Novel Nanomaterial for Faster Charging Batteries?
Researchers from The University of Cambridge have identified that niobium tungsten oxides could be used to create electrodes which charge faster than the batteries in use today. The researchers tested two different niobium tungsten dioxides – Nb16W5O55 and Nb18W16O93, which possess crystallographic shear and bronze-like structures, respectively.
Nanoparticles in Better Understand Drug Delivery to the Brain – from NIA Member Imperial College London
Research has emerged from NIA member, Imperial College London, of how to deliver DNA-Au nanoparticles across the blood brain barrier (BBB) to better understand how drugs can be more efficiently delivered to the brain ­­– one of the trickiest parts of the human body to deliver drugs to because of the limitations imposed by the body as to what can...
New Design Principles for Printable Solar Cells from NIA Member Imperial College London
A team of researchers from NIA Member Imperial College London, have collaborated with six other worldwide institutions to help create a new set of rules to help design more efficient organic solar cells, namely those made using non-fullerene acceptor (NFA) materials.
Efficient conversion of heat to electricity from NIA Member University of Birmingham
New research has come out of NIA Member The University of Birmingham, alongside other UK institutions, where a new type of nanowire provides a high conversion of heat energy to electricity.
NIA Member IMEC achieves photovoltaic efficiency record
NIA Member IMEC and Energyville recently set a new efficiency record for photovoltaic (PV) using a 4-terminal Perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic cell. The recorded efficiency was 27.1%.
NIA Member Endomag raises $10 million
Endomag, the NIA Member using magnetic nanoparticles as part of their portfolio of minimally-invasive surgical guidance to ensure cancer can be targeted and removed more accurately, has successfully closed a $10 million Series C funding round.
EUON publishes key parameters for reliable market studies in nanomaterials
The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) has published a study that recommends reviewed data sources, methods and parameters for carrying out market studies on nanomaterials in the EU.  In an important guide for future projects including market studies, EUON identified parameters including:
NanoSafety Cluster Newsletter Summer 2018
The NanoSafety Cluster (NSC), the platform for H2020 funded research into nanosafety, has published its summer 2018 newsletter.
NIA Member Solvay teams up with EPFL in quantum modelling project
NIA Member Solvay has partnered with the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) MARVEL at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, to help scientists better understand how quantum modelling can be effective when developing innovative materials.
EFSA publishes updated Guidance on nanotechnology in food and feed
On July 4, EFSA published its 'Guidance on risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health'. The guidance was earlier this year out for public consultation, and it now enters a 'pilot phase' until the end of 2019.  This guidance focus on human and animal healt...
The future of nanomaterials within REACH - Catch up with the NIA webinar
NIA hosted a well-attended webinar 'the future of nanomaterials in REACH' on Monday July 3.  The 60 minute webinar introduced the nano-specific changes to REACH Annexes approved in April 2018 and potential impact on company amendment and preparation of dossiers.  Watch the webinar again here.
Large scale manufacturing of h-BN realised
There are many 2D materials being created nowadays and many of them have properties superior to graphene. Where hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) differs vastly from graphene, is that is in an electrical insulator (although the band gap can be easily tuned), thus lending itself towards coating, dielectric and field effect transistor (FET)...
CARACAL documents related to nano
Last week there was a CARACAL meeting between European Commission and Member States. Among many things up for discussion, one was updates on nanomaterials. NIA Members find more information at the Members Area (require sign in). 
Nanotechnology used in greenhouse plastics to increase yield
Nanotechnology has been used in greenhouses to increase yields of crops. A new US start up (SolGro) is using nanotechnology to convert the light spectrum of sunlight into red and blue light that are more efficient for plant growth. Crop yields have increased from 20 % up to 300 %. 
EUON to publish reports on nanomaterial pigments and reliability of data sources in the summer
The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials is scheduled to publish in the summer the result of two studies it has commisioned and that has now been finalised. 
Intern position at NIA
The NIA has an opportunity for a person to join us from September 2018 and play a core role in our Brussels office plus European travel.  The successful candidate will undertake tasks including NIA project and membership support.  
NanoData and eNanoMapper hosted by European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials
The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) has launched a new feature - two searchable databases: NanoData, a knowledge base on nano science and technology and the eNanoMapper that helps you find safety information about nanomaterials.
Nanomaterials in US science scorecard for personal care
Nanomaterials have been included in a 'science scorecard' initiative launched by 18 organisations in the US active within cosmetics production.  Together with NGO 'Forum for the Future', companies such as Walmart and Target developed a scorecard system to encourage responsible product development, called "Beauty and personal care product...
France set to ban titanium dioxide nanoparticles from food products, EFSA is still re-evaluating
On Sunday 27th of May, the French Government amendment No. 2557 was adopted by the National Assembly. The amendment states the Government shall take regulatory measures to suspend the placing on the market of additive E171 (titanium dioxide - TiO2) as well as foods containing it. This is based on the French Consumer Code, articles 521‑17 and  also...