To enable the Army to respond rapidly to technological evolution and inform environmentally
sustainable technology design, the ERDC has created the Advanced Material Risk Assessment
Focus Area. A leader in nanomaterial evaluation over the entire technology life
cycle, the program offers cutting-edge capabilities in material characterization,
computational modeling, fate and transport assessment, toxicity analysis, and risk
management. As part of a strategy to promote innovation and advanced technologies,
the ERDC offers these complete life cycle analysis capabilities to all organizations
and their researchers.
NanoExPERT Tool Suite
There is a need for resources that help expedite environmental regulatory decisions
and foster technology development in the context of addressing potential environmental
health and safety risk concerns. The Nanomaterial Risk Assessment Focus Area has
developed a suite of tools, known as NanoExPERT that enables researchers to predict
the potential environmental risks associated with nanomaterials over the lifecycle
of the technology. NanoExPERT tool applications extend beyond the Army, to DoD,
university, and industry researchers involved in nanomaterial research or product
development capabilities to all organizations and their researchers.
Pioneering Nano Guidance
for Risk Informed Decisions
The Advanced Materials team is currently working to develop clear guidance on the
type of EHS information needed by technology developers in order to make risk-informed
decisions and meet regulatory compliance. This guidance process will result in lower
uncertainty and enable sustainable development, transition and acquisition.