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Posted: February 28, 2007
Nanotechnology in aerospace
(Nanowerk News) This 9th Nanoforum General "Nanotechnology in aerospace" report presents a concise introduction and contribution to the expert debate on trends in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for applications in the civil aeronautics and space sectors in Europe.
The report explicitly exclude any military R&D and applications, as this falls outside the mandate of Nanoforum. The target audiences are twofold: non-experts of an academic level with a general interest in the potential of nanotechnology for aerospace applications, and experts involved in setting the strategic R&D agenda in this field.
Chapter 1, the executive summary and introduction should be helpful to decision makers in the EU, national governments, and public and private R&D labs aiming to set priorities in R&D or funding programmes.
Chapter 2 reviews current trends in materials R&D on some selected materials for applications in aeronautics and space. This chapter may be most interesting for materials scientists or those who intend to apply nanomaterials in aerospace applications.
Chapter 3 presents a review of the state of the art of nanotechnology for aeronautics applications and analysis of future trends. This chapter may be most interesting to researchers and policy makers in nanotechnology and in aeronautics research.
Chapter 4 presents a review of the state of the art of nanotechnology for spacecraft applications and analysis of future trends. This chapter may be most interesting for researchers and policy makers in nanotechnology and in the space sector.
Chapter 5 summarises expressed needs for future R&D for nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for aeronautics and spacecraft. This chapter may be most interesting for decision makers on future research priorities in nanotechnology and in aerospace.
Chapter 6 consists of an economic analysis of the European aerospace sectors. This chapter may be most interesting for industrialists and economic and innovation policymakers.
Chapter 7 analyses the environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology for aerospace. This chapter may be most interesting for risk assessment specialists and policymakers on nanoregulation.
Chapter 8 analyses the ethical, legal and social aspects of nanotechnology for civilian aerospace. This chapter may be most interesting for nanoscience & society experts and policymakers in nanoregulation and public dialogue. The references and a list of patents are included in a separate pdf.
For convenience the complete report (with lower resolution figures) is available for download.