The European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) showcases 14 EU-funded projects that shows progress towards demonstrating how nano-enhanced advanced materials can be safely, sustainably and competitively launched into the market.
According to CORDIS, the global market for nanomaterials is estimated at around 11 million tonnes with a market value of EUR 20 billion and growing. In addition, the current direct employment in the nanomaterial sector is estimated between 300 000 and 400 000 in Europe.
Most of the nanomaterial sector is still dominated by materials that have been in use for decades, such as carbon black that is used for tires or synthetic amorphous silica used in applications such as tires, toothpaste and food powders. However, researchers have been constantly developing new nanomaterial-related applications, many of which are now ready for commercial use. Funding through the Horizon 2020 programme also aims to bridge the gap between nanomaterial research in the lab and getting new technologies onto the market.
CORDIS further discusses the barriers to overcome before European industry can take full advantage of the large-scale commercialisation of innovative, safe and sustainable nanomaterials. The CORDIS Results Pack is specifically focused on projects that have made progress towards overcoming these barriers. Learn more about current barriers and the 14 projects at CORDIS results pack: Nano-enhanced industrial materials: Building the next European industrial revolution.