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Life cycle approach and human risk impact assessment, product stewardship and stakeholder risk/benefit communication of nanomaterials

Objective

Nanomaterials have a great market potential for SMEs due to the high added values and the reduced batch sizes compared to their corresponding conventional bulk materials. Unless the benefits the introduction of nanomaterials is hampered due to the unknown human and ecological risks. It may take many years to fill all knowledge gaps. However, the SMEs have to address the various different aspects and perceptions of risks, in communication with the various stakeholders. For this reason, SMEs need guidance to assess the risks and the benefits of their nanoproducts in comparison with the conventional (non-nano) products.
The main goal of this project is to develop a structured life cycle approach for nanomaterials that (1) enables to balance health/environmental risks of nanomaterials in view of paucity of data against their benefits and (2) that further allows a comparison with the risks and the benefits of the conventional (non-nano) products. This structured approach will be the base for a completely new service available to SMEs working with nanomaterials.
As proof of principle and concrete benefit for the SMEs, LICARA will deliver guidelines to the members of the SME Associations to support them in their communication with regulators, clients and investors and to improve the production processes and/or applications of their specific nanoproducts.
The consortium consists of 1 European and 3 national SME Associations, 2 SMEs, 3 RTDs and 1 project services company. The consortium is built in a way that the needed different expertise is represented. The partners are active in a range of (inter)national initiatives such as FP7 projects on life cycle assessment and risk assessment, OECD, ISO and CEN.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 192 012,21
Administrative Contact
Esther Zondervan-Van Den Beuken (Dr.)

Participants (10)

NANOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 31 394,06
Address
Avenue De Tervueren 143
1150 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Steffi Friedrichs (Dr.)
NANOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 14 049,98
Address
Lion House, Red Lion Street
WC1R4GB London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Denis Koltsov (Dr.)
VEREIN MIKRO- UND NANOTECHNOLOGIE EUREGIO BODENSEE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 81 059
Address
Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
9014 St Gallen
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jörg Güttinger (Dr.)
FRESO TECHNICAL-SOLUTIONS GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 646 150
Address
Busskirchstrasse 140
8645 Jona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Bodmer (Mr.)
Research and Development of Carbon Nanotubes S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 577 967,50
Address
Stadiou Street, Platani
26504 Rio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katerina Kouravelou (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 37 516
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roland Knechtle (Mr.)
RENT-A-SCIENTIST GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 37 600
Address
Nussberger Strasse 6B
93059 Regensburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gregor Schneider (Mr.)
SWEDNANOTECH AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 168 930
Address
Grev Turegatan 12A
114 46 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lars Montelius (Prof.)
EUROPEAN RESEARCH SERVICES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 41 340
Address
Roentgenstrasse 19
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Panzer (Mr.)
AGRUPACION PYME PARA LA SINERGIA EN I MAS D SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 183 670,25
Address
Calle Estacion 29 Planta 1 Puerta 3
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Martinez Boluda (Mrs.)