Nanomaterials have found their way in our everyday lives via numerous market applications ranging from electronics to the health care system. They offer great innovative potential and are assumed to be beneficial to mankind and the environment. However, consumers, journalists, or regulators often miss reliable and understandable information on nanomaterials and their applications.
Communication of scientific facts with the public is an ambitious task as complex issues need to be simplified whilst ensuring scientific correctness. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology, communication on safety aspects is particularly challenging. The DaNa2.0 project (data and knowledge on nanomaterials) is addressing these challenges by collecting and evaluating scientific results. Alongside, a criteria checklist for quality evaluation and management of scientific publications with mandatory and desirable criteria has been developed to ensure a thorough and comprehensive assessment. These evaluated research findings are presented in a worldwide unique knowledge base, correlating material properties and applications, tailored to interested citizens, stakeholders and scientists.
The DaNa2.0 platform www.nanoobjects.info offers easy-to-understand, up-to-date and quality-approved information on the 26 most widely used nanomaterials together with FAQs and cross-cutting topics like Nanomedicine.
DaNa2.0 is a national project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ 03X0131).