• Knowledge Base

    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.

  • News

    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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ContactPoint Nano Switzerland

A new contact point for start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and industry has been created to pool scientific and regulatory knowledge and expertise available in Switzerland about nanotechnology. contactpointnano.ch is intended to build bridges between research and innovative application.


Switzerland is one of the world's leading countries in nano-research. There are however plenty of questions when trying to apply the existing knowledge into practice and fully exhaust the potential of nanomaterials, be it the characterization of new materials, safe handling thereof or the creation of national and international regulations. While today, answers for these questions have to be gathered from multiple places, contactpointnano.ch is designed to facilitate access to existing knowledge.

During a two-year pilot phase, contactpointnano.ch will be presided by Empa-scientist Peter Wick. The platform is going to gather and classify the existing scientific, industrial and regulatory knowledge and provide this to enterprises in line with their needs. The contact platform itself will conduct neither safety assessments nor any measurements, but facilitate contact for enterprises to experts, organize training events, and serve as a platform for exchange of information. It is supported by an assembly of experts, headed by Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser and Alke Fink from the Adolphe-Merkle-Institute of the University of Freiburg....




Current Research

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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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