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The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is coordinating the new ERA-Net SIINN research project "NANOaers" which is examining airborne particle mixtures and their possible effects on health. Despite the constant increase in the use of industrially manufactured nanomaterials (NM), little is known about their fate after being released into the air and ingested into the body through inhalation. A further question is, if nanomaterials may cause adverse health effects in the bronchial tract and in the alveolae in the lungs. The purpose of the international research...

EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON)
The European Unions' Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) is a new initiative, funded by the European Commission (EC), which aims to provide better access to relevant and understandable information about nanomaterials both for European citizens and experts. The EUON was concluded to be the best tool to increase transparency on nanomaterials on the EU market. The EUON website is hosted and maintained by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The EUON website provides information about existing nanomaterials on the EU market and offers interesting reading about the safety, innovation, research...

FFF Workshop 2017
From 28th-29th September 2017, the University of Vienna is organizing together with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) a workshop on Field-Flow Fractionation & Mass Spectrometry (FFF-MS) focussing on the analysis of nanoparticles in environmental- & life-sciences as well as in consumer products. It is designed for PhD students and scientist who are working the field of colloid and nanomaterial analysis. Deadline for Abstract Submission is August 15th 2017. Part I (first day – free of charge) will...

Publication in Environ Sci Technol 2017
A team of French scientists has recently published new findings on the effects and interactions of silver nanoparticles and plants titled "Silver Nanoparticles and Wheat Roots: A Complex Interplay" in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists have hypothesised that silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) may act as "Trojan horses" entering living organisms and then releasing silver cations (Ag+) over time, causing toxicity. This has been recently proposed as the mechanism by which Ag2S-NPs could be toxic to wheat and cowpea.New work by a team of French scientists...

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