BAM researches the safe use of nanoparticles.

BAM researches the safe use of nanoparticles.

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Research for the safe use of nanomaterials

Nanomaterials have long been found in many everyday products, from cosmetics and clothing to electronic devices. Increasingly, they are also being used in new areas, such as medicines, additive manufacturing or sustainable energy storage. As additives and coatings, they improve the properties or functionality of products. The special properties of nanomaterials also determine their effect on humans and the environment. The size, chemical composition, shape and surface of the nanomaterials are important parameters for a safety-oriented classification of the materials.

In our competence centre nano@BAM we investigate how nanomaterials can be reliably and reproducibly synthesised, produced, characterised and safely used. To this end, we consider nanomaterials over their entire life cycle: from material development, production, processing and use to recycling or disposal.

Together with national and international research groups, we work on a variety of methods for the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials, and support toxicological investigations of the materials and their behaviour in the environment. We are also researching future areas of application for nanomaterials in order to be able to assess their risks and potential at an early stage and to develop and provide customised automated optimisation processes and methodologies for these materials.

In order to obtain robust data and carry out comprehensive safety assessments, nano reference materials and reference methods for characterisation are important. BAM develops nano test materials and nano reference materials with different properties and uses reference methods for their characterisation.

Fields of competence in nanotechnology






  • EMPIR Project nPSize- Improved traceability chain of nanoparticle size measurements
  • H2020 project ACEnano- Analytical and Characterisation Excellence in nanomaterial risk assessment: A tiered approach
  • TG-PSD OECD Test Guideline for the Sizing of Nanomaterials
  • H2020 MSCA-IF project iNano- Inverted core/shell Nanocrystals: the future Nanomaterial for the Visualization of Neuron activity
  • H2020 project EC4SafeNano: Designing a sustainable European Centre for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in Nanomaterials & Nanotechnologies
  • H2020 project NANORIGO - Establishing a Nanotechnology Risk Governance Framework
  • H2020 project NanoSolveIT - Innovative Nanoinformatics models and tools: towards a Solid, Verified and Integrated Approach to Predictive (eco)Toxicology
  • EMPIR Project ISO-G-Scope - Standardisation of structural and chemical properties of graphene
  • NanoPlatform - Platform for the characterisation and provision of nanoscale test and reference materials, including reference procedures as well as the development and establishment of database systems for research and reference data.
  • WIPANO project MeluQuanPhosphor - Standardisation of measurement methods to determine the photo-luminescence quantum yield of nanoscale and micrometre-sized phosphors in different matrices by means of optical spectroscopy
  • WIPANO project AQuaFunkNano: Standardisation and norming of analytical methods for the quantification of functional groups on nanoparticles by means of electrochemical titration and optical spectroscopy
  • H2020-EMPIR project Aerotox - Measurements for mitigating adverse health effects from atmospheric particulate pollutants
  • H2020-EMPIR project Metves II - Standardisation of concentration measurements of extracellular vesicles for medical diagnoses
  • ZIM-Project FluoroMAT - Fluorescent Nanoparticles for Security and Authenticity Marking; Production and Investigation of Lanthanide-doped Nanoparticles for Fluorescent Marking
  • DFG Project SIREN - Next Generation of SWIR Probes for Bioimaging Applications
  • EMPIR project HyMet - Hybrid metrology for thin films in energy applications

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