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Development of Exposure Scenarios for Manufactured Nanomaterials

Objective

Nanotechnology is a fast growing industry producing a wide variety of manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) and numerous potential applications. Consequently, the potential for exposure to humans and the environment is likely to increase. Human exposure to MNMs and environmental release of these materials can occur during all the life cycle stages of these materials. For each stage of the life cycle of an MNM, exposure scenarios will need to be developed that effectively describe how exposure to humans and the environment occur and what measures are required to control the exposure. The aim of the NANEX project is to develop a catalogue of generic and specific (ocupational, consumer and environmental release) exposure scenarios for MNMs taking account of the entire lifecycle of these materials. NANEX will collect and review available exposure information, focussing on three very relevant MNMs: (1) high aspect ratio nanomaterials - HARNs) (e.g. carbon nanotubes); (2) mass-produced nanomaterials (e.g. ZnO, TiO2, carbon black); and (3) specialised nanomaterials that are currently only produced on a small scale (e.g Ag)). The exposure information will include both quantitative (measurement results) and qualitative contextual exposure information (risk management measures). We will also review the applicability of existing models for occupational and consumer exposure assessment and for environmental release from these scenarios. We will carry out a small number of specific case illustrations and carry out a gap analyses of the available knowledge and data. Finally, we project knowledge will be disseminated to relevant stakeholders, taking into account other relevant activities that are taking place in this field.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-CSA-3
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE
Address
Research Avenue North, Riccarton 45
EH14 4AP Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 153 812,18
Administrative Contact
Susy Scarisbrick (Ms.)

Participants (11)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 122 515
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 104 131,50
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heidi Leutwyler (Ms.)
EUROPEAN RESEARCH SERVICES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 25 968
Address
Roentgenstrasse 19
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Panzer (Mr.)
INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE ROMAND DE SANTE AU TRAVAIL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 89 880
Address
Rue Du Bugnon 21
1011 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Riediker (Dr.)
FUNDACION LEIA CENTRO DE DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 77 072
Address
Leonardo Da Vinci 11, Parque Tecnologico De Alava
01510 Minano Mayor - Alava
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mercedes Ocio Rosales (Ms.)
NANEUM LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 25 680
Address
Canterbury Road 18-20
CT5 4EY Whitstable
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Muir (Dr.)
NANOCYL SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 26 386
Address
Rue De L'essor 4
5060 Sambreville
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederic Luizi (Dr.)
NANOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 92 101,32
Address
Lion House, Red Lion Street
WC1R4GB London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Steffi Friedrichs (Dr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 89 024
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Johanna Op De Weegh (Ms.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 99 510
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eric Cremer (Mr.)
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 45 796
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marina Fontara