Frequently Asked Questions about Nanotechnology
Q: What are the expected benefits of nanotechnologies for the environment?
A: Nanosciences and nanotechnologies can contribute to a more sustainable use of natural resources, due to processing and production systems that use energy and raw materials more efficiently. Substitution of certain environmentally harmful materials (e.g. lubricants) could be possible. The development of nanotechnology-based remediation methods may in the future help clean up environmental damage and pollution. Research in energy efficiency, production and storage (e.g. through novel catalysts and more efficient solar panels), lightweight materials and modern insulation construction materials may likewise contribute to climate change mitigation.