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No more euphoria for nanotechnology?

Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

Over the past years, not a day went by without incoming press releases and paper proposals on exciting new nanotechnology projects. Everybody wanted to be involved, to be part of a totally new technology. At conferences, speakers presented promising developments for applications not thought to be possible before. We virtually had to stop ourselves from reporting too much on nanobased topics.

Now the discussion doesn’t seem to be about opportunities anymore, but only about risks and challenges.

An EU-wide nano product directory is under discussion; German politicians are demanding a national directory; a French decree concerning the annual mandatory reporting of nanomaterials took effect in January.

Only recently, Bayer MaterialScience announced the end of the company’s activities around carbon nanotubes. While they had started CNT production with great enthusiasm, they now want to focus on their core business and see no future for CNTs within the company.

Attending a meeting of nanotechnology experts the other day, someone told me his company - another major raw materials supplier - still does R&D in nanotechnology, but because of the negative public awareness it’s just not called nanotechnology anymore. An additive manufacturer reported that their activities in this field have slowed down.

Now I’m wondering: has nanotechnology reached a dead end? Or will efforts in this area pick up speed again, once the legal situation has been clarified or even harmonised? The future of nanotechnology is difficult to predict. I would be very interested in your opinions on this discussion.

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