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Nanomaterials Ecological Risk Assessment: A study of the long-term effects and risks of nanoscale Iron Oxide used in plastic composites in the aquatic environment

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Project "NanoERA" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DORSODURO 3246
postcode: 30123

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 180˙277 €
 EC max contribution 180˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-03   to  2017-07-02


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA IT (VENEZIA) coordinator 180˙277.00


 Project objective

The nanoform of Iron Oxide (n-Fe2O3) is a large-volume substance used in pigments. Nanoscale Fe2O3 pigments are used to a significant extent in consumer products such as household appliances made of coloured plastic composites. This application implies high probability of n-Fe2O3 release into the aquatic environment (especially during end-of-life processing of the plastics), where n-Fe2O3 may pose risks to freshwater and sediment organisms. Presently, very little is known about the biological interactions and the ecological risks of n-Fe2O3, as the available information addresses only short-term effects of pristine n-Fe2O3. Therefore, the goal of NanoERA is to develop concepts and methods, and to generate data to predict the long-term ecological effects and risks of n-Fe2O3 (fragments) released from end-of-life processing of a coloured plastic composite into the aquatic environment and to compare them to the pristine n-Fe2O3 used to produce the composite. In order to achieve this, the fellow will analyse how the physicochemical properties of the n-Fe2O3 (fragments) change in environmental (i.e. freshwater and sediment) and biological (cell culture) media and how these changes affect the biological interactions of these materials in aquatic organisms. The generated ecotoxicological effects data will be used to derive dose-response relationships and to quantitatively estimate the long-term ecological risks of the n-Fe2O3 (fragments). In the process of achieving the NanoERA scientific objectives the Marie Curie fellow will obtain training in transferable and technical skills. The fellow’s qualification match very well to the research programme, which promises that NanoERA will produce excellent scientific results, which will be broadly disseminated to achieve significant and long-lasting impact on the European objectives for safe and responsible nanoinnovation.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Chengfang Pang, Nicole Neubauer, Matthew Boyles, David Brown, Nilesh Kanase, Danail Hristozov, Teresa Fernandes, Vicki Stone, Wendel Wohlleben, Antonio Marcomini
Releases from transparent blue automobile coatings containing nanoscale copper phthalocyanine and their effects on J774 A1 macrophages
published pages: 75-83, ISSN: 2452-0748, DOI: 10.1016/j.impact.2017.06.002
NanoImpact 7 2019-07-24
2016 Chengfang Pang, Nicole Neubauer, Danail Hristozov, Antonio Marcomini, Wendel wolleben
The release of Nanoscale copper phthalocyanine from automobile coating and their transformation in environmental (freshwater) and biological (cell culture) media
published pages: 39, ISSN: , DOI:
Risk and Resilience: Viva la Revolución Society For Risk Analysis Annua 2019-07-24
2017 Chengfang Pang, Nicole Neubauer, Danail Hristozov, Antonio Marcomini, Wendel wolleben
Releases from transparent blue automobile coatings containing nanoscale copper phthalocyanine and their effects on macrophages
published pages: 41, ISSN: , DOI:
environmental quality through transdisciplinary collaboration SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meetin 2019-07-24

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