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Nano structures

Nanotechnology is present in our everyday lives in many ways. Nanotechnology products can be found everywhere, but the impact of nanotechnology – in particular on mankind and the environment – is largely unknown and has not yet been extensively researched. The UBA supports appropriate innovations but also draws attention to risks and develops recommendations for action. read more


Research and development projects

Nano structures

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is currently funding and guiding the research and development projects listed below. For more information on these projects please refer to the research database Umweltforschungsdatenbank UFORDAT in German and the corresponding number. read more



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Nanotechnology deals with the production and application of processes and nanomaterials composed of structurally definable particles on a scale of 100 nanometres (1 nm = 10-9 m) or less in at least one dimension; in other words, more than 1,000 times smaller in diameter than a human hair. At this scale physical and chemical properties of materials change, and this change can be applied in a variet... read more

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Improve regulation of Nanomaterials

Nano structures

Until now, with few exceptions, there are no specific provisions for nanomaterials within the substance legislations. As a result, specific environmental risks cannot be described and assessed adequately. Therefore, the main aim of this paper is to outline the necessary further development of chemi¬cals regulations for nanomaterials with regard to the environment from UBA´s perspective. read more


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