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Toxicological impact of nanomaterials derived from processing, weathering and recycling of polymer nanocomposites used in various industrial applications

Objective

The project NANOPOLYTOX will evaluate the toxicological impact of nanomaterials included in polymer nanocomposites, highly used in various industrial sectors, during their life cycle. The toxicological profile will be correlated with the changes in the physical and chemical properties of the nanomaterials during the artificial aging/weathering process of the polymeric nanocomposites. Raw nanomaterials and extracted nanomaterials will be characterized at different stages of their life cycle and their toxicity profiles will be obtained via in vitro and in vivo toxicity studies. The results from the in vivo studies will be used for the evaluation of the biological and environmental fate of nanomaterials. All the data generated during the project (physical, chemical and toxicological data) will be considered for the development of the novel LCIA methodology to apply to nanomaterials. These studies will also be taken into account for the selection of adequate digestion and extraction methods to separate the nanomaterials from the polymeric matrices. Moreover, optimization of these methods will facilitate the development of recycling techniques that will be applied in the end-stage of polymer nanocomposites. Disposal of the extracted toxic and/or innocuous nanomaterials will be carried out by mechanical and chemical recycling techniques. The chemical recycling technique will be based on a new separation method consisting of nanofiber filters to separate efficiently the raw nanomaterials from the polymeric matrices and re-use them in new applications. Finally, the nanofiber filters containing toxic nanomaterials will be immobilized in xerogel matrices by sol-gel processes and sintering.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-ENV-2009
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Funding Scheme

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

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 761 961,39
Administrative Contact
Dirk Saseta (Mr.)

Participants (7)

Global Nanotechnologies S.A. for the Design, Development, Production and Trading of Nanotechnology Materials
Greece
EU contribution
€ 239 029,49
Address
Mesogion Avenue 401
15343 Aghia Paraskevi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephanos Nitodas (Dr.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 220 456,80
Address
Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stella Veciana (Ms.)
POLYRISE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 230 321,46
Address
Avenue Pey Berland 16
33607 Pessac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vicent Gaud (Dr.)
L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 272 689,20
Address
Área Industrial Perguita C/a N°1
31210 Los Arcos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claudio Fernandez (Mr.)
DHI
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 488 404,52
Address
Agern Alle 5
2970 Horsholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joern Rasmussen (Mr.)
LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 78 077
Address
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 21
57123 Livorno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valentina Ermini (Dr.)
LATI INDUSTRIA TERMOPLASTI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 142 615,21
Address
Francesco Baracca 7
21040 Vedano Olona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuliano Ceron (Dr.)