News & Alerts

News & Alerts

Speakers sought for 2013 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference
NIA Members have been invited to speak at the 2013 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization's Conference in Santa Barbara, USA. A session will be held to hear from nanotechnology industry representatives on examples of how nanotechnology can be used to reduce energy or other resource consumption, compared to the technologies they substitute
US EPA believes Nano “shows Promise” for Use in Electric Car Batteries
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that ‘single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNTs) applications…show promise for improving the energy density and ultimate performance of the Li-ion batteries in vehicles’. The remarks were published in a recently released paper on lithium ion batteries
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NIA urges Environment Agency Austria to remove References that categorise Nanomaterials as ‘Substances of highest Concern’ from RoHS 2 Review
In its comments on the Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2 Directive (commissioned by DG Environment (EC); conducted by Environment Agency Austria), the NIA urged Environment Agency Austria to remove a general reference that categorises all nanomaterials as ‘substances of highest concern’
NIA Members Consultation: High-level NIA Panel Appearance on the European Commission 2nd Regulatory Review Workshop
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has been invited to present the NIA's opinion on the topic 'Why is existing regulation sufficient to ensure safe use of nanomaterials and what can industry do to generate trust?' as part of a high-level panel including European Commission officials.
European Nanoelectronics Bodies outline Proposal for EUR 100 billion Investment by 2020
AENEAS and CATRENE have published a positioning paper, entitled Innovation for the Future of Europe: Nanoelectronics beyond 2020. In it they describe 'a proposal by companies and institutes within Europe's nanoelectronics ecosystem to invest EUR 100 billion up to the year 2020 on an ambitious research and innovation programme, planned and...
UK TSB will invest in Nano over next three Years
The UK TSB has stated that it will 'invest in...nanotechnology-enabled materials and functionality'. This was revealed in the TSB's Enabling Technologies Strategy document, which outlines how the body will invest money in the 2012-2015 period so as to 'support innovation'
European Union urged to provide greater Support to Nanoscale Electronics
Attendees invited to a roundtable discussion on nanoelectronics have issued a call for the EU to "increase leverage in public and private investment" in the sector. Delegates to the event, co-organised by the ENIAC Joint Undertaking (ENIAC JU), stressed that Europe would fall behind on these "strategic technologies" unless something substantial...
NIA Comments featured in Submissions to SAICM Global Plan of Action
Comments provided by the NIA to SAICM Global Plan of Action are included in the list of official submissions received from stakeholders. The comments can be found in an information document that will be used at the upcoming third International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3)
Nanoscale Electronics could greatly benefit Medicine, says Article
An article published today states that 'thanks to nanotechnologies...the medical sector is about to undergo deep changes'. The report, entitled The Future of Nanotechnology: Electronics in Medicine, highlights how nanoscale electronics could bring 'a further push towards implanted electronics in the human body'
Recast EU Directive on WEEE to assess need for specific Nanomaterial Treatments
The European Parliament has issued a recast of its WEEE directive; this new directive states that 'to control possible risks to human and health and the environment from the treatment of WEEE that contains nanomaterials, it is appropriate for the Commission to assess whether specific treatment may be necessary'
Roundtable Discussion on Nanotech espouses Benefits to Industry and Agriculture
A recent discussion between nanotechnology stakeholders in Bangladesh has concluded that 'application of nanotechnology would enhance industrial and agricultural production at low-cost' for the future development of the country. It was also noted that it can also help bring about many other benefits
EC JRC Roundtable Discussion looks at Nano Issues
The EC's JRC recently released the minutes of a roundtable discussion where 'participants discussed the transversal priorities of key sectors of economic growth'; one of these sectors was identified as nanotechnology. The event looked primarily at sectors concerned with energy, transport and ICT, and areas related to health, food and nutrition
European Parliament approves Agreement on EEE Legislation
Members of the European Parliament voted to formally approve an agreement recently reached with Council on updating existing legislation for the RoHS in EEE. The updated legislation does not immediately add new substances to the current blacklist of six prohibited substances, but foresees a review by the Commission
Six top Nanotechnology Applications to save our Planet
With a growing concerns about the climate change and the reduction in natural reserves of fossil fuels, how would our efforts in nanotech innovation help the matter? Lux Research is reporting that by implementing just six top nanotechnology applications, leading industrialised countries like US, Germany and Japan could save up to 12% of their...
Where are all the nano-Investors?
Economic downturn and some uncertainty in economies around the world with additional cuts in government funding set a very bleak picture for the investment landscape for start-ups in any technology driven sector like nanotechnology. What trends and specific features of nanotech industry are still attractive to investors and what could we expect to...
‘Stop Bitching and start Pitching’ – Environmental NGO criticised for unhelpful Reporting
The latest Nanowerk Spotlight article takes issue with a recent report by Friends of the Earth (FoE), in which the NGO aims to analyse the level of implementation of environmentally beneficial nanotechnologies
Russian Nanotechnology Investments - Four Years later
RusNano, a Russian nanotechnology investment giant, has just reported on its most recent projects and investment portfolio. RusNano was formed in 2007 by the decree of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to promote, finance and develop nanotechnology sector in Russia
Crystal Ball Vision for US Nanotechnology Developments
For many years the US has led the way in developing nanotechnology sector. Back in 1999 the 'Nano1' report entitled Nanotechnology Research Directions: Vision for nanotechnology in the next Decade outlined the direction of North American development of nanotechnology
An anticipatory Governance Approach to Carbon Nanotube Risk Assessment
The November issues of the journal Risk Analysis features and article entitled An Anticipatory Governance Approach to Carbon Nanotubes. The report introduces carbon nanotubes as 'novel materials with remarkable properties; possible beneficial applications include aircraft frames, hydrogen storage, environmental sensors, electrical transmission,...