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Posted: May 17, 2013
EC-funded NanoSustain publishes four nanotechnology case studies
(Nanowerk News) NanoSustain, a €2.5 million NMP small collaborative project (2010-2013) funded by the European Union under FP7, has published a fact sheet and four case studies addressing these issues.
How do nanotechnology-based products impact human health and the environment?
Can they be recycled?
Can they be safely disposed of?
How can you find out?
To answer these questions, the EC-funded NanoSustain project has been developing new sustainable solutions through an investigation of the life-cycle of nanotechnology-based products, in particular the physical and chemical characteristics of materials, hazard and exposure aspects, and end-of-life disposal or recycling to determine the fate and impact of nanomaterials.
A NanoSustain Factsheet is now available together with four Case Studies which provide the following information:
A summary of the different materials and products tested within NanoSustain:
Case Study #1: Titanium dioxide for paints
Case Study #2: Zinc oxide for glazing products
Case Study #3: Carbon nanotubes epoxy resins for plastics - for structural or electrical/antistatic applications
Case Study #4: Nanocellulose for advanced paper applications
Information about the individual experimental approaches
Descriptions of the different techniques developed
How these techniques have been successfully applied in physical-chemical characterisation; life-cycle analysis; final disposal; recycling