Timeline and work progress

NANODEVICE project started on the 1st of April, 2009 and will last 48 months. The work executed within the project is divided into six subprojects with together 21 work packages, which include all technical developments from characterisation, specification to demonstration as well as administrative tasks. The picture below shows the different subprojects and workpackages and their interdependencies.

The related subprojects and workpackages are as follows:

SP1: Characterizatiom
With only one work package (WP1). It includes synthesis and characterization of produced engineered nanoparticles (ENP) and those purchased from commercial sources, and feeds information to all other SPs and WPs.

SP2: Physical, chemical and toxigological properties
Notably physical, chemical and toxicological properties provides justification for the need to develop the nanomonitors (SP4) through providing physico-chemical characteristics (SP1/WP1), through morphological characterization (SP2/WP2), through non-imaging techniques (SP2/WP3); and through toxicological characterization (SP2/WP4). This SP uses data from SP1 and feeds information to all the rest of the SPs and WPs of the project.

SP3: Production, use and exposure
Contains WP5 and provides information on production, use and exposure to ENP and feeds this information to the SP4, SP5 and SP6. The crucial goal of this SP/WP is to provide information on the processes in ENP production and applications of NT and to provide information on realistic exposure levels in the occupational setting as this information is crucial for optimizing the functional characteristics of the preprototype nanomonitors, their testing and dissemination and exploitation. In essence this SP/WP feeds also to the earlier SPs/WPs providing information on the true exposure context.

SP4: Device development
Contains seven WPs (WP6-WP12) aiming at developing of portable easy-to-use different preprototype devices for detecting and assessing concentrations of ENP in aerosols in real life occupational settings thus using data from earlier SPs/WPs and feeding to the later ones.

SP5: Calibration and testing
Consists of WP13 and WP14 dealing with testing and calibration in the laboratory and with testing in the field being the ultimate test for the functionality and field worthiness of the preprototypes developed within the project. So this SP is essential in evaluating the quality of the development of the preprototype devices, and it feeds information back to the SP4 and to SP6, i.e. the dissemination and exploitation WPs 15-21.

SP6: Adaptation, validation and dissemination
Uses the information from all the other SPs/WPs and makes most of the data generated in the earlier stages of the project to disseminate the generated novel information and to assure maximum impact in the field, i.e. to assure that different target group can utilize the devices in improving safety at workplaces where ENP or NT are used. The other goal is to provide support to the regulators and have a positive impact on industry, especially SME's. Producing a nanosafety handbook, establishing an Annual Forum for Nanosafety and organizing an International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies all aim to effectively disseminate the valuable information on the importance of safety of ENP and safe NT. The mobility program within the project aims at maximizing networking and collaborating within the project and to increase its effectiveness and impact.