Nanocarrier (NCI)

New research project on the risks of nanocarriers

Under the leadership of Dr. Bernd Giese, work began in September on the new project for the risk assessment of nanocarriers. The BOKU Institutes of Waste and Recycling Management and of Synthetic Bioarchitectures are also involved. Dr. Christina Hipfinger is responsible for the research work of the ISR. The three-year project is funded by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). During this time, the environmental risks of nanocarriers as the smallest synthetic carrier structures, which are mainly used in agriculture for pesticides and fertilizers and in medicine for the targeted administration of drugs, will be investigated. For particularly critical nanocarriers, test strategies are to be developed and implemented that enable an investigation of their environmental behavior and the possible release of the transported active ingredient under environmentally relevant conditions. In this way, the influence of the carriers on the change in the environmental behavior of active substances will be determined as an example and the implications for an appropriate evaluation of the environmental behavior in the context of risk assessment will be described in more detail. The results will help to adapt the guidelines for risk assessment of nanocarriers to the latest developments.

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