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The Nano Dimension in Science Fiction - NANORA releases a brochure that’s out of the ordinary
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The Nano Dimension in Science Fiction - NANORA releases a brochure that’s out of the ordinary

The Nano Dimension in Science Fiction

NANORA releases a brochure that’s out of the ordinary

The new NANORA publication “Nanotech Ideas in Science-Fiction Literature” fosters new ways of thinking that are a necessary precondition for true innovation. With the start of the new year NANORA has fulfilled a promise given to members of the EU High Level Group on Nanosciences, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at a networking lunch on 15 October 2014: the network has issued a brochure that provides a completely new source of inspiration for nanotech innovation.

The appetite for this publication was whetted during the lunch, offered at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, by master storyteller Thomas Le Blanc, who gave a captivating presentation on nanotech ideas in science-fiction literature.

Mr. Le Blanc founded and operates the “Fantastic Library Wetzlar” in Hessen, the largest public library worldwide specializing in works of science fiction and fantasy that houses with roughly 250,000 volumes. Realizing that his expertise is of value not only to librarians and literary scholars, he has built a well-respected and sought-for consulting business. In his consultant capacity he advises companies both large and small on how to enrich their R&D activities by looking at the technological innovations described in science fiction.

NANORA lead partner HMWEVL (Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hessen) had already taken the opportunity to tap Mr. Le Blanc’s expertise for the issuing of a German brochure on nanotech scenarios in science fiction published as part of the Hessen-Nanotech series of publications earlier in 2014. After the German edition received enthusiastic feedback the Nano Regions Alliance decided to have the brochure translated into English and make it available to a wider European audience. Now the nano-based scenarios – tumour-hunting by tiny submarine, nanomachines assembling molecular structures, the designing of improved human bodies by DNA manipulation, and more – are accessible on the NANORA website and paper copies of the brochure are sent to interested parties upon request. “Of course,” Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional

Development of the State of Hessen, emphasized, “science-fiction literature does not offer any ready-made blueprints. Rather, its strength lies in sparking the imagination of its readers and thus fostering new ways of thinking that are a necessary precondition for true innovation.” And that is no small achievement.

NANORA, the Nano Regions Alliance, is a network of public policy institutions, associations, clusters and research and technology centres from currently eight European regions, based on a project funded by the European Union through the INTERREG IVB NWE Programme. The Alliance aims at improving framework conditions and support infrastructures for nanotechnology stakeholders. It supports nanotechnology SMEs and research institutions with matchmaking activities based on a unique transnational database of nano players, advice on suitable funding opportunities, and the organisation of joint trade missions to exciting nanotechnology market.

Contact:
Dr. Ulrike Niedner-Kalthoff
IV 7-B, KETs and Resource Efficiency Unit
Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hessen
Kaiser-Friedrich-Ring 75
65185 Wiesbaden
Germany
Date of publication: 01.2015
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EC e-magazine CORDIS Express issue on “The nanotech revolution”
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EC e-magazine CORDIS Express issue on “The nanotech revolution”

CORDIS Express: The nanotech revolution Modern nanotechnology has grown massively since its birth in 1981. Now, over 30 years after the launch of the first microscope that could 'see' individual atoms, the global market value for nanomaterials stands at approximately EUR 20 billion. The sector directly employs 300 000 to 400 000 in Europe, and products underpinned by nanotechnology are forecast to grow to a global volume of EUR 2 trillion by 2015.

But what exactly is nanotechnology? It can be defined as the study of phenomena and fine-tuning of materials at atomic, molecular and macromolecular scales. Materials of this size - nanomaterials - have properties which differ greatly from those at a larger scale. Often these properties offer significant advantages such as higher strength, lighter weight, increased control of light spectrum, and greater chemical reactivity. That's why our scientists and engineers are trying to find ways to make materials at the nanoscale.

It's hard for us to conceive of just how tiny nanomaterials are. Try to imagine that one nanometre is a billionth of a metre, and a sheet of newspaper is about 100 000 nanometres thick. On a comparative scale, if a marble were a nanometre, then one metre would be the size of the Earth. It's not surprising that researchers require highly specialised microscopes to observe life at this scale!

The scientific community recognises that nanomaterial-related applications have the potential to create major technological breakthroughs, and therefore nanomaterials have been identified as a key enabling technology. New nanomaterial-related applications include consumer products such as UV-filters in sun creams and anti-odour textiles, as well as medical and technical applications such as tumour therapies and lithium-ion batteries for electrical cars.

However, along with their many advantages, nanomaterials also raise certain concerns. They are similar to normal chemicals/substances in that some may be toxic, and potentially harmful to human health and the environment. All nanomaterials are submitted to a risk assessment although researchers admit that, this being a relatively new area, work on particular aspects of the testing is still required.

This edition of CORDIS Express looks at a range of research projects focused on developing new applications for nanomaterials as well as honing the risk assessment process.
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Nanotechnology is one of the most promising future technologies and is taking on ever greater importance in almost all areas of life. In the coming years nanotechnological applications will drive innovations and shape economic development. With its brochure “Nanotechnologies for Disaster Control and Development Cooperation”, the Action Line Hessen-Nanotech offer a survey of the potentials of nanotechnology for disaster control and development cooperation.

In Hessen, the professional, voluntary and works fire brigades alone number more than 74,000 fire-fighters and over 8,200 emergency vehicles. Nanotechnology gives them the chance to provide themselves with optimum equipment for their dangerous work. It offers the safety and rescue services engaged in disaster control practical technological improvements and innovations in the vital areas of protective equipment, communication and navigation, and also for the technical equipment and emergency vehicles of the fire brigades and the Agency for Technical Relief.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus once said that access to technology can mitigate poverty. Nanotechnology has enormous potential to offer from this point of view also. Development cooperation, just like disaster control, often finds itself confronted with requirement profiles which are difficult to calculate. Solutions in the field of nanotechnology, an overall survey of which is now being given for the first time in this brochure, open up interesting prospects for medical care, water purification, agriculture, nutrition and rural structure development in developing countries. New products and processes such as those introduced here can revolutionize international development cooperation.

The brochure drawn up by the Frankfurt consultancy agency :response gives both users and developers suggestions for discussing the possibilities of current applications and future developments. Without an exchange of this kind, no new marketable products can emerge.
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What innovation processes often lack is not technological innovation but the successful and – above all – realization of innovations in the form of marketable products. Creative minds are called for if new products are to find their way successfully from laboratory to end customer.

Designers and architects are increasingly becoming key figures for the success of innovative processes, particularly in the case of material based developments.

This ninety-page brochure presents successful examples of materials finding their way to the market, offers companies help in their search for creative service suppliers, and lists search options for new materials. The author is the materials and design specialist, Dr. Sascha Peters.
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Application of Nanotechnologies in the Energy Sector
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Application of Nanotechnologies in the Energy Sector

Pioneering innovations will be essential for the safeguarding of future energy supplies and the furtherance of climate protection. A major contribution towards these objectives can be made by putting nanotechnologies to work in the major energy supply areas, i.e. in buildings, transport and traffic, and in mobile or off-grid electricity applications. The brochure "Application of Nanotechnologies in the Energy Sector" points out the many different possibilities and illustrates them in numerous practical examples. This brochure, which was prepared by the VDI Technology Centre, is one of the first comprehensive publications on an exciting and highly topical theme.
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Nanotechnologies in Automobiles
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Innovation Potentials in Hesse for the Automotive Industry and its Subcontractors

In the cars of the future, nanotechnologies will help decisively to improve safety, comfort and environmental compatibility. Even now, there are signs of many highly interesting fields of automotive application. The brochure of the Action Line Hessen-Nanotech of the Hessian Ministry of Economy, Transport, Urban and Rural Development presents automotive manufacturers and suppliers and gives a vivid account, with many interesting concrete examples, of developments in shell, bodywork, interior, chassis and tyres, and also in the areas of electricity and electronics, motor and drive.

The nanotechnologies offer automotive manufacturers and suppliers in this country unique potentials to secure a technological lead and thus to consolidate their competitive position. It is expected that the present number of 750 million cars and utility vehicles will have doubled by 2030. Only with the help of innovative solutions such as the nanotechnologies will it be possible to manage a growth rate of this magnitude and its impacts.

For this purpose the brochure – prepared by Nano & Micro Technology Consulting (NMTC) and INPRO Innovationsgesellschaft, a society for the furtherance of advanced production systems in the automotive industry – gives information on networks and associations which provide support on innovative projects.

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Uses of Nanotechnology in Environmental Technology in Hessen
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Innovation potentials for companies

Nanotechnology is a source of essential innovative potential for many spheres of application. The environmental and energy technology sector is a particularly rewarding field of application for developments in nano and materials technology. The provision of clean drinking water and energy, saving valuable resources and climate protection are essential topics for the future and challenges to which nanotechnology can make a considerable positive contribution. New and innovative products or processes are possible everywhere - in fuel cells, in exhaust gas catalytic converters or in water preparation - thanks to the fascinating surface and functional qualities of nanoscale materials, enabling environmental protection to become even better and more economical. Applications in close proximity to the market are arising for nanotechnology.

The broschure "Use of Nanotechnology in Environmental Technology in Hessen" from the Hessian Ministry for Economics, Transport, Urban and Regional Development aims to link both interdisciplinary technologies together. On the one hand, the broschure, which was created by the Fraunhofer IAO as part of Aktionslinie Hessen-Umwelttech (Hessian environmental technology action line) and Hessen-Nanotech (Hessian nanotechnology action line) shows environmental companies possible uses and examples of nanotechnology. Above all though, it gives nanotechnology developers and providers an impression of the worthwhile spheres of application for their technologies and primary products in environmental technology.

Year of publication of the English language version: 2007
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EC e-magazine CORDIS Express issue on “The nanotech revolution”
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EC e-magazine CORDIS Express issue on “The nanotech revolution”

CORDIS Express: The nanotech revolution Modern nanotechnology has grown massively since its birth in 1981. Now, over 30 years after the launch of the first microscope that could 'see' individual atoms, the global market value for nanomaterials stands at approximately EUR 20 billion. The sector directly employs 300 000 to 400 000 in Europe, and products underpinned by nanotechnology are forecast to grow to a global volume of EUR 2 trillion by 2015.

But what exactly is nanotechnology? It can be defined as the study of phenomena and fine-tuning of materials at atomic, molecular and macromolecular scales. Materials of this size - nanomaterials - have properties which differ greatly from those at a larger scale. Often these properties offer significant advantages such as higher strength, lighter weight, increased control of light spectrum, and greater chemical reactivity. That's why our scientists and engineers are trying to find ways to make materials at the nanoscale.

It's hard for us to conceive of just how tiny nanomaterials are. Try to imagine that one nanometre is a billionth of a metre, and a sheet of newspaper is about 100 000 nanometres thick. On a comparative scale, if a marble were a nanometre, then one metre would be the size of the Earth. It's not surprising that researchers require highly specialised microscopes to observe life at this scale!

The scientific community recognises that nanomaterial-related applications have the potential to create major technological breakthroughs, and therefore nanomaterials have been identified as a key enabling technology. New nanomaterial-related applications include consumer products such as UV-filters in sun creams and anti-odour textiles, as well as medical and technical applications such as tumour therapies and lithium-ion batteries for electrical cars.

However, along with their many advantages, nanomaterials also raise certain concerns. They are similar to normal chemicals/substances in that some may be toxic, and potentially harmful to human health and the environment. All nanomaterials are submitted to a risk assessment although researchers admit that, this being a relatively new area, work on particular aspects of the testing is still required.

This edition of CORDIS Express looks at a range of research projects focused on developing new applications for nanomaterials as well as honing the risk assessment process.
Date of last visit: 08.2014
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Nanotechnology – An Introduction
Pdf: 225 KB

Nanotechnology – An Introduction

An Introduction to nanotechnology
Date of publication: 08.14
User Pic
Nanotechnology for Disaster Relief and Development
Pdf: 7.7 MB

Nanotechnology for Disaster Relief and Development

Nanotechnology is one of the most promising future technologies and is taking on ever greater importance in almost all areas of life. In the coming years nanotechnological applications will drive innovations and shape economic development. With its brochure “Nanotechnologies for Disaster Control and Development Cooperation”, the Action Line Hessen-Nanotech offer a survey of the potentials of nanotechnology for disaster control and development cooperation.

In Hessen, the professional, voluntary and works fire brigades alone number more than 74,000 fire-fighters and over 8,200 emergency vehicles. Nanotechnology gives them the chance to provide themselves with optimum equipment for their dangerous work. It offers the safety and rescue services engaged in disaster control practical technological improvements and innovations in the vital areas of protective equipment, communication and navigation, and also for the technical equipment and emergency vehicles of the fire brigades and the Agency for Technical Relief.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus once said that access to technology can mitigate poverty. Nanotechnology has enormous potential to offer from this point of view also. Development cooperation, just like disaster control, often finds itself confronted with requirement profiles which are difficult to calculate. Solutions in the field of nanotechnology, an overall survey of which is now being given for the first time in this brochure, open up interesting prospects for medical care, water purification, agriculture, nutrition and rural structure development in developing countries. New products and processes such as those introduced here can revolutionize international development cooperation.

The brochure drawn up by the Frankfurt consultancy agency :response gives both users and developers suggestions for discussing the possibilities of current applications and future developments. Without an exchange of this kind, no new marketable products can emerge.
Date of publication: 30.11.11
User Pic
Materials shape Products
Pdf: 6.7 MB

Increase Innovation and Market Opportunities with the Help of Creative Professionals

What innovation processes often lack is not technological innovation but the successful and – above all – realization of innovations in the form of marketable products. Creative minds are called for if new products are to find their way successfully from laboratory to end customer.

Designers and architects are increasingly becoming key figures for the success of innovative processes, particularly in the case of material based developments.

This ninety-page brochure presents successful examples of materials finding their way to the market, offers companies help in their search for creative service suppliers, and lists search options for new materials. The author is the materials and design specialist, Dr. Sascha Peters.
Date of publication: 22.12.10
User Pic
Application of Nanotechnologies in the Energy Sector
Pdf: 4.0 MB

Application of Nanotechnologies in the Energy Sector

Pioneering innovations will be essential for the safeguarding of future energy supplies and the furtherance of climate protection. A major contribution towards these objectives can be made by putting nanotechnologies to work in the major energy supply areas, i.e. in buildings, transport and traffic, and in mobile or off-grid electricity applications. The brochure "Application of Nanotechnologies in the Energy Sector" points out the many different possibilities and illustrates them in numerous practical examples. This brochure, which was prepared by the VDI Technology Centre, is one of the first comprehensive publications on an exciting and highly topical theme.
Date of publication: 22.12.10
User Pic
Nanotechnologies in Automobiles
Pdf: 1.9 MB

Innovation Potentials in Hesse for the Automotive Industry and its Subcontractors

In the cars of the future, nanotechnologies will help decisively to improve safety, comfort and environmental compatibility. Even now, there are signs of many highly interesting fields of automotive application. The brochure of the Action Line Hessen-Nanotech of the Hessian Ministry of Economy, Transport, Urban and Rural Development presents automotive manufacturers and suppliers and gives a vivid account, with many interesting concrete examples, of developments in shell, bodywork, interior, chassis and tyres, and also in the areas of electricity and electronics, motor and drive.

The nanotechnologies offer automotive manufacturers and suppliers in this country unique potentials to secure a technological lead and thus to consolidate their competitive position. It is expected that the present number of 750 million cars and utility vehicles will have doubled by 2030. Only with the help of innovative solutions such as the nanotechnologies will it be possible to manage a growth rate of this magnitude and its impacts.

For this purpose the brochure – prepared by Nano & Micro Technology Consulting (NMTC) and INPRO Innovationsgesellschaft, a society for the furtherance of advanced production systems in the automotive industry – gives information on networks and associations which provide support on innovative projects.

Year of publication of the English language version: 2008
Date of publication: 03.01.07
User Pic
Uses of Nanotechnology in Environmental Technology in Hessen
Pdf: 1.7 MB

Innovation potentials for companies

Nanotechnology is a source of essential innovative potential for many spheres of application. The environmental and energy technology sector is a particularly rewarding field of application for developments in nano and materials technology. The provision of clean drinking water and energy, saving valuable resources and climate protection are essential topics for the future and challenges to which nanotechnology can make a considerable positive contribution. New and innovative products or processes are possible everywhere - in fuel cells, in exhaust gas catalytic converters or in water preparation - thanks to the fascinating surface and functional qualities of nanoscale materials, enabling environmental protection to become even better and more economical. Applications in close proximity to the market are arising for nanotechnology.

The broschure "Use of Nanotechnology in Environmental Technology in Hessen" from the Hessian Ministry for Economics, Transport, Urban and Regional Development aims to link both interdisciplinary technologies together. On the one hand, the broschure, which was created by the Fraunhofer IAO as part of Aktionslinie Hessen-Umwelttech (Hessian environmental technology action line) and Hessen-Nanotech (Hessian nanotechnology action line) shows environmental companies possible uses and examples of nanotechnology. Above all though, it gives nanotechnology developers and providers an impression of the worthwhile spheres of application for their technologies and primary products in environmental technology.

Year of publication of the English language version: 2007
Date of publication: 16.06.05
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Aktionslinie Hessen-Nanotech Information Leaflet
Pdf: 1.6 MB

Support for nanotechnology and material based technologies in Hessen

The "Aktionslinie Hessen-Nanotech" (Hesse nanotechnology action line) information leaflet provides information in German and English about Hesse as a location for nano and materials technology, as well as about the aims, roles and services of the Aktionslinie Hessen-Nanotech.
Date of publication: 01.01.05