NanoSphere research organization - Work packages

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. Their relation is shown in the figure below.

Their specific aims (WP #) are:

  1. To perform prospective technology studies in order to compile, systematise and evaluate information necessary for a sound prioritisation of nanoparticles for specific case studies.
  2. To establish a platform for the synthesis of nanoparticles with systematic variations in terms of size, shape, composition, structure and surface functionalization combining in house methods with those available at national and international partners.
  3. To incorporate platforms for analysis and physico-chemical characterization of nanoparticles of the synthesis products, and in environmental and biological testing matrices as well as real environmental samples.
  4. To identify key factors in the exposure assessment that are controlling the fate and behaviour of nanoparticles in environmental model systems and study the effect of interactions with water chemistry, other environmental chemicals, e.g. surfactants, natural nanoparticles, and with each other, in interlinked experiments, field sampling and model developments.
  5. To establish platforms for (eco)toxicological testing of NP at biomimetic, molecular, cellular, organ, organism and ecological levels.
  6. To explore the connection between the physical and chemical properties of the studied nanoparticles and their (eco)toxicological activity, using Structure-Activity-Relationship(SAR)-approaches.
  7. To analyze how the specific properties and the huge diversity of nanoparticles can be adequately considered in Risk assessment coupled to chemical legislation such as REACH.
  8. To identify the key socio-technical functionalities of emerging nano-innovation systems, and how they incorporate considerations of technological risks, how governance of nano-risk and how different 'risk regulating regimes' emerge as a result of historical specificities, such as the failure of markets to avoid or handle risks, or the role of public opinion and interest groups.
  9. To establish effective channels for interactions, communication and information.
  10. To contribute to education and training of the next generation of scientists, rising their awareness of NPs as a fundamentally new class of environmental compounds and to consider hazard aspects already at design stage.
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