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Development of Quantitative Analytical Methodologies for Monitoring Nanomaterials and their Fate and Behaviour in the Environment - CB0478

Description
The detection of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in the environment poses a particular challenge, because they are likely to be present at low and diffused levels in complex matrices that may contain other particulate materials, some in the nano scale.
From a regulatory perspective, the current lack of analytical methods for ENMs poses a major limitation in relation to ensuring their safety to human health and the environment, and also in setting and enforcing any limits for the ENM released to the environment.
Objective
1. Carry out a systematic review of the fate and behaviour of different types of ENMs (organic, inorganic, hybrid) in different environmental compartments; and
2. Explore a selected range of the available methodologies against model nanomaterials/environmental matrices to assess their feasibility for monitoring ENMs in the environment.
The project will include a state-of-the-art review of published literature to develop conclusions on the likely fate and behaviour of environmentally-important ENMs under different environmental conditions. Planned experimental work will use model ENMs and assess the appropriateness of analytical techniques.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2013

Cost: £42,042
Contractor / Funded Organisations
F E R A (FERA)
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Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology