NIA’s Director General Steffi Friedrichs stated in an interview with Innovation International that ‘nanotechnologies are already used in many industrial processes and incorporated in intermediate and final products, allowing greener, more economic and more sustainable processes in the case of the former, and increased functionalities and properties in the case of the latter’. She stated that she believed ‘their use will continue to grow steadily, with an increasing number of traditional materials replaced with economically, environmentally or functionally beneficial nanomaterials’.
A key subject in the discussion was about the applications of nanotechnology to environmentally sustainability: Dr Friedrichs stated that ‘we [NIA] agree with and wish to underline the manifold ways in which nanotechnology enables and supports the development and commercialisation of greener, more sustainable products and industrial processes’. Following on from discussion about a report published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development‘s (OECD) Working Party on Nanotechologies (WPN), entitled Nanotechnology for Green Innovation, Dr Friedrichs underlined that, ‘in many cases, nanotechnology-enabled innovations were first adopted by the manufacturing industries to improve their in-house production processes’, before looking to pass them on to the public.
Dr Friedrichs also discusses the work of the PROSPEcT project, which ‘provided a tailor-made collaborative platform’ to address the needs to the OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials; by setting the work up as a public-private partnership (PPP), PROSPEcT was able to ‘ensure full transparency […] whilst protecting the project partners from unnecessary administrative burdens’.
The interview also covers NIA’s recent work on the NanoGap project, and why international standards are so important for the field.
Follow this link to read the full interview.