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Nanoparticle Fate Assessment and Toxicity in the Environment

Objective

Concept: NanoFATE has been conceived to fill knowledge and methodological gaps currently impeding sound assessment of environmental risks posed by engineered nanoparticles (ENPs). Our vision is to assess environmental fate and risk of ENPs from high-volume products for which recycling is not an option; namely; fuel additive, personal care and antibacterial products. Two market ENPs from each product (CeO2, ZnO, Ag of varying size, surface and core chemistries) will be followed through their post-production life cycles i.e. from environmental entry as “spent product”, through waste treatment to their final fates and potential toxic effects. This will test the applicability of current fate and risk assessment methods and identify improvements required for a scientific assessment of ENPs at an early stage. Objectives: Such systematic study of the environmental fate and toxicity of selected ENPs will entail addressing 9 S&T objectives: 1: Design, tagging and manufacture of ENPs 2: Analysis of ENP interactions with abiotic and biotic entities 3: Generating predictive models for ENP exposure in waters and sludge-amended soils 4: Studying the fate and behaviour of ENPs through wastewater treatment 5: Determining acute and chronic ecotoxicity 6: Assessing effects of physico-chemical properties on ENP bioavailability 7: Defining mechanisms of uptake, internal trafficking, and toxicity 8: Developing spatial RA model(s) 9: Improving understanding of ENP risks Methodology: The work plan is designed to progress beyond the state-of-the-art through focused workpackages. While some objectives are delivered in single WPs, good cross WP integration will secure the key objectives of delivering new methods for quantifying ENP risks. Impact: NanoFATE will provide robust tools, techniques and knowledge needed by stakeholders to understand and communicate risks associated with different ENPs, including their environmental interactions and toxicity.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-ENV-2009
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 556 846
Administrative Contact
Claus Svendsen (Dr.)

Participants (12)

STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 325 920
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 255 670
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alana Davies (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 115 776
Address
Campus Universitário De Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fernando Batista (Mr.)
FAUST UND BACKHAUS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 108 000
Address
Fahrenheitstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Faust (Dr.)
NANOTRADE SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 49 050
Address
Mozartova 178/12
77900 Olomouc
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ladislav Torcik (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL PIEMONTE ORIENTALE AMEDEO AVOGADRO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 213 837
Address
Duomo 6
13100 Vercelli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luciano Pugliese (Dr.)
Institute of High Pressure Physics UNIPRESS
Poland
EU contribution
€ 184 460
Address
Sokolowska 29/37
01142 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Witold Lojkowski (Prof.)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 188 630
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nick Bodycombe (Mr.)
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO AMEPOX SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 74 580
Address
Jaracza 6
90-268 Lodz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Moscicki (Dr.)
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 374 651
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ludde Edgren (Dr.)
INSTITUT SYMLOG
France
EU contribution
€ 49 680
Address
262 Saint Jacques
75005 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marc Poumadere (Prof.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hetty De Wilde (Ms.)