IRG 2-12: Will Nanotechnology Prove to be Disruptive? Effects on the Workforce of an Emerging Technology

(Appelbaum, Foladori, Zayago, Lau, Parker)

This project examines the current and likely future impact of nanotechnology on the workforce, globally by examining such issues as job creation and destruction, brain drain and brain circulation, the types and quality of jobs that are likely to result, training and retraining programs that will be required, and workplace health and safety issues. It examines these issues throughout the nanotechnology global value chain, from the production of raw nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (typically the most potentially toxic stage, and one that is most likely to occur in emerging economies) to the incorporation of nanomaterials into final products.