will show up in many industrial applications and consumer products. Materials and devices designed at the nanoscale level are being used or considered for use in applications as diverse as cancer treatment to scratch-resistance automotive coatings.  Because of the unique properties of nanomaterials, DTSC sees a need to understand this industrial sector and its products by:

  • gathering information on nanotechnology,
  • monitoring the efforts of other regulatory agencies about this emerging technology,
  • working with this emerging industrial sector to incorporate the benefits of "green chemistry" approaches, pollution prevention techniques, and sustainable manufacturing strategies to prevent potential adverse public health and environmental consequences,
  • working toward a partnership with this industrial sector to develop an industrial ecology of manufacturing to product stewardship approach that will protect public health and the environment, and
  • continuing to explore the merits of pro-active industrial initiatives and traditional governmental regulatory approaches.


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Public Workshop on State and Federal Nanomaterial Activities

The Department of Toxic Substances Control and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) sponsored a public workshop on September 22, 2010 in San Francisco.  The purpose of the workshop was to discuss:

  1. the results of the state's carbon nanotube information call-in,
  2. future data call-in requests for additional nanomaterials, and
  3. federal efforts related to carbon nanotubes for nanomaterials.

Agenda (Links to presentations available on agenda!)

Conference Call Presentation: Nanoscale titanium dioxide and organic sunscreens

On March 8, 2010, DTSC and U.S. EPA staff participated in a conference call hosted by the BASF, Evonik, Dupont and Pennsylvania Bio Nano Systems, LLC.  The call was designed to educate DTSC and U.S. EPA staff on specific aspects of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and organic sunscreens that included:

The presentation material can be downloaded off the agenda or from the embedded links in the bullets above.

Responding to DTSC's Data Call-in for Carbon Nanotubes

DTSC participated in a webinar hosted by McKenna, Long, & Aldrich, LLP on December 3, 2009 for the Carbon Nanotube Coalition.  The following handouts are available for viewing:

Symposium #5
California Nanotechnology Initiative Symposium V: An Industry Perspective

The California Nano Industry Network, a network of corporations and State and national trade associations, and DTSC hosted a full-day symposium on Monday, November 16, 2009 in Sacramento, CA. Links to the speakers' presentations can be found on the agenda. Video will be posted in the future.

Symposium #4
Nanotechnology IV Symposium:  Nanotechnology for Environmental Cleanup and Pollution Control Science, Implementation, and Regulatory Issues

The Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) hosted an all-day symposium on November 3, 2009, in Burlingame, CA.  The Department of Toxic Substances Control and AMEC Geomatrix, Inc. were co-sponsors of this event.  The Symposium was a forum for leading nanotechnology researchers, practitioners, and policy and regulatory experts to share and express the latest research findings, case studies, and regulatory issues of nanotechnology. The focus of the Symposium was on the application of nanotechnology for groundwater remediation, surface water treatment, and pollution control. 

Symposium #3
DTSC Nanotechnology III Symposium, "NanoRegulation - Anticipating the Smallest Threats and the Largest Opportunities"

DTSC and the University of California Toxics Research & Teaching Program hosted a full-day nanotechnology symposium on March 19, 2009 at the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building in Sacramento. 

Symposium #2
DTSC Nanotechnology Symposium II, “Potential Hazards of Nanoparticles in the Environment

DTSC hosted a free public, all-day nanotechnology symposium on October 3, 2007 in Sacramento.

  • Agenda (includes links to speakers' biographies and presentations)
  • Brochure

Symposium #1
Nanotechnology Symposium

DTSC hosted a free, public half-day nanotechnology symposium on March 8, 2007 in Sacramento.