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  1. Reference materials for nanotechnologies

    Nanotechnologies make use of the properties of nanomaterials. Characterising the properties of nanomaterials, and their structure at the nanoscale (1 nm to 100 nm), requires advanced measurement methods. These methods are often complex or new. Certified r ...

    02 September 2015

  2. Nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology is a key enabling technology and has great potential for addressing societal challenges including energy supply and health care. Nonetheless, the use of nanomaterials also raises safety concerns, which need to be addressed in a Europe-wide ...

    14 January 2016

  3. How to define read-across and 42 other terms in nanomaterials safety?

    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 com ...

    19 April 2016

  4. The European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory launches first call for innovative nanomedicines in cancer therapy

    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.   Howev ...

    17 March 2016

  5. JRC scientists combine the use of in vitro systems and post-genomics techniques to study the effects of nanomaterials

    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 effect ...

    17 February 2016

  6. JRC hosts international workshop on characterisation of nanomaterials and nanomedicine

    23 Nov 2015 to 25 Nov 2015 The JRC hosted an international workshop dedicated to the characterisation of nanomaterials and nanomedicine in Ispra (IT) on 23-25 November 2015. The programme focused on recent advances in nanobiosciences promising a decisive ...

    25 November 2015

  7. The biological effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles depend on their crystalline forms

    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 ...

    26 January 2016

  8. Size and surface charge of nanoparticles in biologically relevant media

    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 develo ...

    20 January 2016

  9. NANoREG harmonised terminology for environmental health and safety assessment of nanomaterials

    Several terms in the field of environmental health and safety (EHS) assessment of chemicals and nanomaterials (hereinafter NMs) have been defined or used by the scientific community and different organisations, including international bodies, European aut ...

    10 April 2016

  10. Cyclotron

    The Cyclotron of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (model Scanditronix MC40) was closed down at the end of 2014. It was commissioned in the early 1980s and was a highly versatile accelerator with variable particle energy and the capability of ...

    03 March 2016

  11. NanoBiotechnology laboratory

    The JRC has up-to-date equipped laboratories to investigate nanomaterials safety as well as the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products. Its work focuses on a science-based understanding of nanomateria ...

    30 April 2014

  12. EFSI Newsletter Issue #63, March 2016

    On a regular basis, the JRC publishes news about the European Forum for Science and Industry. This newsletter includes information on JRC activities related to industry needs, updates on innovative examples from science and industry as well as the announc ...

    23 March 2016

  13. Lung-deposited surface area concentration measurements in selected occupational and non-occupational environments

    Previous experimental and epidemiologic studies suggested that exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) may result in adverse health effects. Metrics such as the number-concentration and especially the surface-area or lung-deposited surface area (LDSA) appea ...

    01 April 2016

  14. Innovative analytical techniques for improved antimicrobial agents

    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 prob ...

    10 December 2015

  15. efsi_newsletter_63.pdf

    On a regular basis, the JRC publishes news about the European Forum for Science and Industry. This newsletter includes information on JRC activities related to industry needs, updates on innovative examples from science and industry as well as the announc application/pdf attached to:EFSI Newsletter Issue #63, March 2016

  16. JRC hosts international consortium meeting of ProSafe project (9-10 September 2015)

    09 Sep 2015 to 10 Sep 2015 Representatives of the Consortium members (11 organisations from 9 European countries, coordinated by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) and members of the international Strategic Policy Development Group ...

    11 September 2015

  17. Analysis of silver nanoparticles in chicken meat

    02 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 ...

    01 December 2015

  18. Method for the detection of nano silicon dioxide in tomato soup

    01 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 ...

    01 December 2015

  19. Detecting silver nanoparticles in consumer products

    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 milli ...

    13 November 2015

  20. Nanomaterials as a potential environmental pollutant: Overview of existing risk assessment methodologies

    The development and use of engineered nanomaterials is increasing rapidly and there are already a large number of consumer products containing nanomaterials. The possible release of nanomaterials from these products is still uncertain, as is their final fa ...

    05 March 2016

  21. Metal Oxides: Nanostructured Metal Oxides for Gas Sensing Applications

    Metal oxide sensors have been extensively developed over fifty years for the detection of toxic and inflammable gases. Progress in gas sensor technology has been possible due to the recognition that performance is closely related to grain size: crystallit ...

    04 March 2016

  22. Multimethod approach for the detection and characterisation of food-grade synthetic amorphous silica nanoparticles

    Synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) has been used as food additive under the code E551 for decades and the agrifood sector is considered a main exposure vector for humans and environment. However, there is still a lack of detailed methodologies for the deter ...

    25 February 2016

  23. Renewal of collaboration agreement between the CAIQ and the JRC

    20 Oct 2015 Today, 20 October, the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) renewed their collaborative research arrangement (CRA) at the EU Pavillon of EXPO 2015. The first coll ...

    20 October 2015

  24. Application of Asymmetric Flow Field-Flow Fractionation hyphenations for liposome–antimicrobial peptide interaction

    Asymmetric Flow Field-Flow Fractionation (AF4) combined with multidetector analysis form a promising technique in the field of nanoparticle characterization. This system is able to measure the dimensions and physicochemical properties of nanoparticles wit ...

    19 February 2016

  25. Determination of the structure and morphology of gold nanoparticle–HSA protein complexes

    We propose a simple method to determine the structure and morphology of nanoparticle protein complexes. By combining a separation method with online size measurements: density measurements and circular dichroism, we could identify the number of proteins b ...

    19 February 2016