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APPLICATION PROCESS: INNOVATION PROJECTS
Candidates should provide a 50 to 200-word outline of an innovative idea or project related to nanomaterials which could be selected to serve as the basis for a group project in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship component of the school.
The idea or project can be expressed in terms of:
currently unmet needs in the fields of human health, agriculture, industry, etc. which could benefit from the development of innovative products and/or services involving nanomaterials;
the (re)deployment of an existing nanomaterial or nanotechnology in an innovative product or service
a technological development necessary to achieve a breakthrough in human health, agriculture, industry, etc.
a currently unavailable but potentially marketable product or service involving nanomaterials and/or nanotechnology
SaferNanoDesign is an interdisciplinary course addressing:
Session 1 - Nanomaterials and their life-cycle analysis
Learning outcomes: At the end of the session, students have a broad view of the nanotechnology market and the evolving regulatory framework. They gain knowledge on the surface reactivity and on the ‘nano-specific’ properties useful for diverse applications. They are trained on how to assess environmental impacts of nanomaterials using a life cycle assessment model. Finally, they have gained knowledge on how to develop nanomaterials and nanoproducts using a safer by design approach.
Session 2 - Nanomaterials transformation in the environment; Ecosystem and Human Exposure
Learning outcomes: At the end of this session, students will have gained an insight into Theoretical and practical understanding of nanomaterial reactivity and transformation in the environment; Knowledge of the different types of assays available to assess the impact of nanomaterial exposure at different levels (environment, organism, cell, molecule etc.)
Session 3 - Toxicology
Learning outcomes: At the end of the session, students will have a broad view of nowadays and future nanotoxicology. They will know the different types of assays available to assess the impact of nanomaterials exposure at the organism but also cellular and molecular levels. They will be trained on how to get and analyse omics data to perform gene ontology and pathway analysis. They will also become familiar with predictive toxicology via the Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP) and Effectopedia tool. Finally, the students will have gained knowledge on how to assess the biological response to nanomaterial exposure.