Nanotechnology has important roles to play in international efforts in sustainability. In a new publication on ACS, scientists (among them Albert van den Berg), discuss how current and future capabilities in nanotechnology align with and support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They argue that, as a field, they can accelerate the progress toward these goals both directly through technological solutions and through our special interdisciplinary skills in communication and tackling difficult challenges. They discuss the roles of targeting solutions, technology translation, the circular economy, and a number of examples from national efforts around the world in reaching these goals. The scientists have formed a network of leading nanocenters to address these challenges globally and seek to recruit others to join us.
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