Risk governance of nanomaterials and advanced materials

Nanomaterials and other innovative materials (advanced materials) offer interesting functions and application possibilities. They are therefore increasingly used in new products and in many different industries. However, the possible undesirable consequences also need to be carefully researched and assessed. NanoTrust-Advanced, the 6th phase of the long-term NanoTrust project, which has been running since 2007, plays an important role in this endeavor.

In Europe nanomaterials (NM) and advanced materials (AM) are considered to be so-called “key enabling technologies”, which should guarantee the competitiveness of the European economy for the coming decades.

NanoTrust-Advanced examines the safety and risk-relevant aspects of NM and AM. The results are published regularly within the established NanoTrust dossiers and in scientific journals. Topics are discussed at the annual NanoTrust conferences.

Science-based policy advice, in which acquired knowledge serves as the primary starting point for qualified decisions, is of great importance. Since 2016, the NanoTrust team has been identifying possible research topics for the Austrian nano environment, health and safety research program (“Nano-EHS”) for which the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) is responsible. This research program represents the implementation of one of the main recommendations of the Austrian Nanotechnology Action Plan (ÖNAP) and is continuously adapted to current developments in this research area.

NanoTrust-Advanced also offers an independent discussion platform for ministries, public authorities and other actors active in nanosafety. This enables the exchange of views in an objective context. The NanoTrust-Advanced project leader André Gazsó is chairing the second term of the Nano Information Commission (NIK) for its duration until 2023, enabling the use of governance instruments developed on the basis of the Austrian Nanotechnology Action Plan for the structured exchange of knowledge and opinions. The team members of NanoTrust-Advanced also contribute to the working group for nano worker protection of the Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board (AUVA) and the standardization group "nanotechnology" of the Austrian standardization institute Austrian Standards. This permanent exchange of knowledge and experience, which takes place on many levels and in numerous committees, contributes to the safe and sustainable development of these new materials.

The project page for the previous NanoTrust phases (until 09/2020) can be found here.



  • Mesbahi, Z., Gazsó, A., Rose, G., Fuchs, D., & Pavlicek, A. (2022). Advanced Materials (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 058 - Jänner 2022) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-058
  • Adeel, M., Shakoor, N., Shafiq, M., Pavlicek, A., Part, F., Zafiu, C., Raza, A., Arslan Ahmad, M., Jilani, G., White, J. C., Ehmoser, E. -K., Lynch, I., Ming, X., & Rui, Y. (2021). A critical review of the environmental impacts of manufactured nano-objects on earthworm species. Enviromental Pollution, 290, 1-18. doi:10.1016/J.ENVPOL.2021.118041
  • Pavlicek, A., Ehmoser, E. -K., Fuchs, D., Greßler, S., Lindorfer, J., Moser, S., Part, F., Rodin, V., Sarıçiftçi, N. S., & Scharber, M. (2021). Advanced Materials for innovative solar cell technologies. Part I: Fundamentals, historical development and market potentials(NanoTrust-Dossier No 056en - November 2021) (p. 7). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-056en
  • Greßler, S., Part, F., Pavlicek, A., Fuchs, D., Scharber, M., Serdar Sarıçiftçi, N., Rodin, V., Moser, S., Lindorfer, J., & Ehmoser, E. -K. (2021). "Advanced Materials" für innovative Solarzelltechnologie - Teil 2 (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 057 - September 2021) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-057
  • Scharber, M., Rodin, V., Moser, S., Greßler, S., Pavlicek, A., Part, F., Fuchs, D., Sarıçiftçi, S. N., Lindorfer, J., & Ehmoser, E. -K. (2021). "Advanced Materials" für innovative Solarzelltechnologie - Teil 1 (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 056 - August 2021) (p. 7). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-056
  • Riedlinger, D. (2021). Nanomaterialien und Advanced Materials. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from https://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungs-news/single-veranstaltungen/wie-nachhaltig-ist-nano/
  • Pavlicek, A., Part, F., Rose, G. E., Praetorius, A., Miernicki, M., Gazso, A., Huber-Humer, M., & Gressler, S. (2021). A European nano-registry as a reliable database for quantitative risk assessment of nanomaterials? A comparison of national approaches. Nano Impact, 21, _. doi:10.1016/j.impact2020.100276
  • Pavlicek, A., Part, F., Rose, G., Praetorius, A., Miernicki, M., Gazsó, A., & Huber-Humer, M. (2021). A European nano-registry as a reliable database for quantitative risk assessment of nanomaterials? A comparison of national approaches. Nanoimpact 2021, 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.impact.2020.100276
  • Greßler, S., Rose, G., Gazsó, A., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Titanium Dioxide as a Food Additive (NanoTrust-Dossier No 055en - December 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-055en
  • Riedlinger, D. (2020). Wie nachhaltig ist Nano?. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from https://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungs-news/single-veranstaltungen/wie-nachhaltig-ist-nano/
  • Gebeshuber, I. C., Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2020). Bio-inspired and Biomimetic Nanomaterials (NanoTrust-Dossier No 054en - July 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-054en
  • Greßler, S., Rose, G., Gazsó, A., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Titandioxid als Lebensmittelzusatzstoff (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 055 - Mai 2020) (p. 7). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-055
  • Gebeshuber, I. C., Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2020). Bio-Inspirierte und Biomimetische Nanomaterialien (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 054 - April 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-054
  • Orti, F., Rose, G., Gazsó, A., Greßler, S., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Environment, Health and Safety Research Projects in Horizon 2020 (NanoTrust dossier No. 053en – March 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-053en
  • Pavlicek, A., Rose, G., & Gazsó, A. (2020). Nanoregister: Länderspezifische Lösungen der Nanoregulierung (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 051 – März 2020) (p. 8). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-051
  • Ortis, F., Rose, G., Gazsó, A., Greßler, S., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Environment, Health und Safety Forschungsprojekte in Horizon 2020 (NanoTrust Dossier Nr. 053 - März 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-053
  • Greßler, S., Prenner, S., Kurz, A., Resch, S., Pavlicek, A., & Part, F. (2020). Polymer Nanocomposites - Additives, properties, applications, environmental aspects (NanoTrust-Dossier No. 052 – February 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-052en
  • Greßler, S., Prenner, S., Kurz, A., Resch, S., Pavlicek, A., & Part, F. (2019). Polymer-Nanokomposite - Additive, Eigenschaften, Anwendungen, Umweltaspekte (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 052 – November 2019) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-052
  • Pavlicek, A., Rose, G., & Gazsó, A. (2019). Nano-registries: Country-specific Solutions for Nano-regulation (NanoTrust dossier No. 051en – June 2019) (p. 8). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-051en
  • Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2019). Safe-by-Design – The Early Integration of Safety Aspects in Innovation Processes (NanoTrust dossier No. 050en – May 2019) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-050en

Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 04/10/2010 , Luzern
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanotechnologie – Chancen und Risiken. Eine Herausforderung für den Arbeitnehmerschutz
    IVSS Fachtagung
  • 30/09/2010 , Darmstadt
    André Gazsó: 
    Governing by Dialogue: Pre-emptive Politics in the Field of Nanotechnology
    S.NET Conference
  • 30/09/2010 , Darmstadt
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Nanotechnology policies in comparison — The cases of Austria, Germany and Switzerland
    Second Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S-NET)
  • 28/09/2010 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Mensch und Technik
    Pressegespräch Telekom Austria Group
  • 16/09/2010 , Wageningen
    Myrtill Simkó: 
    Cells meet electromagnetic fields: Cell type and redox status dependent effects
    EMF symposium 'Low frequency electromagnetic field exposure and modulation of cellular functions'
  • 29/06/2010 , Linz
    André Gazsó: 
    Wie geht man gesellschaftlich mit Neuerungen und unbekannten Risiken um?
    Fachtagung "Nanotechnologie — Chance oder Risiko?"
  • 01/06/2010 , Wien
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Der Beitrag der Philosophie für die Technikfolgenabschätzung der Nanotechnologie
    TA'10 – Die Ethisierung der Technik und ihre Folgen für die Technikfolgenabschätzung
  • 26/04/2010 , Phoenix
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Governance of Nanotechnology — Coterie or new level of engagement
    Science and Governance: Global and Comparative Perspectives
  • 22/04/2010 , Phoenix
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Introduction to Nanotechnology — From the perspective of Technology Assessment (Student class: Contemporary Global Controversies)
    School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU
  • 13/04/2010 , Phoenix
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    The NanoTrust Project — A contribution to Austria´s Approach to Risk Governance of Nanotechnology
    CNS Occasional Speaker
  • 08/04/2010 , Krems
    Myrtill Simkó: 
    Nanoparticles: Biological effects and approaches to risk assessment
    Fachvorträge des Instituts Biotechnologie
  • 18/02/2010 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Aktionspläne und Konsumentenschutz
    Regulierung von Nanomaterialien — Verantwortlicher Umgang mit verbrauchernahen Produkten
  • 10/12/2009 , Wien
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Nanotechnologie
  • 12/11/2009 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanotechnologie und Vorsorgeprinzip - Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit neuen Technologien
    Nanotechnologie im Lichte der aktuellen Diskussion zu REACH und CLP
  • 11/11/2009 , Gleisdorf
    André Gazsó: 
    Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit neuen Technologien am Beispiel der Nanotechnologie
    Vortrag am BG/BRG Gleisdorf
  • 10/11/2009 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Das Projekt NanoTrust - Ein Beitrag zur Risikoregulierung der Nanotechnologien in Österreich
    3. Internationaler Behördendialog
  • 09/11/2009 , Wien
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Statement am Podium: "Wirkung von Nanotechnologie. Wirtschaftlicher Fortschritt und neue Märkte im Spannungsfeld der Technologiefolgenabschätzung"
    Nano. Wissenschaft. Wirtschaft. Wirkung 09 (NANO Initiative)
  • 29/10/2009 , Kuala Lumpur
    André Gazsó: 
    Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies - The Austrian Project "NanoTrust"
    Seminar on Nanotechnology in Health and Medicine
  • 28/10/2009 , Kuala Lumpur
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanomaterial: Risk, Health and Safety
    Forum Nanotechnology: Evolution of Knowledge to Market
  • 28/10/2009 , Kuala Lumpur
    André Gazsó: 
    Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies
    NANOtech Malaysia 2009


06/2021 - 05/2024



The following collection contains links to national and international research institutions on nanotechnology, accompanying research and risk management. It focuses von Austrian organizations working on and providing informations on a variety of risk aspects and risk governance.

Austrian Workers' Compensation Board (dt. AUVA)

BioNanoNet GmbH

Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (dt. BfR)

Chamber of Labour (dt. BAK) 

Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (dt. BMASK) 

Federal Ministry of Health (dt. BMG)

Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (dt. BMLFUW)

Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (dt. BMVIT)

Federal Ministry of Science and Research (dt. BMWF)

The Innovation Society

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (dt. ITAS)

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (dt. FFG)

NanoinformationsPortal (german only)

Austrian Society for Toxicology (dt.+en. ASTOX)

Environmental Agency Austria (dt. UBA)

Austrian Economic Chambers (dt. WKO)

Centre for Technology Assessment (dt. TA-SWISS)