CORDIS results pack on nano-enhanced industrial materials
This CORDIS Results Pack showcases 14 EU-funded projects that have all addressed the upscaling of laboratory-proven nano-based technologies for reaching industrial-scale production and application, providing exciting new opportunities for European industrial production. The global market for nanomaterials (materials which often have specific properties due to their small particle size) is estimated at around 11 million tonnes with a market value of EUR 20 billion and growing. The current direct employment in the nanomaterial sector is estimated at between 300 000 and 400 000 in Europe. Whilst... most of the nanomaterial sector is still dominated by materials in use for decades, such as carbon black (used for tyres) or synthetic amorphous silica (used in applications including tyres, toothpaste and food powders), researchers have been in the process of developing many new nanomaterial-related applications, many now ready for commercial use. In this CORDIS Results Pack, we focus on 14 projects that have made clear and distinguished progress towards overcoming these barriers and demonstrating how nano-enhanced advanced materials can be safely, sustainably and competitively launched into the industrial mainstream.