Project of the BMBF funding initiative NanoCare

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Nanostructured Materials - health, exposure and material properties



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NanoGEM is a project combining several academic and private research institutions, industrial firms, and public authorities with the intention of answering today’s open questions of sustainable development and risk assessment by use of specially adapted strategies. Apart from evaluating for the first time hazards of industrially relevant nanomaterials and nanoparticles contained in processed products, NanoGEM gives special attention to biokinetics i.e., to the uptake and distribution of nanoparticles in the human body as a function of size, structure, and surface properties. Issues of safety at work and product safety during manufacturing, processing, application, and disposal will be approached, among other things, by means of newly developed portable measuring instruments. NanoGEM provides the data necessary for assessing the risks of an internal and external contact of nanoparticles with organisms.



WP 1: Production, Fuctionalisation, Characterisation

WP 2: Exposure

WP Q: Nanomaterial changes in the life cycle

WP 3:Uptake and Distribution

WP 4: Toxicity

WP 5: Mechanisms

WP 6: Risk Assessment

WP 7: Communication



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Project Lead

Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. (IUTA) Logo

PD Dr. Thomas Kuhlbusch, Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. (IUTA)



Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. (IUTA) BASF SE Logo Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
Bayer Technology Services GmbH Logo IBE R&D gGmbH Institute, for Lung Health Center of Allergy & Environment Muenchen (ZAUM), TU Muenchen and Helmholtz Centre Muenchen Institut fuer Gefahrstoff-Forschung der Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie (IGF)
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University of Muenster Logo ItN Nanovation AG University of Applied Science and Arts Dortmund, Biomedical Imaging Group Saarland University, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology




Duration : 01.08.2010 - 31.07.2013 (extended to 31.10.2013)