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News & Alerts

New Appetite for Nanotech Investment
Nanotechnology has been heralded as the new industrial and innovation paradigm by manufacturers and investors alike. Within the US companies are investing USD 2.75 billion. The investment is said to be split between electronics information technology (50%), materials and manufacturing (37%), health care (8%) and energy/environment
Green shoots of Nanotechnology in red?
In the midst of discussions on nanotechnology innovation and novel applications across the whole spectrum of products and services, a report came out from The Friends of the Earth (FoE) accusing the nanotechnology community and innovations of not doing enough to reduce our impact on the environment
Obama is crowdsourcing NNI Strategy Comments
The White House unveiled a draft for a $1.76 billion programme to start in the year 2011. This is the continuation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), based on a strategy document that was put to the public for comments on the 1 November 2010 until the 30 November 2010
Nanotechnologies mitigate Climate Change
The Nanowerk Spotlight investigates the potential of ‘Nanotechnologies to mitigate global warming’. The article focuses on the first two elements of the main strategies to combat global warming
Anticipating the Governance of Carbon Nanotubes
An article, entitled An Anticipatory Governance Approach to Carbon Nanotubes, published in the journal Risk Analysis, discusses the potential strategies in regulating emerging applications of carbon nanotubes
PEN Consumer Products Inventory has substantive Deficiencies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) Consumer Products Inventory (CPI) received heavy criticism by a team of researchers, who aimed to examine and validate the inventory by investigating four prominent categories of nanoparticles (carbon, gold, silver, and iron)
US GAO urges EPA to take regulatory Action on Nanomaterials
The US GAO (Government Accountability Office) has published a report, in which it identifies severe challenges to the EPA regarding the regulation of potential risks associated with nanotechnology
'Hazardous Substance inside?' NIA comments on Demands for Labelling of Electronics
'Every transistor in a computer chip would...include a hazardous substance,' Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, comments on the recent vote of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee to support a set of amendments to the RoHS Directive, which includes a call for labelling of ‘nanomaterials’, identified as such according to a...
European Commission publishes 2nd Implementation Report on the European Action Plan 2005-2009
The EC has published the 2nd Implementation Report on the European Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009; according to the introduction, the Communication ‘outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Action Plan, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the...
High-Tech Industries Associations support a common Strategy for Key Enabling Technologies in the EU
A coalition of seven high-tech industries associations, led by SEMI (Semiconductor, Equipment and Materials International), has published comments on the EC's Communication Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies in the EU (COM(2009) 512)
Nanotechnologies top the European Commission’s List of Key Enabling Technologies for Society and Economy
The European Commission has published a communication entitled Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies in the EU, which outlines the importance of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for society and the economy
Nanotechnology highlighted as Priority Area for EU-Malaysia Cooperation
The EC Director of International Cooperation in Science and Technology has called for a full utilisation of the EU FP7. Explaining that the new Framework Programme 7 -- from 2007-2013-- had a total budget of EUR 54 billion, she noted that it was aimed at boosting innovation and research capacity, and that it would, at the same time, enhance EU...
Intermediates promise to deliver the largest Returns of Nanotechnology Value Chains
According to the latest State of the Market report, intermediate nanotechnology-enabled products promise the biggest return on investment: ‘Lux Research used its value chain framework to measure and forecast adoption across four major industry sectors – manufacturing and materials, electronics and IT, healthcare and life sciences, and energy and...
Nanotechnologies to support the Competitiveness of the European Microelectronic Industry
SEMI has published a White Paper entitled 6 Recommendations to the European Union and National Governments to Increase Europe’s Microelectronic Industry Competitiveness (SEMI White Paper). The paper identifies nanotechnologies as a core enabling technology to the advancement of the European semiconductor industries
"Nanomaterials’ use is only going to keep growing’
A new report from Lux Research revealed that $147 billion worth of nano-enabled products were produced in 2007; this figure is expected to grow to $3.1 trillion in 2015
Technology Company fined for ‘Nano-Coating’ Pesticide Claims
The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a Southern California technology company USD 208,000 for 'nano coating' pesticide claims on computer peripherals. According to the EPA, IOGEAR made unverified claims that coating on keyboard and mouse accessories would eliminate pathogens and kill bacteria
NIA for Sustainability
What can nanotechnology industries do for your business’ quest for environmental sustainability? Find out in this month’s issue of Sustainable Solutions, a bi-monthly UK-based journal, launched in October 2006, which is a resource for all UK and European companies who wish to meet their corporate social responsibilities by moving towards...