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    Carbon black in tires, quantum dots in LEDs or titanium nitride in PET bottles ...
    Our knowledge base provides information on products and applications of nanomaterials, illuminates health and environmental aspects.

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    News and information around the topic of nanotechnology.

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    Research regarding the impacts of nanoparticles on people and the environment is needed. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds projects to fill knowledge gaps and to initiate measures to identify and minimize risk.

  • Nano Basics

    Basic information about nanomaterials for humans and the environment.


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Fraunhofer ISI Study 2014

A new study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) on behalf of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) deals with the question which role nanotechnology and nano materials will play in the energy sector, especially energy storage and solar energy.


The study finds that the use of nanotechnology will increase in the following years and that improved materials efficiency and reduced manufacturing costs are just two of the real economic benefits that nanotechnology already brings to these fields. Battery storage capacity could be extended, solar cells could be produced cheaper, and the lifetime of solar cells or batteries for electric cars could be increased, all thanks to the continued development of nanotechnology.


You can find the complete press release here at http://www.isi.fraunhofer.de/isi-en/service/presseinfos/2014/pri03-2014-nano-technology-energy-efficiency.php



Ralph Seitz, Björn P. Moller, Axel Thielmann, Andreas Sauer, Michael Meister, Mickael Pero, Oliver Kleine, Clemens Rohde, Antje Bierwisch, Meike de Vries, Victoria Kayser (2014). Nanotechnology in the sectors of solar energy and energy storage – Technology Report. Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Germany & International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Geneva, Switzerland. (PDF, 2.1 MB)



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Information on the sponsorship programmes of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on nanotechnologies for humans and the environment.


Knowledge Base

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A database with important and generally understandable aspects on health and environment of applied nanomaterials as well as facts on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.


Nano Basics

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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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