5.1.8 Chemistry & Materials EHS Analysis
The chemistry and materials sector is rapidly moving from knowledge-based discovery to application orientation according to industry needs. Its output spans all major industries in Europe, including energy, biomedical, environmental and transport sectors. As the number of nanomaterials available for use increases, it is predicted that these may be formed into ‘libraries’ of nanomaterials and manufacturing methods in the future, which allow for the design of materials tailor-made for specific applications, produced from well characterised and biocompatibility tested materials.
The chemistry and materials sector technical sector report2 provides an overview on processing technologies and applications for carbon-based nanomaterials, nanocomposites, nanostructured metals and alloys, nano-polymers and nano-ceramics.
The Environment, Health & Safety analysis of the chemistry and materials technology sector considers the nanomaterials outlined therein within the context of their application, and provides commentary on the exposure potential for the material in question.
The present report covers four major sub-sectors, classified within the ObservatoryNANO technology sector report according to application and societal needs as follows:
• carbon-based nanomaterials
• nanostructured metals and alloys
The full text of the Chemistry & Materials Technology Sector EHS Analysis may be downloaded as a pdf from the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of this page.
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