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NanoRelease Consumer Products

NEWS AND UPDA​​TES

March 2014:
Task Group 2 published Kingston et al 2014 “Release Characteristics of Selected Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composites.” http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2013.11.042 
 
Task Group 1 released a final “monograph” version of their white paper Kaiser et al 2014 “Methods for the Measurement of Release of MWCNTs from MWCNT-Polymer Composites”
 
November 2013:  New from Environment International - Potential Release Scenarios for Carbon Nanotubes Used in Composites
Highlights
•    Exploring release helps to identify applications relevant for risk assessment.
•    Nine relevant release scenarios of CNT used in polymers are described in detail.
•    Significant CNT release during use of consumer products is unlikely in most cases.
•    Manufacturing and recycling are identified as prone to significant release. 
 
 
November 2013: New NanoRelease MWCNT publication now available! Download the Phase 2.5 Report--Comparison of Existing Studies of Release Measurement for MWCNT-Polymer Composites, which is from the forthcoming NanoRelease Consumer Products Monograph published by experts convened by RSIA.

March 2013: A Glossary of Common Terms has been developed for the project for the purpose of identifying what is meant by the ter​​ms as relevant to the project. The glossary entries are not meant to be taken as general definitive statements for these te​rms. This is an interim approved version, and will continue to be revised and added to as necessary.​

​DEVELOPING METHODS TO MEASURE RELEASE OF NANOMATE​RIALS FROM SOLID MATRICES

There is tremendous potential for nanotechnologies to create new materials and devices for use in medicine, electronics, energy production, cosmetics, packaging, food manufacturing, and many other fields. Governments and industry around the globe are investing billions into research to understand the possibilities and limits of these newer technologies. 

PURPOSE

The NanoRelease project will foster the safe development of nanomaterials by supporting development of methods to understand the release of nanomaterials used in products.

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide focus to broad policy debates by working through scenarios under which specific engineered nanomaterials might be released from products;
  • Examine the full life cycle of products that might act to release nanomaterials;
  • Catalogue and disseminate published and unpublished data and methods (that meet minimum criteria) used to evaluate release scenarios;
  • Develop “state of the science” reports about release measurement for the specific material types chosen that describe what is known and what research gaps exist; and
  • Enable improvements, standardization, and widespread use of methods by carrying out tests using reference nanomaterial-matrix and positive controls in a “round robin” or similar approach.

LEADERSHIP

WORK PLAN

The project consists of three phases with the following ultimate goals:
Phase 1: Nanomaterial Selection (completed)
    Phase 2: Methods Evaluation (in progress)
    Phase 3: Interlaboratory Studies​ (late 2013)
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    WHAT IS RSIA?
     
    This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Department of the Environment.

    Ce project a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du Gouvernement du Canada agissant par l'entremise du ministère fédéral de l'Environnement.​​​​​

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    NanoRelease and the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s Signature Initiative Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future

    The NanoRelease project supports the NNI Signature initiative on sustainable nanomanufacturing and other similar initiatives worldwide by developing broadly accepted methods for measuring release of multi-walled carbon nanotubes throughout the full life cycle of product uses. The development of such methods is a critical prerequisite to the design, prototype, and scale-up product formulations using sustainability evaluations that include full consideration of MWCNT release potential and its EHS implications.
     
    For further details on the NNI Signature initiative, please click here.
     
    New Documents for Comment Available
    The following documents are now available for comment.

    2011 Steering Committee Workshop Notes 

    Plan of Work for the Expert Process