FP7 tailored for sustainability

Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies

The contribution of Theme 4 "Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies” (NMP) to sustainable development covers several areas. These include:
  • generation of knowledge on these technologies and their interactions with the environment;
  • development of "intelligent" materials and reduction of materials use in production;
  • development of specific nanotechnologies and new materials for use in water treatment or for energy and transport applications;
  • development of new production concepts that minimize resource use (including energy) or that facilitate recycling;
  • development of biosensors for environmental applications;
  • Life Cycle Assessment of the potential health, safety, and environmental risks associated with nanotechnology-based materials and their processing, and with chemicals processing;
  • support to the identification of best practice and regulatory codes in the production, handling and use of potentially hazardous new materials and chemicals, including nano-materials.

Sustainability in NMP is embedded in the vision for technological and industrial competitiveness of Europe, and more specifically in the strategic vision elaborated by no less than ten European Technology Platforms in various NMP areas.

The FP7 homepage for NMP research provides more information on research funded under this Theme.

For the first year of implementation (2007), a research budget of 381 million EUR has been called for in this Theme. The following tables show the links between the topics and the sustainable development objectives.

This chapter of the Vision papers [pdf 196 Kb] describes the articulation between NMP research and sustainable development challenges.

To see examples of previous NMP-related research visit this FP6 NMP page.

Policy Context for the NMP Theme

The following policy initiatives highlight the need for environmental research in Nanotechnologies, New Materials and Production:



EU funded projects

  • Impart [pdf 114 Kb]: Improving the understanding of the impact of nanoparticles on human health and the environment. This NMP coordination action will foster communication links between numbers of regional, national and international initiatives in order to reduce duplication of effort, pool expertise and facilitate co-operation between networks.
  • NanoDerm: Quality of Skin as a barrier to ultra-fine particles. This FP5 research project aims at applying and developing different methods for analysing the quality of skin as a barrier against nanoparticles and to investigate the nanoparticles activity and the skin response.
  • Dealing With Dust: has provided the basis for the development of harmonised EU standards to reinforce legislation on workplace safety concerning dust hazards.
  • DEVILS: Thin-walled laminated composite materials offer many advantages, including lightness, resistance in construction of aircraft, cars and vessels.
  • Nanosafe2: Safe production and use of nanoparticles. This NMP integrated project will establish processes to detect, track and characterise nanoparticles.
  • Nanotransport : The behaviour of Aerosols Released to Ambient Air from Nanoparticle Manufacturing - A Pre-Normative Study.
  • RAINBOW develops mass production methods to make ultra-high brightness light emitting diodes (UHB-LEDs) employed in traffic signals, car lights and outdoor displays.
  • FUTMAN project maps future potential paths to sustainable development and global competitive strength for European manufacture.