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Innovative Sensor for the fast Analysis of Nanoparticles in Selected Target Products

Objective

INSTANT will face the challenge of the detection, identification and quantification of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in complex matrices such as cosmetic products and engineered food and drinks. Therefore, new detection methods and technologies are mandatory. This is completely in line with the Call FP7-NMP.2011.1.3-1 which deals especially with innovative, practically implementable and cost effective measurement approaches for ENPs in complex matrices. Recently emerging ENPs include Ag, SiO2, TiO2, ZnO, and organic NPs. The “Opinion of the Scientific Committee on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed Safety” released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (2009) also highlights the urgent need for such a tool. Accordingly, the interdisciplinary project INSTANT will develop an innovative and integrated technology for monitoring the exposure of consumers to ENPs using a label free opto-electrochemical sensor array in combination with novel recognition elements.
The SME driven INSTANT will develop an innovative, cost effective, and easy to use analytical tool to extract, detect and identify ENPs typically used in cosmetic products (e.g. sunscreen, toothpaste, deodorant, ...) and engineered food (e.g. instant soups, ketchup, ice cream, ...) and drinks (e.g. fruit juice, energy drinks, bottled water, ...). A crucial point of measuring in these complex matrices is the sample preparation and extraction. Therefore INSTANT will develop and integrate tailored extraction methods. Especially the size distribution of ENPs in the sample and the influence of the matrix on chemical and physical properties of the ENPs have to be taken into account. The INSTANT device will be designed to be used as a cost effective monitoring tool which is suitable for characterisation and classification of ENPs for the future implementation of quantitative structure-activity relationship studies.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SME-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 545 095,95
Administrative Contact
Guenter Gauglitz (Prof.)

Participants (10)

CORPUS DATA MINING HANDELSBOLAG

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 386 414,80
Address
Primusgatan 70
112 67 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Grahn (Dr.)
BIAMETRICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 425 054,80
Address
Auf Der Morgenstelle 18
72076 Tubingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Florian Proell (Dr.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 397 019,20
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Britta D Lindholm-Sethson (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 396 286,40
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Alexander Lieberzeit (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 442 140
Address
Avenida De Medina Azahara 5
14005 Cordoba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carmen Tarradas Iglesias (Prof.)
SITEX 45 SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 377 345,25
Address
Ghica Tei Blvd,bl.40,ap.2 Dept.2 114
023709 Bucharest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Ulieru (Ms.)
SOCIEDAD DE INVESTIGACION EN NANOESTRUCTURAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 346 000
Address
Plaza Escultor Ruiz Olmos 12
14005 Cordoba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bartolome Simonet (Dr.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 346 594,80
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas F. Thünemann (Prof.)
CORPUS DATA & IMAGE ANALYSIS AB
Sweden
Address
Primusgatan 70 Lgh 1102 Gunilla Nordstrom 70
112 67 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Grahn (Dr.)
NANORDIC OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 109 994,80
Address
Toth Kalikkakuja 2 D 25
90540 Oulu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geza Toth (Dr.)