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» NANOSTRUC 2018 is now open for abstract submission!
Date: 06/11/2017

NANOSTRUC 2018 taking place in Berlin (Germany) on the 23-24th May 2018 is now open for abstract submission. All accepted Papers will be published in the IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and full papers solicited to a number of ISI Journals associated to NANOSTRUC 2018 Conference.
Like in previous conferences, the purpose of the International Conference on Structural Nano Composites (NANOSTRUC 2018) is to promote activities in various areas of materials and structures by providing a forum for exchange of ideas, presentation of technical achievements and discussion of future directions.
NANOSTRUC brings together an international community of experts to discuss the state-of-the-art, new research results, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications relevant to structural materials, engineering structures, nanocomposites, modelling and simulations, and their related application areas. For additional information, please contact James Njuguna (j.njuguna@rgu.ac.uk) or visit link.

» New articles published!
Date: 23/08/2017

Two new articles have been published describing the approaches implemented in the framework of SIRENA and efforts in the standardization of the evaluation of exposure associated to the life cycle of polymer nanocomposites. The articles describe the main outcomes of the team from the RGU in collaboration with VITO; on the one hand the experiments assessing the particle release during drilling processes on the epoxy resin containing Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nanofibres respectively are described and, on the other hand, the evaluation of the “filler effect” on emissions associated to the drilling of polyester nanocomposites, ie, how the presence or absence of nanosilica and/or nanoalumina modify such emissions. Please, go the Dissemination Materials section if you want to access the complete references.

» ISO/TS 12025:2012
Date: 22/02/2017

An article by Stintz and Göhler dated 2015, on the standardization needs in particle technology, refers that published studies regarding nano-object release into air lack from three key issues: a consistent terminology, standardized metrological procedures and the method for data evaluation. Thus, a quantitative comparison between the different studies is often difficult or impossible, if necessary parameters are missing. To fill this gap, ISO/TC 229/WG 2/PG 10 has developed the technical specification (TS) ISO/TS 12025:2012, which is a general framework for determining airborne release of nano-objects from nanostructured powders by means of aerosol analysis. The TS provides information on the methodology for nano-object release quantification that covers beside necessary measurands and process parameters also the presentation of measurement results by specific release numbers. ISO/TS 12025:2012 supports also standardization regarding nano-object release testing on nanocomposites, e.g. abrasion procedures lead to powdered wear prior a possible aerosolization. To date, no additional technical specifications have been published.

» NANOSTRUC 2016 Conference
Date: 31/08/2016

NANOSTRUC 2016 conference will take place in Aberdeen on 12-15 September 2016.
The purpose of the International Conference on Structural Nano Composites is to promote activities in various areas of materials and structures by providing a forum for exchange of ideas, presentation of technical achievements and discussion of future directions. NANOSTRUC brings together an international community of experts to discuss the state-of-the-art, new research results, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications relevant to structural materials, engineering structures, nanocomposites, modelling and simulations, and their related application areas. For additional information, please, visit: www.nanostruc.info

» The third newsletter of the project is now ready
Date: 10/03/2016

The third newsletter of SIRENA has now been released describing the most relevant outcomes of the project during the third and last year of implementation. The newsletter contains general information about the project and the development status of the preparatory, implementation, monitoring, networking and dissemination actions. SIRENA’s newsletter intends to communicate project’s results to stakeholders beyond the scientific community; which is particularly relevant for nanotechnology research as a Key Enabling Technology but also for its potential societal, environmental and health implications.

» SIRENA LIFE Project Final Workshop – Registration site now available
Date: 29/10/2015

The final workshop of the SIRENA LIFE Project is scheduled to be celebrated on the 2nd December 2015, at the headquarters of the National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSHT), in Madrid. It is being jointly organized by the LIFE funded projects REACHnano (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000549), SIRENA (LIFE 11 ENV/ES/000596) and ECOTEXNANO (LIFE12ENV/ES/000667) and the FP7 project GUIDEnano (FPT-LARGE_G.A. 604387). The workshop program focusses on the main progress and outcomes of the referred EU funded projects. These projects provide scientific based solutions to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials on a regulatory basis, including critical issues such as life cycle assessment, environmental, occupational and consumer exposure to ENMs and environmental release. The final program is available on the next link. Please, use the next link to register to the workshop.

» SIRENA LIFE Project’s Final Meeting and Workshop
Date: 15/10/2015

The final workshop of the SIRENA LIFE Project is scheduled to be celebrated on the 2nd December 2015, at the headquarters of the National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSHT), in Madrid. The event will be organized jointly with other LIFE projects coordinated at national level in the area of safety and environmental impact of engineered nanomaterials, specifically REACHNano and ECOTEXNANO LIFE Projects. As soon as the indicative program of the event is available it will be disseminated through the appropriate channels. The final meeting of the project is expected to be organized in an overlapping manner with the present event, thus benefiting from the fact that project beneficiaries will participate to the final workshop.

» SIRENA LIFE Project’s participation in the 7th International Symposium on Nanotechnology: Occupational and Environmental Health
Date: 15/10/2015

The 7th International Symposium on Nanotechnology Occupational and Environmental Health (NanoEH) will take part in South Africa from the 18th to the 22nd October 2015. The SIRENA LIFE Project will be represented by the Robert Gordon University which will introduce the outcomes of the project in two presentations: The Effect of Graphene Oxide on Nanoparticle Release from Reinforced Epoxy Nanocomposites during Drilling and The Effect of Drilling on Nanoparticles Release from Silica and Alumina Reinforced Polyester Nanocomposites, both by Starost K., Frijns E., Van Laer J., Faisal N., Blazquez M. & Njuguna J. The symposium addresses, amongst other, research studies concerning the release of nanomaterials into the working environment and the release of nanomaterials into the environment from workplaces and from consumer goods, which are clearly aligned with the areas of interest of SIRENA. Furthermore, a panel of experts of international relevance will actively participate in the event which makes it an appropriate forum for networking purposes.

» SIRENA’s Poster presentation at QualityNano Conference and Training Workshop
Date: 22/07/2015

A poster presenting some of the outcomes of SIRENA has been displayed in the QualityNano final conference, taking place on the 15th to the 17th July 2015 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. The Robert Gordon University has presented the work done in the emission chamber at VITO’s, where different samples (both SIRENA and from a different origin) have been drilled in order to evaluate nanoparticle release and so that the data obtained can be compared with those obtained by Cranfield University. The work done is key to set a basis with standardization purposes and so that a scientific consensus on how to assess nano-release is achieved. The poster displayed is available on the next link: http://www.life-sirena.com/pdf/QNano_poster.pdf.

» The SIRENA LIFE Project is part of the 2015 Edition of the Nanosafety Compendium
Date: 30/06/2015

As in the 2014 Edition, the updated version of the Nanosafety Compendium dated 2015 includes the SIRENA-LIFE Project. The document describes project’s objectives, work plan and most relevant outcomes to date. The Nanosafety Compendium is yearly updated with new projects being implemented in the area of Nanosafety. In this edition only SIRENA funded by LIFE has been included. For accessing the complete file, please go to next link

» Sweden to develop a Nanomaterial Registry
Date: 29/05/2015

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has been tasked with the designing of a national nanomaterial register in Sweden. Upon the request of the Swedish Ministry of the Environment KEMI is drafting a proposal for a register and conducting an impact assessment. KEMI intends to finalise this process by 1 December 2015. In 2013, the Swedish authorities had already advocated the creation of register in its National Action Plan for the safe use and handling of Nanomaterials. The Swedish government´s decision has come shortly after the European Commission told member states that an EU register was not an appropriate way to provide consumers with relevant information on nanomaterials. National nanomaterials registers already exist in France and Denmark, and Belgium´s comes into effect, later this year.

» The SIRENA-LIFE Project will be presented within the SENN 2015 Conference
Date: 09/04/2015

The SIRENA-LIFE Project will introduce the work done on the harmonization of release testing methods, mechanically induced releases and emissions with relevance to worker and consumer exposure within the SENN 2015 Conference. To this aim, a specific workshop dedicated to the release of nanomaterials and available test methods has been organized on Wednesday, 15th April 2015 from 10.00‐11.30h. The workshop, organized by the European Project MARINA, will include presentations and discussions encompassing a framework on release and its link to exposure scenarios and assessments, and workplace and material safety and will count with representatives of additional European Projects (SUN and DustiNano, amongst other).

» The SIRENA-LIFE Project will be present in the British Science Week
Date: 04/03/2015

On the 17th March, a dedicated session entitled Public perception of nanosafety – what do you need to know? will be held within the British Science Week in Aberdeen. In this session, the Robert Gordon University will introduce the key motivations of the SIRENA-LIFE Project while providing a general outline of the project’s objectives. The British Science Week (BSW) is the UK’s annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, led by the British Science Association. The programme has events for people of all ages and interests including talks and activity days taking place from the 13th to the 22nd of March around Aberdeen. For additional information, please use the next link: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/nsew

» The second NEWSLETTER of SIRENA is now ready
Date: 26/02/2015

The second newsletter of SIRENA has now been released describing the most relevant outcomes of the project during the second year of implementation. The newsletter contains general information about the project and the development status of the preparatory, implementation, monitoring, networking and dissemination actions. SIRENA’s newsletter intends to communicate project’s results to stakeholders beyond the scientific community; which is particularly relevant for nanotechnology research as a Key Enabling Technology but also for its potential societal, environmental and health implications.

» SIRENA’S networking actions with CSIRO
Date: 19/01/2015

The impact of SIRENA goes beyond Europe, as evidenced by the collaboration established with the CSIRO, acronym of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and corresponding to Australia’s national science agency. This entity has a prototype for aerosol generation, measurement and analysis. Within present collaboration the complete set of polypropylene samples was delivered to the CSIRO, which milled the specimens in a controlled environment. The results obtained are actually being evaluated in order to assess possible convergences of the results obtained within SIRENA both by CRANFIELD and RGU.

» SIRENA’S collaboration with VITO
Date: 23/12/2014

The Robert Gordon University is using the Indoor Nano Aerosol Exposure Test Chamber available at VITO for the assessment of particle release via drilling. The use of the Indoor Nano Aerosol Exposure Test Chamber will allow comparing the outcomes of the prototypes developed within SIRENA with the results obtained in other facilities. Furthermore, operational issues related to the repeatability and transferability of the developed protocols will be assessed (for the same samples, the same mechanical degradation process –drilling- is conducted in a different facility). Finally, this approach will allow establishing collaborations for future works in the field of the exposure assessment to nanomaterials. This collaboration has been established by means of a Transnational Access to the QualityNano research infrastructure.

» SIRENA LIFE Project at the ECHA
Date: 26/11/2014

The SIRENA LIFE Project was present in the Topical Scientific Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials organized by the ECHA on the 23-24 October 2014 in Helsinki. Within this framework a poster jointly prepared by Cranfield University and Inkoa Sistemas was presented and personnel of Inkoa attended the discussions on the challenges from the regulatory perspective for nanomaterials. The anticipated outcome of workshop was early emergence of new and/or improved approaches in the context of risk assessment of nanomaterials. The outcome of the workshop clearly matched the expectations and its output will form a cornerstone in the guidance developments for the implementation of the REACH, CLP and Biocidal Products Regulations. For additional information on the workshop, please, use this link

» NANOSOLUTIONS and SIRENA
Date: 28/10/2014

The NANOSOLUTIONS project aims at identifying and elaborating those characteristics of ENMs that determine their biological hazard potential by providing a means to develop a safety classification of ENMs. Within this framework relevance is given to the life cycle assessment (LCA) of nanotechnology enabled products. For the LCA work different products containing these materials have been identified and obtained: the potential release of ENM associated to the life cycle stages of these products has been evaluated prioritizing usage and end of life. The knowledge generated within SIRENA represents a relevant step forward for the achievement of the NANOSOLUTIONS goals. This short animation film provides for additional information on the NANOSOLUTIONS project: animation

» SIRENA in the IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Date: 02/09/2014

As an outcome of the second international conference on structural nanocomposites -NANOSTRUC 2014- a series of articles have been published in the IOP Conference Series: Materials & Engineering (Volume 64). Some results of the SIRENA LIFE Project, which also supported the organization of present event, are included in the articles cited next: On the experimental approaches for the assessment of the release of engineered nanomaterials from nanocomposites by physical degradation processes (M Blázquez, A Egizabal and I Unzueta) and A review on the effect of mechanical drilling on polymer nanocomposites (K Starost and J Njuguna). For additional information, please use this link

» SIRENA will be present in the NANOSAFE 14 Conference
Date: 24/07/2014

The Fourth International Conference NANOSAFE 2014 will be held from 18th to 20th November 2014 in Minatec, Grenoble, France. The SIRENA LIFE Project will be represented in this conference having submitted two abstracts: the experimental set-up in order to measure airborne particles released during drilling of nanocomposites in a controlled environment as well as the TSS being implemented within the project and main outcomes in relation to the mechanical degradation of nanocomposites for nano-release assessment will be presented. For additional information on the conference, please, visit this link

» The NNI 2011 EHS Research Strategy addresses the development of measurement tools for the evaluation of release mechanisms of ENMs
Date: 02/07/2014

The progress review on the implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health and Safety research strategy by the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology refers that NIOSH and NIST have generated protocols and data on the release of ENMs, classifying release mechanisms as: incineration, mechanical degradation, photo-induced and hydrolytic degradation and consumer interacting such as spraying ENMs and mouthing and swallowing nanotechnology-enabled products (NEPs). The research interests at international level are, thus, aligned with the objectives of SIRENA; it can be expected that the outcomes of SIRENA will benefit the scientific and regulatory community at worldwide level. For additional information on the NN1 2011 EHS implementation status please use this link

» The SIRENA LIFE Project is part of the 2014 Edition of the Nanosafety Compendium
Date: 16/06/2014

In line with project’s adhesion to the Nanosafety Cluster, a description of the approach of SIRENA is now included in the 2014 Edition of the Nanosafety Compendium. The document describes project’s objectives, work plan and most relevant outcomes to date. The Nanosafety Compendium is yearly updated with new projects being implemented in the area of Nanosafety. In this edition only two projects funded by LIFE have been included. For accessing the complete file, please go to next link

» RGU Joins SIRENA
Date: 04/06/2014

Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen is now participating in SIRENA. James Njuguna, formerly working in Cranfield University has moved to RGU: as key project staff, his participation in SIRENA has been maintained by bringing in a new project participant. The participation of RGU in SIRENA ensures the quality and continuity of Project deliverables in timely manner but, furthermore, the accession of RGU adds value to the project outputs especially in co-relation studies. For additional information about Robert Gordon University, please visit: http://www.rgu.ac.uk

» SIRENA’s first International Workshop
Date: 08/05/2014

SIRENA is holding a workshop on the 21st May in a special session within the International Conference on Structural Nanocomposites – NANOSTRUC 2014. Chosen venue is the Institute of Physical Chemistry "Rocasolano" (IQFR) in Madrid. Within this framework, the most relevant outcomes of the project to date will be disseminated providing an insight on the benefits of the use of nanomaterials in the plastics industry, the regulatory framework for nanocomposites and best practices in nanomaterials risk assessment. Please visit www.nanostruc.info for the latest update on the workshop program and registration.

» The SIRENA LIFE Project is cited on Health and Environmental Safety of Nanomaterials
Date: 09/04/2014

Health and Environmental Safety of Nanomaterials - Polymer Nancomposites and Other Materials Containing Nanoparticles is a book that has been released by Woodhead Publishing on January 2014. This publication addresses concerns about the impact of nanomaterials on the environment and human health, and examines the safety of specific nanomaterials. The text covers sampling techniques and data analysis methods used to assess nanoparticle exposure, as well as protocols for testing the safety of polymer nanocomposites highlighting the SIRENA LIFE Project as a reference. For additional information, please, use this link

» Project Meeting in Cranfield
Date: 03/03/2014

SIRENA’s team met on the 27th February in Cranfield so that outcomes of the project to date were discussed and plans for future actions were jointly agreed. The meeting included a visit to the facilities in the University that will be used in the implementation of the project, in detail the drop impact tower and additional facilities ordinarily used for the assessment of the performance of materials used, mainly, in the automotive sector.

» The first NEWSLETTER of SIRENA is now ready
Date: 30/01/2014

The first newsletter of SIRENA has now been released describing the most relevant outcomes of the project during one year implementation. The newsletter contains general information about the project and the development status of the preliminary, implementation, monitoring and dissemination actions. SIRENA’s newsletter intends to communicate project’s results to stakeholders beyond the scientific community; which is particularly relevant for nanotechnology research as a Key Enabling Technology but also for its potential societal, environmental and health implications.

» First Set of Materials is ready
Date: 20/12/2013

The first set of nanocomposites of polyester matrix, chosen as representative of the eolic industrial sector, has already been manufactured by TECNALIA and is actually being tested in CARNFIELD UNIVERSITY for the assessment of the need of adaptations in existing test chambers and developed protocols. In detail, polyester matrix has been loaded with a small weight percentage of metallic oxides at nanometer scale (SiO2 and Al2O3). Additional test specimens of matrixes will be manufactured soon for nanorelease simulation throughout their life cycle.

» SIRENA’s major dissemination actions
Date: 27/11/2013

SIRENA has been presented by TECNALIA in the Nanosafety 2013 international conference taking place in Saarbrücken (Germany). Additionally, SIRENA has been introduced by CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY in a presentation conducted in the frame of the Professional Motorsport World Expo 2013, held in Cologne (Germany). Finally, SIRENA has been referred in the first Nanosafety Cluster Newsletter, where basic data of the project have been included. For up to date information on the dissemination actions carried out in the frame of SIRENA, please visit corresponding section on the web page.

» Relevant updates on SIRENA’S website
Date: 24/10/2013

The Technological Surveillance System is now available from SIRENA’s website: references related to the areas of interest of the project have been classified into five major topics and can be accessed upon registration. For additional information, please visit the TSS section. Additionally, the progress of the project has been updated for actions implemented from January to August 2013. For additional information, please visit the update of the progress section. Finally, a detailed list of dissemination actions and supporting materials has been included here.

» SIRENA has joined the NANOSAFETY CLUSTER
Date: 09/09/2013

The SIRENA LIFE Project has now joined the NANOSAFETY CLUSTER, a DG RTD NMP initiative to maximise the synergies between the existing projects addressing all aspects of nanosafety including toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation. The SIRENA LIFE Project has therefore become the first project funded by LIFE that adheres to present initiative so that most relevant stakeholders in the area of nanosafety belonging to the cluster can benefit from project’s milestones and outputs.
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» SIRENA is presented in the Industrial Forum of IMAGINENANO 2013
Date: 11/07/2013

The Nanobasque Agency invited INKOA to present the companie’s activities in the area of Life Cycle Assessment of Nanomaterials in the frame of a conference organiced for the introduction of EHS Advance. EHS-ADVANCE is an initiative of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community (region) that sets out to provide industry with a service and support in the areas relating to the Environment, Health and Safety whenever nanotechnologies are incorporated into its products and processes. Within this framework, the main objectives and expected results of SIRENA were presented to the audience that included industrial stakeholders, relevant agents of the research community and legislators and standardiation bodies.

» Sirena project has kicked off
Date: 25/06/2013

On the 21st February 2013 SIRENA Project Participants met together in San Sebastian for the first general meeting of this LIFE project. During the meeting issues of technical nature were discussed including the best approaches to simulate the release of nanomaterials from consumer products considering the plastic matrix where those are embedded. Due to the fact that some of the partners are not yet familiar with LIFE+ funding scheme, the project management plan, drafted according to common provisions, was also reviewed. The meeting ended with a visit to the nancomposites manufacturing plant in TECNALIA where the main equipment that will be used in the project was detailed, such as the twin screw extruder for thermoplastic polymer nanocomposites compounding.