Nanoplastic particles magnified hundreds of thousands of times under the scanning electron microscope

BAM conducts research into the characterisation and safe use of nanoparticles.

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Making the handling of nanomaterials safe

Nanomaterials have long been found in many everyday products, from cosmetics and clothing to electronic devices. Increasingly, they are also being used in new areas, such as medicines, additive manufacturing or sustainable energy storage. As additives and coatings, they improve the properties or functionality of products. The special properties of nanomaterials also determine their effect on humans and the environment. The size, chemical composition, shape and surface of the nanomaterials are important parameters for a safety-oriented classification of the materials.

In our competence centre nano@BAM we investigate how nanomaterials can be reliably and reproducibly synthesised, produced, characterised and safely used. To this end, we consider nanomaterials over their entire life cycle: from material development, production, processing and use to recycling or disposal.

Together with national and international research groups, we work on a variety of methods for the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials, and support toxicological investigations of the materials and their behaviour in the environment. We are also researching future areas of application for nanomaterials in order to be able to assess their risks and potential at an early stage and to develop and provide customised automated optimisation processes and methodologies for these materials.

In order to obtain robust data and carry out comprehensive safety assessments, nano reference materials and reference methods for characterisation are important. BAM develops nano test materials and nano reference materials with different properties and uses reference methods for their characterisation.

Our areas of expertise





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Our areas of expertise

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Selected projects

ACCORDs - Green deal inspired correlative imaging-based characterization for safety profiling of 2D materials

nPSize - Improved traceability chain of nanoparticle size measurements - EMPIR project

ACEnano - Analytical and Characterisation Excellence in nanomaterial risk assessment: A tiered approach

TG-PSD - OECD Test Guideline for the Sizing of Nanomaterials

iNano - Inverted core/shell nanocrystals: The future nanomaterial for the visualization of neuron activity

ISO-G-Scope - Standardisation of structural and chemical properties of graphene

NanoPlattform - Reference nanomaterials, reference procedures, reference data

PlasticsFatE - Plastics fate and effects on human health

Nanorigo - NANOtechnology RIsk GOvernance

NanoSolveIT – Innovative Nanoinformatics Models & Tools

Metves II - Standardisation of concentration measurements of extracellular vesicles for medical diagnoses

PowerElec - EURAMET project

ELENA - Electrical nanoscale metrology in industry

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