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NANOMATERIALS-RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND HEALTH HAZARDS THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE-CYCLE

Objective

The purpose of this project is to identify and rate important forms of nanotechnology-related environmental pollution and health hazards that could result from activities involved in nano-structures throughout their life-cycle, and to suggest means that might reduce or eliminate these impacts. Besides the positive multipurpose nano-reinforcement in materials and expanded devices applications, little is known about the environmental and health risks of certain manufactured nanomaterials. Initial research has indicated that nanomaterials can have a negative impact on human health and environmental pollution. For instance, carbon nanotubes may be more toxic than other carbon particles or quartz dust when being absorbed into the lung tissue; however, specific detailed research is required. More importantly, and fundamental to the success of nanotechnology, is the perceived safety of the technology by the public. As activity shifts from research to the development of applications, there exists an urgent need to understanding and managing the associated risks, but in particular to personnel working with these materials. To address these issues, an investigation of biological interactions of nanoscale and nanostructured materials on in vitro toxicological mechanisms is proposed. Further, an assessment of their impact on environmental pollution regarding water, soil and air is also proposed.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biological behavioural sciences/ethology/biological interaction
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

EKOTEK INGENIERI Y CONSULTORIA MEDIOAMBIENTAL
Address
Av/ Ribera De Axpe (Altzaga) 11-D1
48950 Erandio
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 309 256
Administrative Contact
María Blázquez (Ms.)

Participants (9)

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 560 314,40
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
James Njuguna (Dr.)
INSTITUT BIOHIMII IM.O.V. PALLADINA NACIONALNOY AKADEMII NAUK UKRAINI
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 80 923
Address
Leontovicha Street 9
01601 Kyiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oleksandr Kuzmenko (Dr.)
POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 349 116
Address
Warszawska 24
31 155 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Krzysztof Pielichowski (Prof.)
TOMSK POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 116 169
Address
Lenin Avenue 30
634034 Tomsk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Petr Chubik (Prof.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 414 616
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jesus M. Valero (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 417 061,60
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Ms.)
GRADO ZERO ESPACE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 104
Address
Via Nove 2/A
50056 Montelupo Fiorentino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matteo Piccini (Dr.)
ASOCIACION PARA LA PREVENCION DE ACCIDENTES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 786
Address
Edificio Ibaeta, Portuetxe 14
20018 San Sebastian
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Silva Casal (Mr.)
LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 15 150
Address
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 21
57123 Livorno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eugenio Scaramuzzi (Mr.)