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NanoAir, Development of an automated instrument for real-time, on-site qualitative analysis of full-range breathable airborne particles, including nanoparticles, using XRD technology

Objective

There is a need for better measurement instruments for analysis of airborne particles, in particular nanoparticles. Use of powders, nanomaterials/ceramics, and nanoparticles is rising fast. Occupational health problems are present at a wide range of different work places due to airborne particulates. Toxic particles such as asbestos and silica are responsible for the majority of particle related illnesses. The overall impacts of the NanoAir project are to reduce number of deaths and illnesses caused by workplace related exposure to particles. The air pollution detection market is growing fast, as new concerns are identified especially for indoor air pollution. The market is under pressure from USA from many new high-tech solutions, and progression regarding air pollution legislation and NP industries. Thus the concept of the project is to develop a new method to analyse airborne particles, onsite, real-time and with a high quality readout. The method can identify the particle types together with the size distribution. In the project we have a new idea for the development of an improved particle sampling system, which will allow collecting particles with a high efficiency and a wide range of particle sizes, including the nano-size regime. This will allow much improved analysis results and sensitivity for a wide range of particle types and sizes. This sampling system together with a mobile X-ray diffraction analysis technique opens up for new possibilities within air quality detection, especially within the capability to analyse nanoparticles. Detection and analysis of nanoparticles may be a very crucial field in the future air quality analysis, due to a rapidly increase in use of nanomaterials and nanoparticles in building materials, paintings, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. At the same time, new research have indicated very large potential risks for man-made nanoparticles, due to a very deep deposition in the lungs and high chemical reactivity.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Coordinator

INEL S.A.S
Address
Za Cd 405
45410 Artenay
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 281 516,77
Administrative Contact
Michel Hugnot (Mr.)

Participants (12)

BRITON EMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 217 161,30
Address
Shuttleworth Road 4
MK41 0EP Bedford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Towler (Mr.)
TEHNOPLAST AS

Participation ended

Estonia
Address
Laki 5A
10621 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peeter Remmel (Mr.)
ENVIRONNEMENT SA

Participation ended

France
Address
Boulevard Robespierre 111
78304 Poissy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephane Kempenar (Mr.)
Airconfort S.L.

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Calle El Campon, Penacastillo 23
39011 Santander, Cantabria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaime Roberto Sordo Gonzalez (Mr.)
EMIL BROLL GMBH & CO
Austria
EU contribution
€ 158 982,69
Address
Rhomberg S Fabrik - Schwarz 7
6850 Dornbirn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Felix Backmeister (Mr.)
Camfil AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 21 319,18
Address
Industrigatan 3
61933 Trosa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulf Johansson (Mr.)
DANISH INNOVATION INSTITUTE A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 16 874,94
Address
Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ahmed Waqar (Mr.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Annys Looser Annys (Ms.)
COMDE Computer Messtechnik Design und Entwicklungs GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 054,95
Address
Kieler Strasse 9
14532 Stahnsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bärbel Triebeneck (Ms.)
TALLER VENTAS BUÑOL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 118 445,87
Address
Avda.blasco Ibañez 48
46360 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vicente Alís Hernández (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 2 059,50
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Migliaresi Claudio (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 377,30
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)