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Latest research results on the effects of nanomaterials on humans and the environment: DaNa - knowledge base nanomaterials

: Marquardt, C.; Kühnel, D.; Richter, V.; Krug, H.F.; Mathes, B.; Steinbach, C.; Nau, K.

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Journal of physics. Conference series 429 (2013), No.1, Art. 012060, 8 pp.
ISSN: 1742-6588
ISSN: 1742-6596
International Conference on Safe Production and Use of Nanomaterials (nanoSAFE) <3, 2012, Grenoble>
Journal Article, Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IKTS ()
health care; knowledge based system; environmental toxicology; nanostructured material

Nanotechnology is considered one of the key technologies of the 21st century. The success of this fascinating technology is based on its versatility. It will bring about fundamental changes of basic research as well as of many sectors of industry and also of daily life from electronics to the health care system. However, consumers often miss reliable and understandable information on nanomaterials and all aspects of this versatile technology. A huge body of data on the potential hazards of nanoobjects towards human and environmental health already exists, but is either not easily accessible for a broad audience or presented unprocessable for nonexperts. But risk communication is an essential and thus integral component of risk management. For that purpose, the DaNa-Project aims at filling this gap by collecting and evaluating scientific results in an interdisciplinary approach with scientists from different research areas, such as human and environmental toxicology, biology, physics, chemistry, and sociology. Research findings from the field of human and environmental nanotoxicology are being prepared and presented together with material properties and possible applications for interested laymen and stakeholders. For the evaluation of literature a «Literature Criteria Checklist» has been developed as well as a Standard Operation Procedure template (SOP) based on careful scientific practice.