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HINAMOX - Health Impact of Engineered Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles: Response, Bioimaging and Distribution at Cellular and Body Level

Understanding the safety, environmental and human health implications of nanomaterials and nanotechnology based materials and products, is an issue of paramount importance for Europe and the rest of the world.

This understanding is required both for future assessments of the safety of nano-based products, and to achieve greater public acceptance of nanotechnology and public aware¬ness of the overall benefits that nanotechnology can bring. This is a strong prerequisite for the future successful development and benefit of nanotechnology products.

The HINAMOX project focuses on metal and metal oxide NPs as potentially dangerous to biological organisms. Metal oxide and metal NPs are widely used in various industrial processes and common products. Some examples of these are TiO2 and ZnO as catalysts and UV protectors, CuO in anti-fouling paints, Al2O3 as a surface protector, CeO2 in polishing, indium-tin oxides forming anti-electrostatic coatings and various rare earth oxides in electronics manufacturing. The above mentioned industrial applications highlight the technological and economical importance of these NPs spanning the chemical industry, cosmetic industry, paint industry, electronics manufacturing industry and waste treatment.

The central objective of HINAMOX is an in-depth study of the cytological and organismic responses (health effects) to catalytic metal/metal oxide.

Read more here or at the project websitet www.hinamox.eu

 07.01.2013
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