Websites and information from networks and associations on the topics of innovative advanced materials and nanotechnologies
Home > Links is an independent, national platform pooling the scientific and regulatory knowledge and expertise available in Switzerland on the safe handling of synthetic nanomaterials – from production to use and disposal – and conveying it efficiently and in a generally understandable form to companies. Start-ups, SMEs, and established firms will find competent partners able to assist them directly or to promptly establish tailored contacts to experts and agencies. Read more about the contactpoint on


InfoNano is the central federal information platform for nanotechnology. The Federal Offices of Public Health, for the Environment and for Agriculture, the Commission for Technology and Innovation, Swissmedic and the State Secretariats for Economic Affairs as well as for Education and Research are involved in the website. InfoNano provides information about the opportunities and risks associated with nanotechnology and synthetic nanomaterials. It is aimed at promoting the dialogue among administrative, economic, research and societal stakeholders.

As part of the Austrian National Action Plan Nanotechnology a new information portal for nanotechnology was launched in November 2012. Experts of different areas from public authorities, institutions and organizations provide technically sound and balanced information for the citizens.The provided information covers topics ranging from basics, to food, environment and health up to legal issues:


BioNanoNet Association is an Austrian Network which combines a wide range of expertise in numerous disciplines of medical and pharmaceutical research in nanomedicine and nanotoxicology:


NanoMat – a supra-regional network for materials and nanotechnology – was founded in 1997 and is located with its managing office at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Comprised of partners from industry and academia, it acts as a virtual enterprise to foster and execute application-oriented R&D projects in the fields of nanotechnology and material research.

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NanoBioNet e.V.

cc-NanoBioNet is a network connecting universities, research institutes, hospitals, and companies. The non-profit association was founded to enhance the communication between research, economy, politics and the public.:

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Leibniz Research Alliance Nanosafety

The Leibniz Research Alliance Nanosafety deals with safety and security issues concerning nanomaterials and nanoproducts. The central aims are to UNDERSTAND nanoparticle-induced effects, to DEVELOP safe nanomaterials and to EXPLAIN nano-related questions. The alliance is an association of six institutes which are devoted to materials science, health and toxicology, pneumology, occupational health and safety, scientific databases and knowledge communication:

German NanoDialogue

The NanoDialogue of the German Government. The Nano dialogue is conducted under the Nano Action Plan of the German Federal Government since 2006 in charge of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).  The 5th phase of dialogue started in the summer 2016.

Cluster Nanotechnology

Cluster Nanotechnology, to strengthen the interaction between industry and research in Bavaria:

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CENIDE, the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen, represents the appropriate focus of research at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE): Since 2005, it links the research and teaching activities that deal with the nano dimension, in natural science, engineering and in medicine. Partnerships with external members with similar research approaches strengthen the skills spectrum:


This Nanodatabase is an inventory of products that contain nanomaterials or are merchandised with the label ‘nano’. Each product is categorised with a color code consisting of five dots referring to exposure risk and possible hazards the nanomaterials may pose for humans and the environment (from unknown to very high). All provided information has been collected from experts of the Danish Consumer Council, the Danish Ecological Council and DTU Environment (in English and Danish):

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