Research focus

The rapid and promising advancement of nanotechnology requires a concomitant expansion of the knowledge about risks - human, ecological and societal - related to nanomaterials and nanoparticles.

Increasing evidence shows that nanoparticles may have adverse effects, but the picture is fragmented and sometimes contradictory partly due to a lacking control on dispersion, physico-chemical descriptors and characterization, dosimetry and endpoints for nanoparticles. These problems also spill over on risk assessment procedures and societal risk regimes.

NanoSphere applies synthesis of nanoparticles with systematic variations in physicochemical properties, a battery of characterization methods, various platforms for effect studies on biomimetic membranes, mechanistic bioassays and ecologically relevant test organisms.

Societal aspects of evolving risk regimes around nanotechnology will be studied by interfacing with innovation studies and risk research. NanoSphere delivers frameworks, methodologies, both generally applicable structure-activity relations and case specific data, and approaches that will provide input for improving the adequacy of current risk assessment practices and narrowing the gap between nanotechnology innovation and risk assessment processes.

Results will be of immediate use for environmental authorities, industry and other stakeholders.

Nanosphere consists of 10 interconnected work packages. Our research work plan consists of 8 research work packages, one societal interaction package and one education and training work package.

Find out more about our research work plan

Page Manager: Robert Karlsson|Last update: 11/17/2014

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