Research on nanosafety is a driver of innovation as the spotlight in July has demonstrated. But furthermore, this research field is built on routine as well if researchers look for the “needle in the haystack”. In many areas the safety research initiates the development of new methods, e.g. for the determination of nanoparticles within exposed organisms via the high-resolution analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (HRSTEM) or helps with the establishment of reliable test guidelines. This and many more topics on body barriers or the immune system are combined in this cross...

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In September we would like to present a paper of the BMBF project Fe-Nanosit. The project dealt with the use of iron-containing nanomaterials in groundwater and wastewater remediation. A comprehensive assessment and weighing of benefits and possible environmental risks resulting from the application is now presented by the project partners in this paper.Groundwater is indispensable for the drinking water supply in many areas of the world. Therefore, contamination of groundwater with pollutants requires purification before drinking water can be produced from it. There are different methods...

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In August, we would like to present a paper of the German BMBF project nanoGRAVUR. nanoGRAVUR dealt from 2015-2018 with the grouping of nanostructured materials with regard to occupational safety, consumer and environmental protection and risk mitigation. The approach is now described by the project partners in this paper.Due to the variety of synthetic nanomaterials and the numerous modifications (differences in size, shape, chemical composition and surface functionalization), the effort required to investigate effects and behaviour within the framework of regulatory requirements is...

(c) Chen, C., Leong, D.T. and Lynch, I. (2020), Rethinking Nanosafety: Harnessing Progress and Driving Innovation. Small, 16: 2002503. DOI:10.1002/smll.202002503
Nanosafety is more than just a compulsory aspect of nanomaterials research and regulation. This research area also has great potential to drive new innovations. It is exactly this perspective that is addressed in the special issue "Rethinking Nanosafety: Harnessing Progress and Driving Innovation" by Chen et al. 2020.The article illustrates that especially in the field of biology and nanomedicine, safety assessment can contribute to a more fundamental mechanistic understanding of the interaction between nanomaterials and living systems. Innovations based on this can range from...

 

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