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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding projects on new, advanced and application-safe materials / nanomaterials as well as measures for risk identification and risk minimisation.
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The Federal Government’s Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020  provides an integrated concept for using nanotechnology without endangering people or the environment and for making innovations sustainable. At the heart of this action plan are the further development of testing and measuring methods for risk characterisation, support for research institutions and companies in designing material innovations in a way that is safe for application and environmentally compatible, the derivation of options for action for risk management and the further optimisation of risk communication. They are supported by a joint research strategy “Nanomaterials and other innovative materials: safe and environmentally compatible” of various higher German federal authorities.

 Nanoplastics challenge - How to improve tracking of nanopolystyrene distribution in the environment.
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January 2021: Nanoplastics challenge - How to improve tracking of nanopolystyrene distribution in the environment.

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NanoCare4.0 - Reliable material innovations - the new BMBF funding measure

At present, the development and production of new materials are facing fundamental changes. New ways of material development include virtual material development with a computer-aided design, increasingly use digital data for modelling and simulation and support research into new material classes. Safety aspects must therefore be taken into account at an early stage in the development process and throughout the entire life cycle of the material. In order to meet these demands of industry and consumers, the new NanoCare4.0 funding measure is to investigate not only nanomaterials, but all innovative materials that are suspected of having harmful effects on the environment or health.

DaNa 4.0


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NanoINHAL

NanoINHAL - In-vitro test methods for airborne nanomaterials to investigate toxic potential and uptake after inhalation exposure using innovative organ-on-a-chip technology
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InnoMat.Life


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CarboBreak


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MetalSafety


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NanoCELL


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NanoBioQuant

NanoBioQuant - Quantification of nanomaterials in tissue for regulatory analysis and development of in vitro methods
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CarbonFibreCycle


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2014-2018: NanoCare 2

The funding initiative “NanoCare" as part of the framework program "From Material to Innovation" anchored in the new High-Tech Strategy aimed at innovation and growth of the industry in Germany. Based on the results and experiences of the previous action “NanoCare & NanoNature” (see below), the topic of safe handling of synthetic nanomaterials - research on the effects on humans and the environment was investigated in several project activities. A close cooperation between companies and research institutions in the university and non-university sector, the involvement of contributions from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the exploitation of project results in Germany was of outstanding importance. From 2014-2018, a total of 11 projects was funded.

CaNTser


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NanoBEL


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ProCycle

ProCycle - Analysis and toxicological evaluation of dusts from recycling and recycling processes of nanocomposites and strategies for risk minimisation
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nanoGRAVUR

nanoGRAVUR : nanostructured materials – grouping for occupational health, consumer and environmental protection and risk mitigation
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nanoCOLT


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DENANA

DENANA - Design criteria for sustainable nanomaterials
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NanoUmwelt

NanoUmwelt - Risk analysis of engineered nanomaterials in the environment: identification, quantification and analysis of the human- and ecotoxicological effects
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InhalT-90

InhalT-90: 90 days inhalation testing with CeO2 in the rat and subsequent analysis of gene expression profiles for the early detection of toxic / carcinogenic effects
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NanoSuppe

NANOSUPPE - Behaviour of engineered nanoparticles in the pathway wastewater - sewage sludge - plant using the examples TiO2, CeO2, MWCNT and quantum dots
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Nanomobil

NANOMOBIL : Synthetic Silver Nanoparticles in the system Soil-Groundwater - mobility, effects on cohabitation and interaction between hydro-, pedo- and biosphere
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NanoBioDetect

NanoBioDetect - Nanoparticles in the tissue: detection, quantification and presentation of biological effect markers
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DaNa 2.0


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2013 – 2019 ERA-Net SIINN – Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

FP7 ERA-NET SIINN - Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology The ERA-NET SIINN Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology promotes the safe and rapid transfer of European research results in nanoscience and nanotechnology (N&N) into industrial applications. National and regional resources will be virtually pooled to create a transnational programme of research. SIINN will bring together today's fragmented research activities on the potential risks of engineered nanomaterials for environment, human health, and safety. http://www.siinn.eu/

NANOHETER


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NANOGECO


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NanoSafeLeather

Nano Safe Leather - The effect on human health of silver-titanium dioxide nanomaterials -treated leathers for footwear industry
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NANOaers


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NanoWIR2ES

NanoWIR2ES - NanoWire Intelligent Re-design and Recycling for Environmental Safety
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CERASAFE


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NanoFARM


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FATENANO


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NANO-Transfer


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ICONS

ICONS - Integrated Testing Strategy for mechanistic assessment of the respiratory toxicity of functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)
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PLATOX


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NanoToxClass


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FENOMENO


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nanOxiMet

nanOxiMet - Oxidant generating capacity as a metric to allow grouping of nanomaterials and prediction of human health effects
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nanoIndEx

nanoIndEx -Expositionsbestimmung gegenüber luftgetragenen Nanomaterialien mithilfe von personengetragenen Messgeräten
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2009-2014: NanoNature

NanoNature aimed at strengthening potential nanomaterial market segments in the environmental field and at enhancing the export of environmentally relevant materials and technologies. In addition, systematic analyses were carried out and adapted measuring methods have been developed to assess the release, distribution, fate, and effect of synthetic nanoparticles and nanomaterials in the environment.

Nano-SCR

Development of nanoscale SCR catalysts for combined NOx and soot reduction in diesel engines
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NanoMembrane

Nanoporous ceramic membranes for use in sustainable closed-cycle water- and solvent-saving methods
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NanoKiesel

Nanoscale silica slurry - Technology developments on nanoscale silica slurry use in mineral building materials with the aim of improving material properties
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UMSICHT

Assessment of the environmental hazards of silver nanomaterials: From chemical particles to technical products
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NAPASAN

Nanoparticles for groundwater damage repair
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NanoTrack

Nanoparticle life cycle studies based on [45Ti]TiO2 and [105Ag] Ag0
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NanoPurification

Development of advanced materials and methods for water and sewage treatment by means of functional nanocomposites
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NanoPharm

New photocatalytically active composite materials for elimination of pharmaceutical residues
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NADINE

NADINE - Nanomodified diamond electrodes for inline disinfection in different fields of application
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Fe-NANOSIT

Fe-NANOSIT - Iron-based nanoparticles and nanocomposite structures for removal of contaminantsfrom groundwater and sewage
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NanoFlow

NANOFLOW  - Mobility of synthetic nanoparticles in water-saturated and variably water-saturated subsoils
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NanoSan

NanoSAN - A nanotechnological clean up method – In situ use of iron oxide nanoparticles foreliminationof harmful substances from abandoned polluted areas
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2009-2014 NanoCare

NanoCare intended to further investigate systematically the human-toxicological effects and interactions occurring during the production, processing, and application of synthetic nanomaterials. External and internal exposures have been be quantified, material-specific toxicity parameters were determined, and mechanisms of action were identified to detect and predict possible toxic effects on humans along the life cycle of the investigated nanomaterials.

Nanosilberpartikel

Mechanisms of action and investigation of their possible interaction with tissues, cells and molecules. Definition of their relevant potential for intolerance
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NanoMed

Toxicological characterisation of nanomaterials for the diagnostic imaging in medicine
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NanoExpo

Nanobalance detectors for individual-related measure-ments of nanoparticle exposures
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DaNa


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CarboTox

Development of screening methods to analyse cancerogenous potential of carbon nano tubes
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nanoGEM

nanoGEM - Nanostructured Materials - health, exposure and material properties
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NanoKon

NanoKON - Systematic evaluation of health effects of nanoscale contrast agents
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CarbonBlack

CarbonBlack - Prediction of the human-toxicological effect of synthetic carbon black nanoparticles
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2008-2014: Inno.CNT - Innovation Alliance Carbon Nanotubes

In a scientific alliance with more than 90 renowned partners from research and industry, the Inno.CNT initiative is systematically advancing the development of carbon nanotubes (CNT). The tiny carbon nanotubes have the potential to open up brand-new dimensions in materials technology and bring a unique quality to numerous products and applications. http://www.inno-cnt.de

Inno.CNT – CarboLifeCycle

CarboLifeCycle
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Inno.CNT – CarboAir

CarboAir
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Inno.CNT – CarboSafe

CarboSafe
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2006-2009: NanoCare-Cluster: NanoCare; INOS; Tracer

TRACER

TRACER -Toxicology and Health Risk Assessment of Carbon Nanomaterials
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NanoCare


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INOS

INOS - Identification and Assessment of the Effects of Engineered NanOparticleS on Human and Environmental Health
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