In June 2012 the FP7-funded SMART-NANO research project was launched. The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) forms part of the SMART-NANO consortium that will run for four years. The objective is to develop an innovative, cost-effective technology platform for the measurement of engineered nanoparticles in a wide range of products, biological systems or the environment. SMART-NANO stands for Sensitive MeAsuRemenT, detection, and identification of engineered NANOparticles. It is a SME-focused research project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. It aims at developing an innovative, cost-effective technology platform that provides a complete solution from sample-to-result for identification and measurement of engineered nanoparticles in complex matrices, such as cosmetics, food, biological systems, or the environment. The outcome of the project will be a miniaturised, modular, cartridge-based technology platform integrating all analytical steps needed for separation, detection, and quantification of engineered nanoparticles. The platform will provide the needed flexibility to target new applications in the fast moving field of nanotechnology with only minimal optimisation required. The research and development effort brings together 3 non-profit and 5 SME partners from 8 countries. The participants include: Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (Switzerland, Coordinator), JRC (Institute for Health and Consumer Protection), FeyeCon (Netherlands), Postnova Analytics (Germany), Avid Nano (United Kingdom), AHAVA (Israel), Ru?er Bokovi? Institute (Croatia), and ABICH (Italy). The JRC is leading the work package that will integrate all the different modules into the final measurement platform and will benchmark its performances on measuring engineered nanoparticles in different products. The 4-year project will receive 3.5 million EUR of EU funding.
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