Nanosafety research - subareas

The overall objective is to increase our understanding on how nanotechnology applications affect the living world in production, manufacturing, handling, usage, disposal and recycling.
The research will provide tools for proactivity with respect to sustainability and risks in the development and design processes of novel materials based on nanotechnology.

From work place exposures to physiological effects

The largest risks of exposures to manufactured nano objects occur in work environments. We develop methods for assessment of “real world” exposure levels and properties of emitted particles, and explore how emitted particles are transformed in biological fluids. The biological effects are studied in cell systems and humans.

From molecular mechanisms to effects on living organisms

Nanostructures interact with biological molecules in all living organisms. We describe the structural and functional consequences, and how they connect to effects on higher systems and organisms. The aim is to develop models for prediction of biological effects, which in the end can be used for development of safer material.

From mode of action to environmental and societal impact

Existing methodologies for applying ecotoxicological theories to engineered nanomaterials are tested and developed. We attempt to predict and validate effects in a diversity of systems. The goal is to enable valid environmental risk assessments, ranging from cell to ecosystem scale.