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3rd December 2015

The European Comission identifies Nanotechnology as a key enabling technology for Europe’s future.

Nanotechnology is defined as a technology executed on the scale of less than a 100 nanometers, the goal of which is to control individual atoms and molecules, especially to create new packaging materials to extend shelf life of products, self-cleaning paint even road surface that repairs itself. 

The development of nanomaterials - defined as having at least one dimension of 100 nanometres or less – is a particularly exciting area of science and industry, which is expected to yield numerous technological advances. More than 300 European businesses are now involved in the production of substances at nano scale and overall output is soon expected to reach ten million tonnes, with a market value of over EUR 450 billion.