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Nanoparticles in Food: Analytical methods for detection and characterisation

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245162

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 050 599

  • EU contribution

    € 2 945 823

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

Objective

The NanoLyse project will focus on the development of validated methods and reference materials for the analysis of engineered nano-particles (ENP) in food and beverages. The developed methods will cover all relevant classes of ENP with reported or expected food and food contact material applications, i.e. metal, metal oxide/silicate, surface functionalised and organic encapsulate (colloidal/micelle type) ENP. Priority ENPs have been selected out of each class as model particles to demonstrate the applicability of the developed approaches, e.g. nano-silver, nano-silica, an organically surface modified nano-clay and organic nano-encapsulates. Priority will be given to methods which can be implemented in existing food analysis laboratories. A dual approach will be followed. Rapid imaging and screening methods will allow the distinction between samples which contain ENP and those that do not. These methods will be characterised by minimal sample preparation, cost-efficiency, high throughput and will be achieved by the application of automated smart electron microscopy imaging and screening techniques in sensor and immunochemical formats. More sophisticated, hyphenated methods will allow the unambiguous characterisation and quantification of ENP. These will include elaborate sample preparation, separation by flow field fractionation and chromatographic techniques as well as mass spectrometric and electron microscopic characterisation techniques. The developed methods will be validated using the well characterised food matrix reference materials that will be produced within the project. Small-scale interlaboratory method performance studies and the analysis of a few commercially available products claiming or suspect to contain ENP will demonstrate the applicability and soundness of the developed methods.

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 689 911

Administrative Contact

Jelte Zeilstra (Mr.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 367 309

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 411 746

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 420 881

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 352 628

THE GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Canada

CENTRE D'ECONOMIE RURALE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 142 490

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 240 690

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 134 326

VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 185 842

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245162

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 050 599

  • EU contribution

    € 2 945 823

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands