Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, are receiving grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for continued research on the impacts of chemicals and nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design, manufacture, use, and disposal.

Arizona State University’s research will evaluate the trade-offs between using nanomaterials to improve the functionality of consumer products and the potential risks to humans and the environment.

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The University of California’s research will develop an online tool to evaluate life cycle impacts of chemicals which industry, academia and other decision makers can use to make more informed decisions about chemical and product design.

“EPA is committed to understanding how chemicals and materials can affect human health and the environment,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development. “This research will advance the science of chemical life cycle assessments and provide tools to design safer chemicals, while enabling a healthy economy and safer society.”