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Current Activities

Current Activities

Current EU Projects

In Framework Programme 7 (FP7), the IoN has been successful in winning several prestigious contracts. It is the lead partner in two major projects, with a combined funding of €5.3million. IoN is also a partner in several other projects.


IoN is the leading partner in ObservatoryNANO, which specifically involves providing the European Commission and member states with expert analyses of the social and economic impacts of new nanotechnologies. This valuable information will support future nanotechnology policy decisions. We have 16 partners from across the EU working with us in this task.


ICPC NanoNet

IoN is also leading ICPC NanoNet, which concerns the provision of an open-access repository of all nanoscience publications. This is aimed at making scientific information available to all; rich and poor alike, across the EU and further afield.


IoN are partners in:


The main objective of NanoValid is the development of new reference methods and certified reference materials, including methods for characterization, detection/quantification, dispersion control and labelling, as well as hazard identification, exposure and risk assessment of ENs.



NanoSustain looks to develop sustainable solutions for nanotechnology-based products based on hazard characterization and LCA.



The overall aim of the NanoCelluComp project is to develop a technology to utilise the high mechanical performance of cellulose nanofibres.


IoN's own nanotechnology initiatives

Nanomedicine Network

Our NanoMedicine Network offers modular training courses in many aspects of nanomedicine, and links clinicians with industrial and academic researchers. The training courses are organised in collaboration with Cranfield University.



A bilingual website which provides an English-language window into nanotechnology developments in China, and global news in Mandarin for Chinese organisations.



A club for nano and microtechnology start-ups that offers free mentoring and access to investment and legal support. Members meet in small, regional groups so they can also network and learn from each other.


Nano, Enabling and Advanced Technologies (NEAT)

Nano, Enabling and Advanced Technologies (NEAT) Post-Graduate Nanotechnology Course Directory

The IoN has developed the NEAT Post-graduate Course Directory in collaboration with a consortium of course-providing academics and industry representatives. Many international Institutions are now also participating in the scheme.


Previous EU Projects


NanoCode is a multistakeholder dialogue providing inputs to implement the European Code of Conduct for Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies Research.



CLIP (Conductive Low-cost Ink Project) aims to develop a set of low-cost conductive inks to enable EU-based businesses to address the growing potential of printed electronics.



EICOON is an investigation into nanomaterials for energy generation and storage.



NanoCharM promotes and develops non-destructive characterization of nanomaterials using ellipsometry and polarimetry. Characterization is an area of critical importance to the industry and the use of nanotechnologies across the EU. This project received the highest evaluation and was the first FP7 project to be signed off by the Commission.



NANO-TV is the production of a series of 14 short films on FP5 and FP6 research results in nanotechnology.

The strategic objective of NANO-TV is "to contribute to the development of public awareness on European research on nanosciences and nanotechnologies in all European countries through the professional use of television media and the isnternet.


Framing Nano

FramingNano is a consensus-seeking exercise on nanotechnology governance, involving the major players.



The ENRHES project performed a comprehensive and critical scientific review of the health and environmental safety of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, metal and metal oxide nanomaterials.

The review considered sources, pathways of exposure, the health and environmental outcomes of concern, in the context of illustrating the state-of-the-art in the field and informing the regulation of the potential risks of engineered nanoparticles.


Overseas Links

While the IoN's activities are continuing on the European front, it is extending it's reach to new countries and continents in an effort to foster nanotechnology developments and partnerships all over the globe.

With his great interest in collaboration, IoN CEO Mark Morrison's aim to advance nanotechnology beyond the Western world has recently led to collaborations with organizations in Japan, Korea, Australia and China.

The current emphasis is on new biomedical and engineering applications, but also ecological developments that could provide environmentally-friendly energy for the less-developed countries and allow for more conservational manufacturing practices.