NANEX—Development of Exposure Scenarios for Manufactured Νanomaterials


Acronym: NANEX
Title: NANEX—Development of Exposure Scenarios for Manufactured Νanomaterials
Status: Active
Funding Organization: European Union


Participant nr 12, Demokritos will contribute to WP3 (Occupational Exposures)
Leader in charge: C. Housiadas
Start Date: 1/12/2009
Duration: 12 months


The aim of the NANEX project is to develop a catalogue of generic and specific exposure scenarios for Manufactured Nanomaterials (MNMs) relevant for human exposure taking account of the entire lifecycle of these materials. NANEX will collect and review available exposure information and develop a set of generic exposure scenarios for three very relevant MNMs: (1) high aspect ratio nanomaterials - HARNs) (e.g. carbon nanotubes); (2) mass-produced nanomaterials (e.g. ZnO, TiO2, carbon black); and (3) specialised nanomaterials that are currently only produced on a small scale (e.g nano-Ag)).  Data collected will include both quantitative (measurement results if available) and qualitative, contextual exposure information.  We will review the applicability of existing models for estimating occupational and consumer exposure as well as available model for estimating environmental release and human exposure through the environment.  We will carry out a small number of specific case illustrations, covering occupational, consumer and environmental release/exposure scenarios and carry out a gap analyses of the available knowledge and data and define research priorities.