Brendan Bohannan

University of Oregon, Associate Professor, Department of Biology; Director, Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Michael Mallin

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Research Professor, Center for Marine Science

August 4, 2010

Urging caution with nanomaterials

Pedro Alvarez

render of nanotube: Geoff Hutchison

Builders will use nanomaterials to great benefit in future construction but must be wary of their effects on the environment, especially after disposal, says a new study by Pedro Alvarez (2008). For example, a nanomaterial that prevents bacterial films from growing on windows or solar panels could also harm beneficial bacteria in the environment.