Like electricity, nanotechnology is a General Purpose Technology (GPT); the use of nanotechnologies in electrical and electronic equipment therefore harbours unprecedented potential:

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  • For energy considerations alone, nanotechnology already delivers solutions ranging from the provision of economically viable production processes of renewable energies, to the replacement of proven toxic substances, such as mercury, form energy saving lighting, to the introduction of lighter, stronger material in transport vehicles, to the use of cost-effective ‘ulta-capacitors’.
  • In the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), nanotechnology is instrumental in solving some of the most fundamental challenges faced: while traditional approaches to ICT manufacture are currently pushed to their fundamental physical limits, the incorporation of nanomaterials in ICT systems allows extension of conventional ICT platforms and enables new innovations and technologies beyond the current platforms.


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Safe by Design workshop slides published

NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools.

Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including:

JRC report 'NanoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials' published

NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'.
The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme.