The German funding went to 17 young researchers,
who will now establish their own research groups.
The projects to be pursued by the recipients address
many different nanotechnology applications, for example
in materials research, chemistry, biology and electronics.
Announcing the awards, German Secretary of State
from the Ministry for Education and Research Wolf-Michael
Catenhusen claimed that the initiative has helped
the country to combat brain drain. Two of the recipients
are non-Germans, while a further six cancelled plans
to move abroad because of the funding.
While the praises of nanotechnology were being sung
in Berlin, campaigners opposed to nanotechnology expressed
concerns to delegates at the 'Nanotechnology - delivering
business advantage' conference in Buckinghamshire,
the UK, over a number of issues related to nanotechnology.
The main points raised were the toxicity of nanoparticles;
military use of nanotechnologies; increases in control
and surveillance using nanosensors; patents on matter;
and circumventing disability rights.
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