Last edited 31 Oct 2019


The Construction Terms Reference Library, published by the Construction Innovation Hub in 2019 defines a nanomaterial as a:

…natural, incidental or manufactured material containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for 50% or more of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1-100 nm.

As defined by the EU “2011/696/EU: Commission recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial”, Official Journal of the European Union, O J L 275, 20.10.2011, p. 38-40.

Table 2. Example MNP Construction Material Impacts

Exaample mnp construction material impacts.png

Adapted from 45 64 37:

  • S. K. Arora et al, “Drivers of technology adoption – The case of nanomaterials in buildings construction,” Technological forecasting and social change, vol. 87, pp. 232-244, 2014.
  • Nanowerk, “Nanotechnology in the Construction Industry,” [Online]. Available: [Accessed 28 June 2019].
  • C. Hierold, A. Jungen, C. Stampfer, and T Helbling, “Nano electromechanical sensors based on carbon nanotubes,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, vol. 136, pp.51-61, 2007.

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