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European project tries to assess risks of nanomaterials
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Mar '18
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Courtesy: Ca' Foscari University of Venice
European scientists have completed initial attempts to understand the risks associated with nanomaterials in their life-cycle, starting from their fabrication and ending in being discarded or recycled. There were over 100 scientists from 25 research institutions and industries from 12 European Countries in the Sustainable Nanotechnologies Project (SUN).

The project has been awarded 13 million euros of funding from the European Commission.

Scientists focused on specific materials and their use, in order to analyse the entire life cycle of the products. Two of the best-known materials were chosen: nanoscale silver that is used in textiles, and multi-walled carbon nanotubes that are used in marine coatings and automotive parts. Less known materials that are of great relevance for their use were also included: car pigments and silica anticaking agents used by food industry.

The research was coordinated by the group of professor Antonio Marcomini from Ca' Foscari University of Venice. After three years of research in laboratories and in contact with industrial partners, the scientists have processed, tested and made available an online platform that supports industries and control and regulating institutions in evaluating potential risks that may arise for the production teams, for the consumers and for the environment.

The goal is to understand the extent to which these risks are sustainable, especially in relation to the traditional materials available, and to take the appropriate preventative measures. Additionally, this tool allows comparison of risk reduction costs with the benefits generated by this innovative product, while measuring its possible environmental impact.

Danail Hristozov, the project's principal investigator from the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics at Ca' Foscari, commented: "The great amount of work done for developing and testing the methods and tools for evaluating and managing the risks posed by nanomaterials has not only generated an enormous amount of new scientific data and knowledge on the potential dangers of different types of nanomaterials, but has also resulted in key discoveries on the interactions between nanomaterials and biological or ecological systems and on their diffusion, on how they work and on their possible adverse consequences. These results, disseminated in over 140 research papers, have been immediately taken up by industries and regulators and will inevitably have great impact on developing safer and more sustainable nanotechnologies and on regulating their risks".

The SUN project has also composed a guide for the safest products and processes, published on its website.

From nanoscale silver to titanium dioxide for air purification, the use of nanomaterials of high commercial relevance proves to have clear benefits as it attracts investments, and raises concerns. 'Nano' sized materials (a nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre) could pose environmental and health risks under certain conditions. The uncertainties and insufficient scientific knowledge could slow down innovation and economic growth. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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