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Nanotechnology

Germany has a rich and diverse nanotech landscape, with industry players of all sizes catering to the strong demand for nanotechnology both in our domestic markets - especially the automotive, optical, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries - and abroad. We continue to enhance our already strong international reputation for scientific expertise. Moreover, our government puts more funding behind this industry than any other country in Europe and has generous new initiatives aimed at expanding and solidifying our lead. Take a look at our numbers and see what we have to offer. We'll find a place for you - and your parts - too!

Areas of Application & Technological Requirements

Foreign companies will find high demand for the following areas of application in Germany:

1. Energy Efficiency, Conservation of Resources

  • Nanomaterials for adaptive facilities engineering
  • Nanomaterials for a decentralized energy supply
  • Improved filter technologies
  • Nanomaterials for improved material efficiency, as substitutes for limited resources, and for recycling
  • Hard-wearing, environmentally friendly friction materials
  • New materials for sustainable water management

2. Production Technology

  • Nanotechnology in production: dust-free manufacturing of nanoscale particles and processing into matrix materials
  • Coating of surfaces
  • Reliable online analytics in nanoscale
  • New, reliable building components thanks to multi-scale simulation

3. Health

  • Molecular imaging – innovative nanoscale contrast agents
  • Integrated concepts for diagnosis and therapy (theranostics) thanks to the use of diagnostic sensors for therapeutic applications
  • Tailored therapies and nanomedicine – new application systems for drug delivery
  • Personalized implants and prosthetics for long-term rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine and nanostructured biomaterials

4. Mobility

  • Nanotechnology for cost-effective mobility that conserves resources
  • Nanotechnology for electric vehicles
  • Nanomaterials for intelligent roads

5. Communication

  • Quantum communication as the basis for bug-proof communication
  • Organic or printable electronics

6. Security

  • Product identification and marking systems for the purpose of generating optical security features
  • Decontamination and filtering technologies for protecting critical infrastructure and technical facilities
  • Integrated protective systems for protecting police and emergency personnel from the effects of hazardous substances, explosions, fires, and projectiles

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