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Safety research as part of innovation

Inno.CNT hosted an international workshop to promote worldwide collaboration and information exchange to ensure the safe use of carbon nanotubes (CNT).

In the implementation of research and development results from the laboratory in innovative products, the accompanying safety research plays a crucial role. This is especially true for the development of innovative materials modified with carbon nanotubes (CNT). To promote the international exchange of information in the field of CNT safety research, the Innovation Alliance Carbon Nanotubes (Inno.CNT), sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung [BMBF]) hosted the “Metrology and Exposure Assessment of Carbon Nanotubes” workshop at Burg Castle in Solingen on November 29-30, 2011.

The workshop brought together a unique and renowned group of 25 international experts from 10 countries, including the United States, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and Korea. Topics included the state of research in the detection and characterization of CNT, the possible release of CNT during their manufacture, processing and the use of CNT-modified materials as well as the recycling of products containing CNT. In addition to the currently relevant safety aspects in the use of CNT along the value chain, future challenges were a particularly interesting topic of discussion and initial rules for future safety research involving products containing CNT were established. The exploration of possible uses for CNT is far from exhaustive, as Dr. Péter Krüger, director of Inno.CNT at Bayer MaterialScience AG explained: “Carbon nanotubes offer immense potential for innovation. Thus, extensive and diverse safety research is essential for materials containing carbon nanotubes”.

The results of the workshop are currently being evaluated. Upon completion of this analysis, the safety research guidelines will be published on the Inno.CNT website (www.inno-cnt.de) and made available to relevant organizations and regulatory authorities.



About Inno.CNT (Innovation Alliance Carbon Nanotubes)
This initiative is a research network consisting of more than 90 specialized small and mid-sized enterprises, large industrial conglomerates, scientific institutes and numerous universities. Its goal is to develop fundamental technologies and applications for carbon nanotubes (CNT). In 27 tightly linked projects, the members of the initiative focus on practical applications of CNT in the fields of energy, the environment, mobility, lightweight construction and electronics. The alliance is part of the high-tech strategy of the German Federal Government and has been sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its WING program (Materials Innovations for Industry and Society) since 2008.




The workshop brought together a unique and renowned group of 25 international experts from 10 countries, including the United States, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and Korea.


The exploration of possible uses for CNT is far from exhaustive, as Dr. Péter Krüger, director of Inno.CNT at Bayer MaterialScience AG explained: “Carbon nanotubes offer immense potential for innovation. Thus, extensive and diverse safety research is essential for materials containing carbon nanotubes”.