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NanoFATE- Nanoparticle Fate Assessment and Toxicity in the Environment
Coordinator - Susana Loureiro
CESAM Responsible researcher - Susana Loureiro
Programme - FP7
Execution dates - 2010-03-01 - 2014-02-28 (48 Months)
Funding Entity - Comissão das Comunidades Europeias – Small or medium-scale focused research project, Topic(s): NMP-2009-1.3-1 Activities towards the development of appropriate solutions for the use, recycling and/or final treatment of nanotechnology-based products. Joint call with Theme 6: 'Environment - including Climate Change' –Topic ENV.2009.
Funding for CESAM - 115000 €
Proponent Institution - NERC - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Natural Environment Research Council NERC UK
VU University, Amsterdam VUA NL
Oxford University UOXF.DJ UK
University of Aveiro UAVR PT
Faust & Backhaus F+B DE
NanoTrade NT CZ
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro UNIPMN IT
Institute of High Pressure Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences IHPP PL
Cardiff University CU UK
Amepox AXME PL
Gothenburg University UGOT SE

Additional Partners with their own funding
University of Wisconsin USA
Arizona State University USA
University of California USA
Biotechnology Research Institute-National Research Canada CAN
Kyoto University - Research Centre for Environmental Quality Mgt JPN
National Research Laboratory on Environmental Biotechnology KOR
Laboratory for Biological Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety CHN
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ITA
CSIRO Land and Water AUS
Environment Agency for England and Wales ENG & WAL
Concern - Russian Ag commercial nanotechnology organisation

Project Description

Concept: NanoFATE has been conceived to fill knowledge and methodological gaps currently impeding sound assessment of environmental risks posed by engineered nanoparticles (ENPs). Our vision is to assess environmental ENP fate and risk in example high-volume products for which recycling is not an option, namely fuel additive, personal care and antibacterial products. Two market ENPs from each product type (CeO2, ZnO, Ag, of varying size, surface and core chemistries) will be studied through their post-production life cycles i.e. from environmental entry as "spent product", through waste treatment to their final fates and potential toxic effects. This will test the applicability of current fate and risk assessment methods and identify improvements required for assessment of ENPs at an early stage. Methodology: The work plan is designed to deliver research and progress beyond the state-of-the-art. While some objectives are focused in single WPs, other are cross-cutting, so ensuring the integration of the workplan to support delivery of novel ENP risk quantification methods. Impact: NanoFATE will provide robust tools, techniques and knowledge needed by stakeholders to understand and communicate risks associated with ENPs of different physical or chemical properties, including their environmental interactions and toxicity.

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CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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