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New technologies for growth and prosperity

Modern materials are the prerequisite for innovations in nearly all sectors of industry, and thus represent a crucial stimulus for stable economic growth. State-of-the-art nanomaterials have a very special potential. Inno.CNT intends to make a significant contribution in this regard with the development of a lead market for carbon nanotubes in Germany.

The goal of our Innovation Alliance is to mobilize additional innovative forces in a technological field which is crucial to the competitiveness and growth of German industry - namely, the field of new materials - in order to significantly reduce the time to market for new products and thus to contribute to securing businesses, their jobs and the prosperity of the people working there.

At the same time, the innovative solutions will help enhance the quality of life and the sustainability of our society - for example, by making significant contributions to solving urgent problems in the fields of environmentally friendly and climate-compatible mobility and energy supply.

To achieve these objectives, we want to establish a future key market for material technology in Germany which will function as the global lead market for innovative carbon-based nanomaterials and which is founded on a balanced mix of basic research and application-oriented, practical and innovative technologies.

To carefully control the establishment of the lead market for carbon nanotubes, the alliance will focus not only on the basic technologies for the production, functionalization and dispersion of the CNTs, but also on specialist applications in the fields of energy and the environment, mobility, lightweight construction, and electronics. This is precisely where the major challenges lie, ranging from climate protection and the careful management of natural resources to questions of modern, energy-efficient mobility.

Over and above that, the aim is to stimulate the general public's interest in the subject through extensive communication activities. This is important in order to make young people enthusiastic about high-tech "made in Germany", and to create attractive career opportunities. Against the backdrop of the expected impetus that this will give Germany as a manufacturing location, we want Inno.CNT to make the general public more aware of Germany's innovative strength, and to create a positive spirit of starting out into something new.

All projects of the innovation alliance Inno.CNT have already been completed. Hence, the web presence is no longer maintained. Project results are still available in the download section. Further information concerning CNTs and other carbon nano-materials can be obtained from the website or via