Green Chemistry Makes Many See Red

I like the Green Chemistry concept but I have some doubts that it is truly attainable in practice.  Many were hoping that California would lead the way but implementation issues are causing delays.  As you would expect not everyone is happy about this and there are those that had high expectations for the initiative.  There’s much work to be done and I doubt it will ever be what some people want it to be.  As I said in my column, “It’s going to end badly.”

How often do you see Yogi Berra quoted in a column on nanotechnology?  Not many – maybe that’s why I enjoyed doing it so much!  Read the column here.


I recently renewed my vehicle registration and was handed a sticker to put on the rear plate designating the year the registration expires.  Now personally I’m a bit anti-superstitious and I think it’s pretty cool to have number 13 on my car (just like my baseball uniform) but what will all of the triskadekaphobics due when they have to renew their registrations?


At the Intersection

Nanotechnology.  Depending on who you talk to it can be a curse which will ultimately mean the end of civilization as we know it and for others it will create a paradise on earth.  Really?

I think we all know that the reality of the impact of nanotechnology is probably somewhere in between the extremes.

It’s been just about ten years that I have had the opportunity to see the growth of nanotechnology from research to applications and, more recently, to controversy. The controversy stems from the concern for safety, a subject near and dear to many.  Concerns lead to laws and regulations regardless of the issue.

There, see how easy that was?  See how we can move from research to reality so easily? Now you see how we rationally shift back and forth through the intersecting worlds of science and politics.

As you may already know of me through my publication , my webinars or perhaps heard me speak at one time or another.  I also write a column for Nanotechnology Now that sometimes results in some interesting responses on the positions I’ve taken.  That’s fine with me because these issues are important and the dialogue can come from any direction so we need to be prepared to deal with whatever comes our way.

My recent column, The Politics of Fear and Anti-Nanotechnology Activism, addressed the ongoing rift between the organic food community and nanotechnology.  Oh, I also made a reference to the Tea Party.  Usually I expect to get a response from someone supporting one side or the other but I received only one email in which the author was none to happy with me.  It seems that the author has a special place in his heart for the political group in question and took me to task for bringing my politics into the discussion. It was with great amusement that I was being vilified for mixing politics and science in an opinion piece on the mixing of politics and science.

My friends, we have much to discuss about this intersection and 60 atoms will be there to be part of the dialogue.