SPP: MSPP Alumna Publishes on Nanotechnology

Vrishali Subramanian co-authors paper on nanotechnology.


Vrishali Subramanian, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Venice, Italy).

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Nanotechnology presents challenges in defining and measuring sustainble materials and products.

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"The complexity of nanomaterials themselves as well as the enabling nature of nanotechnology in general results in significant difficulties in defining and measuring sustainability associated with emerging materials and products. Defining metrics of environmental, societal, and economic impacts and integrating them into a multi-criteria decision analysis model is one way to assess the sustainability of nanoproducts and processes through an application-focused top-down approach. Given the current high level of uncertainty in many aspects of nanotechnology and the unknown trajectory of a field still in its infancy, it is important to teach nanotechnology in a contextual setting where discussions of uncertainty and variability are strongly encouraged. Sustainability should be linked to technology management processes to capture evolving technology and understanding of its benefits and risks."

  • SPP: Vrishali Subramanian, MSPP Alumna SPP: Vrishali Subramanian, MSPP Alumna

Vrishali Subramanian has earned Master's degrees in Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University at Lubbock and Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology at  Atlanta. While earning her M.S. in Public Policy, she conducted research and published on nanotechnology with Dr. Philip Shapira, Dr. Alan Porter, and Dr. Jan Youtie (http://works.bepress.com/pshapira/4/) and Dr. Susan Cozzens and Thomas Woodson (http://works.bepress.com/thomas_woodson/4/) , all affilitated with the School of Public Policy   Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in Environmental Sciences at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Venice, Italy). Her research interests continue to focus on nanotechnology. Her recent Nano Today publication "Sustainable nanontechnology: Definining, measuring and teaching" can be found at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1748013214000164.

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School of Public Policy

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
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Electronics and Nanotechnology
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Nanotechnology, public policy, science and technology policy
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