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NanoDefine Project- Development of an integrated approach based on validated and standardized methods to support the implementation of the EC recommendation for a definition of nanomaterial

PI: Frank von der Kammer (leader of Work Package 5 and member of the Project Management Group)
Post-Doc: Stephan Wagner, Milica Velimirovic

A 29-partner consortium of top European RTD performers, metrology institutes, and nanomaterials and instrument manufacturers have begun the mobilization of the critical mass of expertise required to establish the measurement tools and scientific data that help to implement the EU recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).

NanoDefine consortium will support the governance challenges associated with the implementation of the nano legislation by addressing the issues on the availability of suitable measuring techniques, reference material, validated methods, acceptable for all stakeholders (authorities, policies, industries). Moreover, an integrated and interdisciplinary approach will be established for a close international cooperation and networking between academia, concerned industries and standardization bodies.

Based on a comprehensive evaluation of existing methodologies and a rigorous intra-lab and inter-lab comparison, validated measurement methods and instruments will be developed being robust, readily implementable, cost-effective and capable to reliably measure the size of particles in the range of 1 - 100 nm, with different shapes, coatings and for the widest possible range of materials, in various complex media and products. Practical case studies will assess their applicability for various sectors, including food/feed, cosmetics etc.

One major outcome of the project will be the establishment of an integrated tiered approach including validated rapid screening methods (tier 1) and validated in depth methods (tier 2), with a user manual to guide end-users, such as manufacturers, regulatory bodies and contract laboratories, to implement the developed methodology.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 604347-2.

For further information about the NanoDefine project, visit the project website: http://www.nanodefine.eu/

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