NEWS AND UPDATES
November 2013: New from Environment International - Potential Release Scenarios for Carbon Nanotubes Used in Composites
• 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.
March 2013: A Glossary of Common Terms has been developed for the project for the purpose of identifying what is meant by the terms as relevant to the project. The glossary entries are not meant to be taken as general definitive statements for these terms. This is an interim approved version, and will continue to be revised and added to as necessary.
DEVELOPING METHODS TO MEASURE RELEASE OF NANOMATERIALS 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.
The NanoRelease project will foster the safe development of nanomaterials by supporting development of methods to understand the release of nanomaterials used in products.
- 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- Catalogue and disseminate published and unpublished data and methods (that meet minimum criteria) used to evaluate release scenarios;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.
The project consists of three phases with the following ultimate goals: