Project Full Title: Framework to respond to regulatory needs of future nanomaterials and markets.
Project Acronym: FutureNanoNeeds.
Project Keywords: nano-objects, regulation, industry sectors, roadmap of future nanomaterials,
value chain, hazard, exposure, risk, communication.
Duration: from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2017 (4 years).
Acitivity Code: NMP.2013.1.3-3: Development of a systematic framework for naming and assessing safety of
the next generations of nanomaterials being developed for industrial applications.
Rapidly developing markets such as green construction, energy harvesting and storage, advanced materials for
aerospace, electronics, medical implants and environmental remediation are potential key application targets
for nanomaterials. There, nanotechnology has the potential to make qualitative improvements or indeed even
to enable the technology. Impacts range from increased efficiency of energy harvesting or storage batteries, to
radical improvements in mechanical properties for construction materials. In addition, concerns of these markets
such as scarcity of materials, cost, security of supply, and negative environmental impact of older products could
also be addressed by new nano-enabled materials (e.g. lighter aircraft use less fuel).
FutureNanoNeeds will develop a novel framework to enable naming, classification, hazard and environmental
impact assessment of the next generation nanomaterials prior to their widespread industrial use. It will uniquely
achieve this by integrating concepts and approaches from several well established contiguous domains, such
as phylontology and crystallography to develop a robust, versatile and adaptable naming approach, coupled
with a full assessment of all known biological protective responses as the basis for a decision tree for screening
potential impacts of nanomaterials at all stages of their lifecycle. Together, these tools will form the basis of a
“value chain” regulatory process which allows a each nanomaterial to be assessed for different applications
on the basis of available data and the specific exposure and life cycle concerns for that application. Exemplar
materials from emerging nano-industry sectors, such as energy, construction and agriculture will be evaluated
via this process as demonstrators. The FutureNanoNeeds consortium is uniquely placed to achieve this, on the
basis of expertise, positioning, open mindedness and a belief that new approaches are required.