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Novel Concepts, Methods, and Technologies for the Production of Portable, Easy-to-Use Devices for the Measurement and Analysis of Airborne Engineered Nanoparticles in Workplace Air

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211464

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2009

  • End date

    31 March 2013

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 284 655,72

  • EU contribution

    € 9 490 888

Coordinated by:

TYOTERVEYSLAITOS

Finland

Objective

Due to their unique properties, engineered nanoparticles (ENP) are now used for a myriad of novel applications with great economic and technological importance. However, some of these properties, especially their surface reactivity, have raised health concerns, which have prompted scientists, regulators, and industry to seek consensus protocols for the safe production and use of the different forms of ENP. There is currently a shortage of field-worthy, cost-effective ways - especially in real time - for reliable assessment of exposure levels to ENP in workplace air. In addition to the problems with the size distribution, a major uncertainty in the safety assessment of airborne ENP arises from the lack of knowledge of their physical and chemical properties, and the levels of exposure. A special challenge of ENP monitoring is to separate ubiquitous background nanoparticles from different sources from the ENP. Here the main project goal is to develop innovative concepts and reliable methods for characterizing ENP in workplace air with novel, portable and easy-to-use devices suitable for workplaces. Additional research objectives are (1) identification of relevant physico-chemical properties and metrics of airborne ENP; establishment of reference materials; (2) exploring the association between physico-chemical and toxicological properties of ENP; (3) analyzing industrial processes as a source of ENP in workplace air; (4) developing methods for calibration and testing of the novel devices in real and simulated exposure situations; and (5) dissemination of the research results to promote the safe use of ENP through guidance, standards and education, implementing of safety objectives in ENP production and handling, and promotion of safety related collaborations through an international nanosafety platform.

Coordinator

TYOTERVEYSLAITOS

Address

Topeliuksenkatu 41 B
00250 Helsinki

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 628 414

Administrative Contact

Kai Savolainen (Prof.)

Participants (25)

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 419 479

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 233 558

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 168 091

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 393 560

INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTTECHNIK EV - IUTA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 886 060

DEUTSCHE GESETZLICHE UNFALLVERSICHERUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 285 752

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ET DE SECURITE POUR LA PREVENTION DES ACCIDENTS DU TRAVAIL ET DES MALADIES PROFESSIONNELLES ASSOCIATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 63 537

DET NATIONALE FORSKNINGSCENTER FORARBEJDSMILJO

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 252 173

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 200 317

GRIMM AEROSOL TECHNIK Gmbh & Co KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 834 412

DEKATI OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 333 120

NANEUM LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 708 646

TSI GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 192 197

DNV GL AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 181 468

BUNDESANSTALT FUER ARBEITSSCHUTZ UND ARBEITSMEDIZIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 265 553

TTY-SAATIO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 453 216

CENTRALNY INSTYTUT OCHRONY PRACY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 99 907

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 299 640

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 511 600

BASF SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 106 250

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 487 615

BERUFSGENOSSENSCHAFT ROHSTOFFE UNDCHEMISCHE INDUSTRIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 224 278

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 82 378

EUROPEAN VIRTUAL INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATED RISK MANAGEMENT EU VRI EWIV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 139 500

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 40 167

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211464

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2009

  • End date

    31 March 2013

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 284 655,72

  • EU contribution

    € 9 490 888

Coordinated by:

TYOTERVEYSLAITOS

Finland

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