Nano Test, networking project

  • Hadrup, Niels (Project Manager)
  • Madsen, Charlotte Bernhard (Project Participant)
  • Larsen, Erik Huusfeldt (Project Participant)
  • Pedersen, Gitte Alsing (Project Participant)
  • Jensen, Gunde Egeskov (Project Participant)
  • Sørensen, Ilona Kryspin (Project Participant)
  • Petersen, Jens Højslev (Project Participant)
  • Binderup, Mona-Lise (Project Participant)

Project Details


Engineered and designed nanoparticles (NPs) may pose a potential risk to human health and to the environment. The availability of results from relevant and systematic cross-disciplinary research is poor. Physico-chemical characterization and quantification should be incorporated among other parameters. It is mandatory to gain systematic knowledge before we are able to assess risk to humans and to the environment.

The main purpose of this networking project is to establish a forum to gain and share such knowledge.

The division for Toxicology and Risk Assessment (div. T) has a more than thirty years tradition for toxicological advice and risk assessment based on own interdisciplinary research and is a national and international leader in these areas. The divison of Food Chemistry (div. K) has expert knowledge about chemical analyses in biological materials and testing of migration from food contact materials. Recently acquired knowledge includes studies of metal microparticulates and elemental speciation in food and biological matrices. Internally in the National Food Institute, div. T and K have established a thriving network that includes complimenting scientific skills useful in the cross-disciplinary area of nano research.

Div. T and K are establishing national and international networks, presently including Danish governmental institutions and universities, and private companies. For the time being a.o. The Danish Food Agency, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Aalborg University, University of Illinois, Risø National Laboratory, and DHI - Water and Environment are taking part. DFVF also is a member of two national nanotechnology networks: NaNet and iNANO.

This thriving network has initiated initiatives for research including physico-chemical characterization and quantification and in vitro testing and has planned in vivo investigations. We can offer collaboration with other institutions in EU countries or elsewhere.
Effective start/end date01/08/200830/07/2010