Project: Chemical and optical characterisation of nanomaterials in biological systems

Companies are increasingly using nanoscale materials and structures to overcome technical challenges and currently such materials can be found in over 1300 commercial products, from medical devices to cosmetics. However, there is concern over their widespread use. Nanomaterials pose a potential risk to human health as their properties change when they interact with biological systems, which alter their functionality and behaviour. For example, nanomaterials may become coated with proteins, which could influence how they interact with cells, or they could enter the bloodstream after being inhaled. However, these properties could also be put to good use, for example by coating nanomaterials with therapeutic proteins. This project will develop methods to characterise the physical, chemical and optical properties of nanomaterials in biological environments. It will develop a series of nanoparticle reference materials which will then be used to validate measurement methods and techniques for the benefits of the nanotechnology industry.

Acronym NEW03 Nano ChOp (Reference Number: NEW03)
Duration 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2015
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2011 - Health, SI Broader Scope and New Technologies

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 LGC Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission Partner Belgium
4 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
5 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
6 Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Hungary