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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.

  • Research

    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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BAuA Symposium 2016

On April 20th, 2016, The German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) invited to an international symposium on asbestos-like fibres from nanomaterials and other advanced materials. The goal was to initiate a transdisciplinary debate among representatives from academia, regulatory agencies, industry, and other interested parties in the governance landscape on advanced materials. It was also addressed to the members of the WHO Guideline Development Group "WHO Guidelines on Nanomaterials and Workers' Health", who held a face-to-face meeting on April 18/19, 2016, at BAuA in Dortmund.


  • The presentations given during the symposium can be downloaded via the BAuA Website: http://www.baua.de/en/Topics-from-A-to-Z/Hazardous-Substances/Workshops/Symposium-2016/Symposium-2016.html





  • Rüdiger Pipke (BAuA). WHO fibres from nanomaterials - a brief look into history
  • Elen Stokes (Cardiff School of Law and Politics). The Tortoise and the Hare - Governance challenges under conditions of scientific uncertainty
  • Thomas Gebel (BAuA). Hazards and risks from WHO fibres at the workplace
  • Andreas Lüdecke (BAuA). National Asbestos Profile - Germany 2014
  • Elisabeth Heunisch (BAuA). WHO fiber release, workplace exposure measurement and assessment
  • Asmus Meyer-Plath (BAuA). Fibrous Nano and Advanced Materials
  • Aline Reichow (BAuA). Communication and Co-operation: Trans-disciplinary approaches for a safe material design



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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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