Nanomaterials added to polymers do not need to be disclosed?

Further to the publication of EU recommendation 2011/696/EU on the definition of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), some substances used for decades as additives in the plastics industry now find themselves classed as nanomaterials. The list of substances includes among others, silica, carbon black and many organic pigments. While the substances are used as additives in polymers they typically end up encapsulated into the polymer matrix and are not intended to be released under normal and foreseeable conditions. Based on these arguments, this raises the question; Should polymer products containing such additives be exempt from notification?

Nanomaterial sales to average USD $1m monthly Q4 2018

Interest beyond research and development in engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) across industry is set to increase recorded INSCX exchange sales to over $1m monthly from Q4 onwards. This projection includes both recorded and put-through business. Interest in use of the Exchange as a medium to transact business has grown as customers are using the Exchange to achieve assurance on quality, regulatory compliance and clear visibility on price while official regulatory interest in the INSCX track/trace system DAS is also cited as a contributing factor.

INSCX to list Lithium for spot/forward delivery

In response to the increasing relevance of Lithium and Lithium compounds, INSCX exchange will offer the producer base access to it’s electronic trading platform to conduct spot and forward physical delivery trade types. “Emphasis will be on approaching the producer base in the Americas initially, extending to include Australia in due course”, an Exchange spokesperson added.

Upgraded Trade Platform now live for Polymers

The INSCX upgraded live trade platform for polymers, base oils, titanium dioxide and high-volume nanomaterials is now live.

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For the first time a real-time forward delivery market is listed in the primary polymer chemical families with contracts types suitable for producers, end-users and professional qualified traders in addition to Spot and Contract pricing. Polymer feedstocks are also listed and a mechanism for producers to calculate both a Volume Weighted Average Price in addition to a Trade Weighted Average price is enabled across all listed products.

This system offers the physical polymer industry a low-cost means to have real-time price discovery based on the price tolerances of producers and end-users while also allowing for the input of the financial trading community.

“The challenge now is for the physical industry to rally to use the system as opposed to continuing to rely on general price assessments, as the polymer industry now has an alternative that delivers both price discovery and the ability to hedge”, an exchange spokesperson added.

In addition to polymers, INSCX has upgraded listing of base oils, TiO2 and high-volume engineered nanomaterials.


Nano fertilizer (Khazra) increases quality and quantity of crops

INSCX has reached agreement with Sodour Ahrar Shargh Company to list grades of the nano-iron chelate fertilizers for bulk trade on the live trade platform of the Exchange. This Company is a science-based entity and the only owner and producer of nano-chelated complexes in the world and has registered the nano chelating technology in the United States (US8288587 B2), Australia and European Patent Office (EP 2444096 A1). Sodour Ahrar Shargh Company is a long standing official member of the Integrated Nano-Science and Commodity Exchange. For dealing enquiries contact + 44 203 1375187 and USA: 1 646 470 4911.


Nanochelating technology enables the producer, Sodour Ahrar Shargh Company to design and synthesize Nano-complexes which, based on their synthesis and type of structure, could be employed in a wide range of fields including medical sciences, petro chemistry, industry and agriculture. In an address delivered to a recent International Conference on Food Processing and Technology, the producer stated in abstract;

Iron is a micronutrient element that plays a crucial role in increasing the quality and quantity of agricultural products. The deficiency of this element can dramatically reduce the amount and quality of crops. One of the most basic ways of providing plants iron nutrition is the use of iron chelate fertilizers. Nano chelating technology by synthesizing a new generation of chelated fertilizers, greatly improved the delivery of this vital element. In the present study the effects of chelated iron, in nano iron chelate fertilizer of Khazra (synthesized according to Nanochelating a technology, containing 9% chelated iron), on greenhouse cucumbers and Satureja Hortensis with Fe-EDDHA (Master, containing 6% chelated iron) were compared. Nano iron chelate fertilizer significantly increased the amount of iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium in cucumber and also cucumber leaves? magnesium and iron compared to the Fe-EDDHA fertilizer. Average size cucumbers treated with nano iron chelate fertilizer, SPAD and shelf life compared with those treated with Fe-EDDHA were increased. Antioxidant enzymes activity e.g., catalase, peroxidase, ascorbic acid and chlorophyll b, by using nano iron chelate fertilizer, in SaturejaHortensis was significantly higher than Fe-EDDHA fertilizer. Overall the study showed a significantly higher efficiency of nanoscale iron chelated fertilizer of Khazra, compared to EDDHA iron chelated fertilizer, which improves product’s quality and quantity.


Nanotechnology and “Green Growth” policies: Economist “Game Changer”

Abstract: The UK’s Green Construction Board recently announced only a “heroic effort” would allow the built environment sector to realise its carbon emission targets of 2050. Such a wan declaration heralds a downward spiral to carbon austerity if the UK’s Carbon Budget is to be balanced. Policies are now required to support the development of a range of low-carbon and high-efficiency technologies within a pressing timescale. Greater focus is required on what the OECD labels “Green Growth” policies, including developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges. One such enabler is nanoscale technology, where structuring very small-scale novel materials can provide technical solutions across a spectrum of carbon abatement measures from the CO2 sequestration and storage to energy efficiency. Nanotechnology is used in a range of sustainable energy applications such as energy harvesting and recycling, energy storage and improving energy generation. One report by Lux Research calculated that if the US, Germany and Japan were to fully adopt six nanotechnologies (low-friction coatings in automotive engines, nanofibre air filters, nano-enabled insulation, lightweight nanocomposite automotive parts, thermochromic windows, and quantum dot light sources) then the energy saved would be enough to close down all the coal plants in the US. To put that in perspective, coal accounts for over 40% of US electricity generation.

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Nanotechnology in medicine: Are our health care systems ready

MEDLINK: The unrelenting pace in the development of nanotechnology means it has transformed into
a truly wide-ranging field of research. It is no longer adequate to simply use
“nanotechnology” for the various applications of nanotechnology and the huge amount of
accompanying research – this paper will focus on the medical applications drawing on the
basic principles underpinning most research into nanotechnology. In the past, references to
research in this field have always been made in the belief that advances made in
nanotechnology will have a huge impact on our lives- with many branches now showing
progress, this assumption is no less correct than before. However, most analysis of the
impact of nanotechnology on our world looks at the short-term feasibility, costeffectiveness,
and impact on the environment- I intend to look at long-term effects on
society, and highlight potential pitfalls for healthcare governing bodies to consider, as
nanotechnology is introduced as a potential method of treatment, whether publicly or

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Nanoscience or nanotechnology?

Andrew Maynard, Director, Risk Innovation Lab, Arizona State University comments on the distinction between nanoscience and “Nanotechnology”


In case you missed it, Elon Musk called BS on the field of nanotechnology last week. The ensuing Twitter spat was admittedly rather small on the grand scale of things.

But it did throw up an important question: just what is nanotech, and where does the BS end and the science begin?

I have a sneaky suspicion that Musk was trolling with his initial nano-comment. After all, much of the tech in his cars, solar cells and rockets relies on nanoscale science and engineering. But having worked in nanoscale science for nearly 30 years, I must confess that my BS monitor also gets a little twitchy sometimes around talk of nanotechnology.

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OECD reports on developments on safety of manufactured nanomaterials

SAFENANO – The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a document entitled “Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour de Table”. The document compiles information provided by delegations for the February 2018 OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) meeting on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.

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