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NanoDevice

Novel measurement methods for airborne nanoparticles

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NANODEVICE was an FP7 project co-ordinated by Dr Kai Savolainen of FIOH in Finland. The project took place from and involved 26 partners from around Europe.

This project aimed to develop new concepts and methods for measuring and characterising airborne nanoparticles with novel portable device(s) for workplaces.

Its specific objectives were as follows:

  • To identify relevant physical and chemical properties for specific measurement of engineered airborne ENP, and to develop reference materials for ENP aerosols.
  • To investigate the relationships between physical and chemical properties of ENP and their potential toxicity or bioactivity.
  • To analyse the ENP emitted from industrial processes during the production and handling of ENP and to assess levels of ENP in workplaces in order to define performance requirements.
  • To develop technologies that enable utilization of new concepts in miniaturized and field-worthy specific monitors for ENP.
  • To develop methods for calibration and testing of the newly developed concepts and methods and devices in simulated and real life exposure settings.
  • To effectively disseminate the results of the research, to promote the safety of ENP by guidance and standard development, to provide training and guidelines education, so that ENP can be safely produced and handled, and by promoting collaboration of all those concerned with the safety aspects of ENP.
IOM was primarily involved in development of the NANODEVICE 'Handbook of Nanosafety: Measurement, Exposure & Toxicology', which was published in 2014 by Elsevier Academic Press.

A final summary report of the NANODEVICE project is available to download here.

Did you know?

100 nm is the size below which the EU recommendation of the definition of nanomaterials applies.