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Dr. Barbara Karn is the Program Director for the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation. She is also a senior advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and co-founder of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization.
Barbara completed her BS in chemistry at Ohio State University and Masters degrees at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, before receiving her Ph.D. in Biology and Environmental Sciences at Florida International University.
Barbara has extensive experience within the environmental sector, currently focusing on nanotechnology. Previously, she has worked as an environmental scientist at the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and built a research program in Nanotechnology and the Environment. She continues to work in the National Nanotechnology Initiative, a part of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy. She remains a sought-after speaker on nanotechnology and the environment.
Barbara has been the Nanotechnology Scholar at Georgetown University’s Program on Science in the Public Interest and was also named one of the Top Ten Experts in nanotechnology environment, health and safety issues by Nanotechnology Law and Business. She has published extensively within the nanotechnology field, including the following two highly-cited titles:
- Nanotechnology and in Situ Remediation: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Risks, Environmental Health Perspectives, 2009, 117, 1823-1831, DOI: 10.1289/ehp.0900793
- Nanoscale environmental science and technology: Challenges and opportunities, Environmental Science & Technology, 2005, 39, 94A-95A, DOI: 10.1021/es05319