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Perpetuus AM

Occupational exposure to nanomaterials is increasing and may impact upon human health in the short and long-term. Understanding the potential consequences of such exposure is crucial. An advanced in vitro approach will be adopted to elucidate the potential long-term human health impacts of nanomaterials. Partners: Perpetuus Ltd, Swansea University & University College Dublin.

The human health implications of exposure to nanomaterials being specifically manufactured for human-based applications has significantly increased in the last decade. Occupational exposure can be considered the primary source for human exposure to nanomaterials. Understanding the human exposure scenario and deducing how nanomaterial exposure in this scenario may impact upon human health in the short and long-term is crucial.

The aim of this project is to investigate, via specific biomonitoring studies, the exposure levels workers experience during a normal working day in an (nanomaterial) industrial setting. To then further relate this knowledge and understanding of worker exposure towards a safety screening approach of the nanomaterials produced by Perpetuus Ltd (e.g. graphene nanomaterials), an advanced in vitro approach will be adopted to elucidate the potential long-term human health impacts of nanomaterials.

Partners: Perpetuus Ltd, Swansea University and University College Dublin

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