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Small material, big impact

Nanotechnology is one of today’s most promising technological developments.

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has just launched the first European repository of nanomaterials with a representative range of 25 different types of reference nanomaterials. This will support safety assessment to ensure consumer protection and confidence in many innovative applications and products.

Nanotechnology will clearly play a pivotal role in our future: think of lighter/stronger materials in the auto, space, and military industries, and the introduction of molecular manufacturing. Revolutionary change is in the air for solar, fuel cell and hydrogen storage technologies within the next few years.

By enabling a harmonised risk assessment the repository can contribute to the success of nanotechnology and its products.

See JRC press release.

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