InnoMat.Life conference presents characterisation and testing methods for innovative, as yet little researched materials

Nanoparticles exist in many varieties, including lesser-known structures or hybrid compounds. So far, only a fraction of this abundance – simple nanoparticles – has been thoroughly researched. Now the InnoMat.Life project is presenting its findings on novel groups of materials. The public final conference will take place on June 27 and 28, 2022. The event at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is entitled “From Nano to Advanced Materials.” Here, interested parties from politics, science, NGOs and industry will learn about the current state of the art of safety research on advanced materials.

The conference concludes the three-year research project “Innovative materials and new production processes: Safety in the life cycle and industrial value added (InnoMat.Life).” The approach of the researchers, representing a total of ten institutions, introduces significant innovations compared with earlier approaches. The consortium, coordinated by PD Dr. Andrea Haase (BfR), examined complex material types and structures for the first time. “Whether these complex materials pose risks to humans and the environment has only been partially researched so far. Up to now, nanosafety research has focused mainly on simpler nanomaterials. This is changing now,” says the toxicologist.

For fibres, including nanofibres, InnoMat.Life is presenting novel test and assessment strategies. Another focus is on polymer microparticles, which are used in innovative production processes such as 3D printing. The new findings will benefit environmental, consumer and worker safety: In the future, it will be possible to avoid undesirable effects already during the material development phase.

The research project was enabled by funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. InnoMat.Life has brought together experts from science, public authorities and industry. They will now have ample opportunity to speak at the final conference – and to engage in discussion with interested members of the public.

About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. The BfR advises the Federal Government and the States (“Laender”) on questions of food, chemicals and product safety. The BfR conducts independent research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks. The BfR employs around 1,150 people at three locations in Berlin.

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