Risk assessment of nanomaterials is vital for our society

We build knowledge for a responsible use of nanotechnology.

The purpose of the program is to enable new risk assessment strategies. How can we ensure that new nanomaterials are not harmful for humans and the environment?

The program is interdisciplinary, with scientists from natural sciences, social sciences and medicine, in order to get an understanding of nanoparticle exposure. Collaboration also enables a broad dialogue with industrial stakeholders, legislators and the public.

The three case studies provide examples of applications of risk assessment methods, highly relevant for the industry and environmental problems. And the five work packages have different scientific tasks to achieve the goal of the program. 


"Unfortunately, far too often safety research lags substantially behind technological development driven by economic prospects. With our research, we hope to contribute to closing the gap."

Thomas Backhaus, Professor, University of Gothenburg


"Industry needs to prevent environmental hazards before taking new or modified nanomaterials into production. This program is the biggest academic research project on nanosafety to date in Sweden, and we are very excited to be a part of this project."

Bengt Fadeel, Professor, Karolinska institutet


"My entire research activities are focusing on nanoparticles and how they can be useful for us. It thus is natural and very important to also ask the question if and when they might be harmful."

Christoph Langhammer, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology

Case 1: Nanomaterials in road runoff

Case 3: Future nanomaterials

Case 2: Commercial nanoparticles

Our research - work packages

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