NanoSafety 2017
From October 11th-13th 2017, Saarbrucken in Germany will be hosting the second edition of the Conference "Nanosafety 2017". The event is organised by the Leibniz Research Alliance Nanosafety that deals with safety and security issues concerning nanomaterials and nanoproducts. Nanotechnologies are considered as key enabling technologies. Their applications are based on effects arising from the promising properties and structure of the building blocks of nanomaterials. Sustainable development and implementation of these technologies demand: Safe production and usage of...

Study TiO2 Nanoparticles uptake via ingestion
Ingestion of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles from products such as agricultural chemicals, processed food, and nutritional supplements is nearly unavoidable. The gastrointestinal tract serves as a critical interface between the body and the external environment, and is the site of essential nutrient absorption. A study, published in the journal 'NanoImpact', aimed to examine the effects of ingesting 30 nm TiO2 nanoparticles with an in vitro cell culture model of the small intestinal epithelium. Special focus was to determine how acute or chronic exposure to nano-TiO2 influences...

EC News Science for Policy 2017
A recent study has evaluated frameworks and tools used in Europe to assess the potential health and environmental risks of manufactured nanomaterials. The study identifies a trend towards tools that provide protocols for conducting experiments, which enable more flexible and efficient hazard testing. Among its conclusions, however, it notes that no existing frameworks meet all the study's evaluation criteria and calls for a new, more comprehensive framework. The study "Frameworks and tools for risk assessment of manufactured nanomaterials", conducted under the EU-funded MARINA...

FutureNanoNeeds Online Survey 2017
The NANOfutures initiative has launched an online survey to validate the findings regarding value chains centred on key nanomaterials generated within the context of the EU FP7 project FutureNanoNeeds. The questionnaire is online available until 17th March 2017! NANOfutures is involved in FutureNanoNeeds (www.futurenanoneeds.eu), a project funded by the European Commission under FP7. It aims at developing a novel framework to enable naming, classification, hazard and environmental impact assessment of the next generation nanomaterials prior to their widespread industrial use.As...

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