Dresden and Grenoble nanotechnology clusters strengthen their cooperation


In order to better face competition – especially from Asia – the two most important European nanoelectronics & nanotechnology clusters (Dresden in Germany and Grenoble in France) will strengthen their cooperation in the coming months.  They will set up common expert committees regarding education, R&D, industrial coordination, SMEs and environment ; the first common projects are expected to be launched by the end of 2010 (article).

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Polymer nanoparticles to increase oil extraction yields


Russian Rusnano and British BP will use nanotechnologies to increase oil production efficiency in Russia. They will implement a project called “Brightwater” which involves the use of polymer nanoparticles to increase pressure in oil layers and thereby increase extraction yields (see Rianovosti article here).  

TACD Resolution on Consumer Products Containing Nanoparticles


The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is “a forum of US and EU consumer organisations which develops and agrees on joint consumer policy recommendations to the US government and European Union (…)“. At its annual meeting last week in Brussels, it adopted a resolution on consumer products containing nanoparticles. TACD actually “believes that steps urgently need to be taken in order to ensure that products containing manufactured nanoparticles are safe and beneficial to consumers and do not lead to new human health and environmental risks“. Therefore, it considers that “the EU and US should take prompt action to address the following regulatory needs” :

1 – Agree on definitions

2 – Identify products

3 – Develop testing methodologies adapted to nanoparticles

4 – Address research gaps

5 – Develop and adapt regulatory frameworks to address the special characteristics of nanomaterials

6 – Mandatory labeling

7 – Regulate marketing claims

8 – The public should be consulted about their views on nanotechnologies

9 – Governments should establish commissions to study the social and economic consequences of the displacement of existing industries and commodities by industries based in manufactured nanoparticles.

France-Russia


According to a recent declaration of Vladimir Poutine (20/09/2008), France and Russia could jointly develop interesting projects in the fields of biotechnologies, composite materials and nanotechnologies.