A new European Commission (EC) seventh Framework Program (FP7) project has been approved, and will receive EURO 3.5 million of funding. The project, entitled SMART-NANO (Sensitive Measurement, Detection, and Identification of Engineered Nanoparticles in complex matrices), will be overseen by the Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM).
The project is intended to last for four years, and is 'aimed at developing a technology platform for the measurement of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs)'. SMART-NANO is expected to attract the interest of several industries, including cosmetics, as it hopes to develop 'an innovative, cost-effective solution for the detection, identification, and measurement of ENPs in a wide range of matrices'.
CSEM has stated that 'the biggest challenge that researchers face is to develop a technology platform that can used in a wide range of application scenarios, in fields ranging from food, to clothing and cosmetic products, with just minimal adjustments and optimizations for new applications'; it would seem that SMART-NANO was developed to address this issue.
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