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Development of a platform and toolkit for understanding interactions between nanoparticles and the living world (NanoInteract) - Publishable Executive Summary

Project ID: 33231
Funded under: FP6-NMP

Abstract

The responsible development and implementation of nanotechnology is recognized as a common desire across the European arena of research, and far beyond. The overarching objective of NanoInteract is to create a firm scientific and technical basis for understanding and potentially prediction of likely biological impacts of engineered nanoscale particulates. The NanoInteract program is an EU FP6 STREP funded under the NMP theme, running from January 1st 2007 until 31st December 2009. It involves extensive co-operative laboratory-based research in 9 European academic institutes, 2 National Research Centres, 5 industry partners, and 1 US academic institute, listed in the Table below.
Recognizing the extraordinary degree and quality of inter-disciplinarity required to address the challenge, the program is a network of research-based-interactions in which those researchers best suited to perform a given role, are able to do so, passing on their materials, outputs and knowledge to the others along the value chain. To date the program has lead to no newly identified hazard (solely due to nanoscale elements) for nanoparticles, but it has highlighted several issues requiring further investigation. Numerous examples of apparent hazard, ultimately traced to dispersants or other conventional chemical impurities have been identified and eliminated as factors in the research.
The knowledge and experience gained is now forming the basis for other projects, both in the EU and across the world.

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