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Title: Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies – Consumer Product Inventory Evaluated
Authors: Berube, David
Searson, Eileen
Morton, Timothy
Cummings, Christopher
Keywords: Nanotechnology
Project on emerging nanotechnologies
Consumer products
Consumer product inventory
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Berube, D. M., Searson, E. M., Morton, T. S., & Cummings, C. L. (2010). Project on emerging nanotechnologies. Consumer product inventory evaluated. Nanotechnology Law & Business, 7(2), 152–163.
Series/Report no.: Nanotechnology Law & Business
Abstract: The  Project  on  Emerging Nanotechnologies  (PEN)  product  database  began in  2005.    The  PEN  Consumer Products  Inventory (CPI) has been  frequently cited in scholarly and popular articles as  well as  reports  from government and industry.  The CPI has  been used  to establish a baseline  or  benchmark  on  the  pervasiveness  of  products  produced  by  nanotechnology  and/or  incorporating nanoparticles.    In  this  article,  a  team  of  researchers  examine  and  validate  a  sample  from  the  CPI involving four prominent categories of nanoparticles (carbon, gold, silver, and iron).  The authors  conclude that the CPI has substantive deficiencies that call the validity of claims associated with the  CPI into question.  Individuals and organizations citing the CPI should be wary of over‐claiming the  reliability and validity of the presence of nanotechnology in consumer products. 
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Organisations: National Science Foundation; North Carolina State University
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