Nanomaterials Safety

Pictogramma nanomateriaux

The HEHS Center offers technological and expert support to industries to ensure that their nanotechnology based-products and processes are safe for human health and the environment. It offers its capacities and experience to a wide range of sectors.

chemicals

Chemicals

materials

Materials

textile

Textile

detergent

Detergents

cosmetics

Cosmetics

construction

Construction

medicine

Medicine

food

Food

transport

Transport

packaging

Packaging

Physico-Chemical Characterization

Characterization of (nano)materials following standard protocols including identification and quantification in complex matrices

  • Core Composition (ICP-MS, ATR-IR, TEM-EDX)
  • Concentration / Purity (ICP-MS, EDX)
  • Primary size and aggregate size distribution (DLS, TEM, SEM, NTA)
  • Volume specific surface area (BET)
  • Shape (TEM, SEM)
  • Dissolution (ICP-MS, TEM)
  • Surface charge (Zeta Potential)
  • Coating (FTIR, TGA, TEM-EDX)
  • Surface properties (FTIR, XPS, TGA)
  • Crystallinity (XRD, TEM)
  • Stability (DLS, Zeta Potential, UV-visible spectroscopy, NTA)

High-Level Research Projects

The HEHS Center participates in the most important research projects on nanomaterial safety at European level developing future regulations, frameworks, standards and classifications. It is also highly involved in the EU Nanosafety Cluster to maximise the synergies between European-level projects, and to address the safety of materials and technologies enabled by the use of nanoparticles.

Open Projects

Grouping, Read-Across, Characterisation and Classification Framework for Regulatory Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Safer Design of nano-enabled Products

The European Nanotechnology Community Informatics Platform: Bridging data and disciplinary gaps for industry and regulators

Performance testing, calibration and implementation of a next generation system-of-systems Risk Governance Framework for nanomaterials

Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment

Implementation of Risk Governance: meeting the needs of nanotechnology