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Labelling of engineered nanomaterials for nanosafety tracing


Major uncertainty still exists on the safety of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). This is primarily due to difficulties in studying such small-scale objects and especially tracing their fate and behaviour in laboratory experiments and, even more so, the environment. Labelling of ENMs can serve a very important role of tracer in the environment, and ultimately be used as a tool to create unique ENM identities and support the concept of “safer-by-design”. The proposed project will compare different labelling techniques, both conventional (fluorescent labels) and emerging (stable isotopic and chemical labelling) where the host and ER have complementary expertise, and investigate multiple labels. It will consider aspects of industrial synthesis and scaling up and carry out a field experiment involving labelled ENMs. The ER will be hosted by the team who pioneered stable isotope labelling of ENMs and benefit from placements with the JRC and Glantreo, whilst bringing to the project his own unique expertise on ENM synthesis and tracing.


Net EU contribution
€ 195 454,80
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 195 454,80