ACEnano - Analytical and Characterization Excellence

project duration: 01.01.2017 until 31.12.2020

Nanostructured materials are increasingly used in numerous products because of their unique properties. Risk assessment of such materials and products requires new nanomaterial safety concepts. One major challenge for nanomaterial safety assessment is the development of robust, cost efficient and reproducible analytical methods for the physicochemical characterization of nanomaterials. These analytical methods need to account for the enormous material diversity and dynamics of nanomaterials e.g. the presence of coatings and biological matrices. For selected analytical techniques ACEnano will develop tailored, reliable, cost efficient and reproducible methods. The methods will be organized in an integrated screening scheme which allows rational physicochemical material characterization. Further the project aims at organizing training workshops, develop data management tools as well as link nano ontology with analytical methodology.
The Department Analytics, the Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry and the ProVis Centre at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research develop analytical methods i) to characterize nanomaterial surfaces using ToF-SIMS and MALDI-ToF/MS and ii) to quantify nanomaterials in complex matrices using FFF-MALS-ICP/MS, sp-ICP-MS and LA-ICP/MS


Project team at the UFZ:
Department Analytics
Dr. Stephan Wagner (PI)
Dr. Oliver Lechtenfeld
Dr. Hans-Joachim Stärk
Konstantinos Giannopoulos

Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry
Dr. Hryhoriy Stryhanyuk (co-PI)
Pietro Benettoni (PhD student)
ProVIS - Centre for Chemical Microscopy

This project has received funding from European Union Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020) under grant agreement nº 720952