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Have your say in shaping the next generation of nanomaterials!

NANOfutures is involved in FutureNanoNeeds (, a project funded by the European Commission under FP7. It aims at developing a novel framework to enable naming, classification, hazard and environmental impact assessment of the next generation nanomaterials prior to their widespread industrial use.

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Improving nanotoxicological studies with focus on in vitro studies – Progress by the FNN project

Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing scientific fields of both research and industry.1,2 Its activity can be measured in terms of increase in research funding2,3, expected economic impact2,4 and emerging jobs4. The attractiveness of nanomaterials is mostly due to the enhancement of key properties of traditional materials by reducing their size to the nano-scale (about 1 – 100 nanometres) which results in new surface-related phenomena that can be exploited in many ways.  

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FutureNanoNeeds – Pioneering Hazard Assessment

Growing Importance of Emerging Nanomaterials: The last decade has seen the emergence of numerous nano-enabled devices (NED). Nano and small submicron particles are becoming more common in consumer goods as well as in industrial and public large-scale use. Industries impacted range from cosmetics and food to aerospace engineering.

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The Importance of Value Chains in Guiding the FNN Project

Toxicity of Familiar Materials: Some questions still exist within the nanosafety community about the toxicity of several familiar materials, notably concerns about the presence of acute toxicity for variants of titania, quantum dots and silver. Within the FutureNanoNeeds (FNN) infrastructure, we aim to address much of this uncertainty.

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FutureNanoNeeds (FNN) Annual Meeting

The second annual FutureNanoNeeds partner meeting took place on 10th and 11th of February 2016 at UCD campus Dublin.  More than 50 individuals actively involved in the project, and representing over 20 partner organisations, participated.

The two day meeting was chaired by Prof. Kenneth Dawson, project coordinator and Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI) at the School of Chemistry,

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FutureNanoNeeds Annual Meeting

Annual FNN meeting is to take place in UCD 26th and 27th 2015.

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FutureNanoNeeds Kick-Off Meeting

Centre for BioNano Interactions launches €7 million EU FP7 FutureNanoNeeds Project

On 9th January 2014, in one of his first official duties as UCD President, Professor Andrew Deeks, welcomed an audience of international guests to a two-day launch meeting of the €7 million EU FP7-funded project, FutureNanoNeeds,

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