Initial studies indicate that consumer concerns about nanomaterial use in point-of-use water systems may be overestimated by manufacturers. Nevertheless, manufacturers should continue to focus on building consumer confidence in the safety of their products.
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This work was partially funded through the Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Nanosystems Engineering Research Center, with support from the National Science Foundation (EEC-1449500).
The authors declare no competing interests.
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Maynard, A.D., Kidd, J. Are assumptions of consumer views impeding nano-based water treatment technologies?. Nature Nanotech 13, 673–674 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41565-018-0230-z