Management and prevention of a potential risk

Nanotechnologies give access to new and interesting properties of materials. Applications or potential applications of nanomaterials are today very numerous in research, industrial processes but also everyday life. As a consequence, impact on health and safety of those new substances becomes important. Indeed, assessment on life cycle analysis is a key element of development. This course presents the current knowledge and research regarding the potential risks associated to the development of nanotechnologies, organized around 3 axes:

  • Toxicology and ecotoxicology current knowledge, thanks to presentation of latest scientific studies on the subject,
  • occupationnal potential risks : how to manage an emerging risk ? what’s mandatory ? what kind of metrology can we use ? what are the best practices in order to prevent impact on health and environment ?
  • social perception of nanotechnologies over the world and over different cultures.

1. Presentation of definitions and applications of nano-objects
International definitions in place, current environement, examples of emissions in different economic activities, field of applications (environment, energy, communication, health, everyday life, …)
2. Nanotoxicology and ecotoxicology
     What’s known , what’s going on ? what are the barriers of knowledge ?
     Key elements for a critical and objective reading of scientific edited publications.
3. Metrology :
      Behavior of nano-objects in the air
      Technologies and devices for nano-metrology, possibilities and limits
       Use of devices during a practical session
4. Regulations or recommandations available
5. Preventing measures: best practices available, as currently deployed in different organisms or industries

Published on April 11, 2019
Updated on April 23, 2021