• 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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Data on new, innovative and safe application related materials


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The code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research (code of conduct) is the Annex to the first nanotechnology-specific legal measure by the EU (2008), a Commission recommendation that is legally non-binding. The nanotechnologies code of conduct contains principles and guidelines for integrated, safe and responsible (ethical) nanoscience and nanotechnologies (N&N) research. The central control mechanisms are research prioritisation, technology assessment, ethical and fundamental law clauses/restrictions, defensibility checks and accountability. The EU Commission appeals to the Member States to comply with the voluntary guidelines and principles; encourages funding bodies to only fund research that complies with the code and to implement the code; encourages researchers to commit themselves to compliance with the code and civil society organisations to participate in N&N research. As yet, only a few implementation measures have been adopted. From a legal point of view, the code is controversial, and nevertheless it has an influence on the ongoing discussion on the topic of "responsible research and innovation" at EU level.


The dossiers summarise in an easily-understandable but scientifically sound manner in approximately three to six pages the current knowledge on the latest topics of the merging nanotechnology debate.

Download of the dossier (PDF, 250 KB) here 

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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