Conference Proceeding

SUN project: An integrated approach for safer nanotechnology innovation

Dr. Danail Hristozov,
University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy

Dr. Danail Hristozov is a senior researcher at University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy. He is currently performing integrative research across the fields of risk assessment and governance of engineered nanomaterials as the principal investigator of the large-scale European research project SUN. Over the last years Danail contributed to several EU projects, including Calibrate, NanoFASE, MARINA, NANOforART, ENPRA, ITS-NANO, GLOCOM, ECONANOSOPRB and EPSEI, also as research staff of the private sector companies Venice Research Consortium and Veneto Nanotech. Before moving to Italy, Danail worked at Malsch Techno Valuation, a consultancy firm in the Netherlands, where he specialized in Technological Assessment of emerging technologies in the Observatory Nano and ICPC NanoNet projects. In his early years as a researcher, he was employed at the Chair of Industrial Sustainability of the Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany, where he studied the benefits and risks of engineered nano materials for the environment and the human health. In these projects Danail developed highly interdisciplinary research using methodological approaches and tools integrating knowledge from Occupational Hygiene, Consumer Safety, Industrial Sustainability, Sociology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Decision Science, Mathematics and Statistics. The high quality of his research results is highlighted by acceptance of his research papers (often as a first author) in high-ranking international journals. Danail has started initiatives to promote his research internationally and to transfer knowledge and skills to the new generations of researchers. Specifically, he founded the Working Group on “Training” and co-chairs the Working Group on “Risk” of the European NanoSafety Cluster. He also launched and currently co-chairs the Society for Risk Analysis Roundtable with the NanoSafety Cluster, which aims at advancing science and policy, training and education, information exchange and dissemination in the nano safety research area. He has been a member in the scientific programme committees of numerous conferences, workshops and training schools”.

Significant uncertainties around the environmental and health risks from manufactured nanomaterials (Title: MN) may result in stagnation of nanotechnology innovation. This has emphasized the need to manage risks at the design stage of MN in order to ensure their long-term sustainability. The new large-scale EU project Sustainable Nanotechnologies - SUN (http://www.sun-fp7.eu/) addresses this need by developing tools for safety by molecular and process design based on profound investigation of the long-term risks, release and exposure along the life cycle of real industrial products. The project aims to give clear answers to regulatory questions and open new possibilities for innovators to design greener nanotechnologies. This will be achieved through development and application of new methods and tools for prediction of exposure, effects and risks for humans and ecosystems and implementable practices for risk prevention and management in each product life cycle stage. This approach aims to protect innovation by providing data and prospective tools to streamline effective decision making about safer products and processes. In order to achieve this, SUN will develop a software-based risk management Decision Support System for practical use by industries and regulators. The industrial partners in the SUN consortium will evaluate and “reality-check” this system against their commercial products in terms of cost/benefit and insurance risk. This validation will culminate in guidelines for safe nano scale product and process design. This poster will summarise the achievements of SUN and will draw the roadmap for future developments in the field.

Published: 27 April 2017