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Development of sustainable solutions for nanotechnology-based products based on hazard characterization and LCA

Objective

Objective of the NanoSustain project is to develop innovative solutions for the sustainable design, use, recycling and final treatment of nanotechnology-based products This will be achieved by a comprehensive data gathering and generation of relevant missing data, as well as their evaluation and validation, for specific nanoproducts or product groups in relation to their human health and environmental hazards and possible impacts that may occur during after-production stages. Although production of nanomaterials is rapidly increasing, our knowledge about possible health and environmental effects associated with these materials is still rather poor. This lack of knowledge calls for more research. Due to their small size, nanoparticles behave different than their chemical analogues. They can be taken up easily and in a unique way with possible adverse effects in man and organisms. Assessing their hazard is complex and needs new approaches and a close international cooperation. NanoSustain will address the questions, (1) how and to what degree society and the environment will be exposed to nanomaterials and associated products, and (2) where do these particles end up? Expected results will improve our present knowledge on the impact and fate of these particles after entering economic and natural cycles. NanoSustain has mobilized the critical mass of expertise, resources and skills to tackle this complex issue. Based on results from hazard characterization, impact assessment and LCA, we will explore on a lab-scale new solutions for the design of selected nanomaterials and associated products and their sustainable use, recycling and final treatment. As the concerned nanotech industry will actively participate in the planned project, NanoSustain will set the ground for the development of new sustainable products and industrial applications, and hence help to strengthen competitiveness of the European nanotechnology industry.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-ENV-2009
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

NordMiljö O. Grahn AB
Address
Strandvägen 2
67129 Arvika
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 231 564
Administrative Contact
Rudolf Reuther (Dr.)

Participants (11)

Institute of Nanotechnology
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 400
Address
Innovation Park University Of Stirling - The Alpha Centre 6
FK9 4NF Stirling
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mark Morrison (Dr.)
DET NATIONALE FORSKNINGSCENTER FORARBEJDSMILJO
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 395 236
Address
Lerso Parkalle 105
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Håkan Wallin (Prof.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 543 674
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ulrika Backman (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 305 430
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annette Evers
VENETO NANOTECH SOCIETA CONSORTILEPER AZIONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 115 586
Address
Piazza Salvemini 13
35131 Padova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nicola Trevisan (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 317 347,20
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kris Engelen (Mr.)
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 76 227,20
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Valentinas Snitka (Prof.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETAREDEZVOLTARE PENTRU MICROTEHNOLOGIE
Romania
EU contribution
€ 110 415
Address
Erou Iancu Nicolae Street 32B
077190 Voluntari
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dan Dascalu (Prof.)
NANOLOGICA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 172 075
Address
Drottning Kristinas Väg 45
114 28 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Krim Talia (Dr.)
NANOGATE AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 26 100
Address
Zum Schacht 3
66287 Quierschied Gottelborn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Jung
UPM-KYMMENE OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 26 000
Address
Alvar Aallon Katu 1
00100 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antti Laukkanen (Dr.)