Access to top European nanoscience facilities is now open thanks to project QNano
Nano is a Research Infrastructure for nanosafety assessment. QNano’s core aim is the creation of a ‘neutral’ scientific & technical space in which all stakeholder groups can engage, develop, and share scientific best practice in the field. Naturally, NanoTOES and QNano complement in the big scheme of the development of nanosafety in Europe: one forming human resources for the future, the other offering technical resources for the present. In fact, in NanoTOES we stress to our future experts the need to develop optimal protocols for nanosafety all across Europe, with optimal meaning in particular standarized, transparent, robust and backed by the core community – an important aim of the QNano project.
NanoTOES is also committed to support and broadcast the QNano efforts to the outside community. Therefore we join them in announcing that the first call for Transnational Access is now open, being this a major opportunity for all researchers. The Transnational Access component provides access to nanomaterials synthesis, processing, characterisation and exposure assessment top facilities, to the whole European nanosafety community. It gives access to 15 major European research sites via a single application and evaluation process. This includes: microscopy techniques such as TEM, SEM, confocal, etc., X-ray diffraction, DLS and Z-potential, AFM, UV-vis spectroscopy, and centrifugation and purification methodologies – just to mention a few. The call is is now open till January 31st, giving priority to European research groups beyond the QNano partners, and also with special attention to users coming from different fields (such as materials science, biology, environment and health) in relation to nanoscience and nanosafety.