JRC News

  1. 18 May 2016

    A team of scientists from five European universities and the JRC have shown that a conversion of particle size data (obtained by analysing a particular sample of nanoparticles with different methods) to a 'mass equivalent diameter' can improve the consistency and comparability of such data.

  2. 19 Apr 2016

    Nanoform, Read-across, Weight of Evidence…what do they mean in the nanomaterials safety context? How many definitions of those terms are available?

    Consistent use of terminology is important in any field of science and technology to ensure common understanding of concepts and tools among different stakeholders, such as science experts, regulatory authorities, industry and consumers.

  3. 17 Mar 2016

    The use of nanotechnology in healthcare promises new diagnostic opportunities and innovative therapeutic concepts that may help to tackle major medical challenges such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and antimicrobial resistance.


    However, the manufacturing process of nanomedicines is sophisticated, and quality inconsistencies between batches must be carefully monitored before clinical applications can be considered. Furthermore, safety concerns related to the use of nanomaterials must be addressed as early as possible during product development.

  4. 17 Feb 2016

    Researchers from JRC have recently developed a multi-omics approach for the assessment of potential human health risks of nanomaterials used e.g. in consumer products or for medical applications. The methodology was applied to study the effects of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in a human cell line, demonstrating its great potential and further contributing to better understanding how NPs interact with living systems.

  5. 26 Jan 2016

    Titanium dioxide powders have been manufactured and used on a large, industrial scale since the first half of the last century but only in recent years have concerns begun to be raised  about possible effects on human health though exposure to this material in nanoparticulate form. Although some recent studies have reported that nanoparticulate titanium dioxide might be harmful to human health the situation still remains inconclusive due, in part, to the large number of different forms in which the material may be found.

  6. 20 Jan 2016

    Scientists from the JRC led the preparation of nanoparticle test materials within the frame of the project 'NanoChOp' of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP). The test materials have served the NanoChOp partners in developing methods for size and surface charge density analysis of nanoparticles in biologically relevant media, such as human serum.

  7. 10 Dec 2015

    The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is a threat which is increasingly causing serious health problems to EU citizens and there is a pressing need to develop novel classes of antimicrobial agents. In the search for a solution to this problem, antimicrobial peptides (molecules consisting of 2 or more amino acids) are being recognized as promising candidates in the fight against bacterial pathogens.

  8. 2 Dec 2015

    In a collaborative project, JRC scientists contributed to the development and validation of a method for the determination of silver nanoparticles in chicken meat; thus demonstrating the possibilities and challenges of measuring nanoparticles in food.

  9. 1 Dec 2015

    In a joint project with researchers from the University of Vienna (Austria) and the Technical University of Denmark, JRC scientists developed a suitable analytical approach for the detection of silicon dioxide (silica) nanoparticles in tomato soup. This method not only has the potential to monitor the fate of nanoparticles during food production but could also be used by food authorities and laboratories for control purposes.

  10. 13 Nov 2015

    Detecting the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products is an enduring challenge for analytical laboratories.

    Although many different techniques can potentially be used to measure the dimension of objects smaller than a 1/10000 of a millimetre, in practice, the results obtained using different methods may not always prove to be consistent.