NANOSAFE 2014 conference in France features paper sponsored by ACC’s Nanotechnology Panel

A paper sponsored by the ACC Nanotechnology Panel was presented last week at the NANOSAFE 2014 conference in Grenoble, France.

The paper, “A Review and Perspective of Existing Research on the Release of Nanomaterials from Solid Nanocomposites,” is authored by Stephan Froggett of Froggett & Associates, Shaun Clancy of Evonik Corporation, Darrell Boverhof of The Dow Chemical Company, and Richard Canady of ILSI Research Foundation. The paper was published earlier this year in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology.

The authors reviewed 54 studies that investigate release from solid, non-food nanocomposites—conventional composite matrices with intentionally added nanomaterials—under five general scenarios: machining, weathering, washing, contact, and incineration. The authors found that nanocomposites subjected to those processes tended to release particles of the composite matrix with partially or fully embedded nanomaterials, not the discrete nanomaterials themselves. They call for the development and use of more consistent release characterization methodologies to better inform studies on occupational, consumer, and environmental exposure to nanomaterials released from nanocomposites.

Formed in 2005, the ACC Nanotechnology Panel is composed of companies with interests in the products and applications of nanotechnology. The Panel advocates for responsible development of nanotechnology, scientifically sound approaches to nanotechnology policy, and research on potential health and environmental issues associated with nanotechnology. Members have the opportunity to shape industry’s positions on issues related to nanotechnology and build relationships with other leaders in the field.

For more information about the ACC Nanotechnology Panel, please contact Jay West (

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