Is nanotechnology too broad to practise?

New regulations concerning nanomaterials should consider the details of individual materials, applications and environments to avoid generalizations that might stifle the entire field.

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Figure 1: Calls for compliance to new regulations on nanotechnology can stifle research unless they are materials-specific and cast in a compliable framework.

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Drezek, R., Tour, J. Is nanotechnology too broad to practise?. Nature Nanotech 5, 168–169 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2010.37

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