New Website, new tools - NanoCom

This text will inform you about the new website and its functions. We would like to encourage you to update your profile and take benefit of the new networking tools. In the 2nd part of the newsletter the NanCom project is presented. 

The new NANOfutures website also brought a new member area with new functions. Find an overview below.

NANOfutures Working Groups

Every working group (WG) in the community has own discussion forums where members can bring in their topics, share documents and initiate polls. If you are already a member of one or more working groups, you will find the list of your WGs in the left sidebar in the member area. If you want to join a WG or read the forums of other WGs, see the Working Groups link in the community menu (also left sidebar). Click on the title of a WG to get to the WG's page. There you will see a discription of the group and an overview of the latest activities within the group. On the top right there is a menu with links to the discussion forums, the WG member list and to start a discussion or a poll. Please don't hesitate to start a topic or post a comment on existing discussions.

More website tools

Beside the working groups there are pools for documents, presentations, weblinks and nano related events, where you can easily add your files and information. The pools can be found in the community menu (left sidebar) in the member area. On each of the pages "Documents", "Events" and "Interesting Links" there is a button on the top right to add an item to the appendant pool. The pools consists of community generated content so you are asked to share your information with the other community members.

Find other members and companies

You can see the list of the NANOfutures members under "Members" in the community menu (left sidebar) in the member area. It is an alphabetical list of all community members. You can reorder it or filter it by different terms and selections (Country, name, company, keywords, SME/not SME). There is a Business and a R&D section where members can choose their member profiles to appear.

It is important to have the member profiles updated to let other community members find you, your company and R&D team. You can edit your profile in the member area under "My Account" -> "Edit Profile".

To use the NANOfutures community tools you need to be logged in to the website. Use the "Member Area" link in the top menu or click here

Get started in the new NANOfutures community! If you need more help on specific functions please see the FAQ at

NanoCom: Lowering Barriers for
Nanotechnology Commercialisation

Project Overview

The NanoCom coordinated action is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 NMP Programme and brings together a strong consortium of sixteen partners from industry and academia with expertise in nanotechnologies from across Europe. 

Figure 1. NanoCom partners.

The project commenced on 1st December 2009 and has a duration of 36 months. It aims to contribute towards bridging the gap between lab based and industrial applications in nanotechnology. This will be achieved by creating a European wide approach with mechanisms for lowering the barriers to commercialisation and spreading open innovation best practice for rapid commercialisation and investment in innovative nanotechnology driven products. 

The NanoCom vision is supported by the following key objectives: 

  1. A critical analysis of barriers for rapid commercialisation of emerging Micro and Nano Technologies that result from many complementary EC, national and industrially funded Research and Development (R&D) projects;
  2. Analysis and promotion of best practices via new nanotechnology and nano-manufacturing specific open innovation methodology and tools and provide roadmapping, policy and investment advice at EU, national and regional levels;
  3. Creation of a commercialisation oriented forum and mechanisms for coordinating the efforts of many complementary R&D projects in ERA;
  4. Training and dissemination in best practices for open innovation and commercialisation of nanotechnology. 

The NanoCom outcomes will target the creation of a new open innovation approach and support environment for overcoming the barriers to the commercialisation of nanotechnology results in Europe. The results of the project will aim to dramatically increase the uptake of nanotechnologies and facilitate the development of a strong and thriving European nano-manufacturing sector providing global innovation leadership in the field. 

Figure 2. The NanoCom Approach 

One aspect of the NanoCom work focuses on the development of a comprehensive training programme and dissemination of best practices. Training courses on rapid commercialisation of nanotechnology results and training factories will be organised. In the Training courses NanoCom will focus on “Financing disruptive technologies”, “Open Innovation”, and “Planning your business”. For the training factories parallel “summer schools” in different European regions are planned, starting in spring 2011. 

In addition to workshops new and alternative media formats for training will be utilised including web-based applications and courses as well as downloadable interactive tools and applications. 

Further results from the NanoCom project and detailed information about the training courses in 2011 will be presented via forthcoming NANOfutures Newsletters and the website.

For further information on any aspect of the project please contact the Project Coordinator Professor Svetan Ratchev,