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Nanoparticles - invisible threat?

Oct 19, 2015 | RAINER KLOSE

The production of tiny particles and their industrial use is deemed a key technology of the 21st century. Nanoparticles revolutionize many applications – from industrial products such as sunscreens or waterproofing agents for wood all the way to therapeutics. However, their manufacture, usage and disposal can also harbor risks for humans and the environment. In order to pinpoint and minimize these hazards, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) launched the National Research Program “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64). The five-year interdisciplinary program is due to finish at the end of 2015. Empa is in charge of 5 of the 23 scientific Projects. We present them here.

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