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NanoFabNet publishes ‘Concepts & Disciplines of Sustainability in Nanotechnology & Nanofabrication’

The NanoFabNet, a new network for sustainable, industrial-scale nanofabrication, supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation, published a report entitled ‘Concepts & Disciplines of Sustainability in Nanotechnology & Nanofabrication’.

This report is devoted to a review of the concepts and disciplines of Sustainability in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication. It presents and gives a thorough description of the content and of the constituting concepts of the three identified pillars of the NanoFabNet own concept of Sustainability in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication, to be developed further across the NanoFabNet Project:

  • Environment, Health & Safety issues in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication;
  • Life Cycle Sustainability issues in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication;
  • Ethics and Governance issues in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication.

Based on a literature review combined with Project Partners knowledge, this report realizes a mapping of the key notions to be considered when dealing with sustainability in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication. It can both inform any stakeholder in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication on the relevant aspects of sustainability to be considered in his activities, and contribute to the identification of the aspects of technology sustainability to be further incorporated into the own NanoFabNet Concept of ‘Sustainable Nanofabrication’.

An introduction reminds the global challenges of technological sustainability. Then a special chapter is devoted to each of the three identified pillars. A last chapter describes some integrated tools and strategies able to support sustainability-informed decision-making processes in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication.

Follow these links to download the full NanoFabNet report, or to find out more about the NanoFabNet.

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