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Data on Nanoparticles Reported by Researchers at Institute of Technology Assessment

June 20, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- New research on Nanoparticles is the subject of a report. According to news reporting out of Vienna, Austria, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "In order to calculate the dose for nanoparticles (NP), (i) relevant information about the dose metrics and (ii) a proper dose concept are crucial. Since the appropriate metrics for NP toxicity are yet to be elaborated, a general dose calculation model for nanomaterials is not available."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Institute of Technology Assessment, "Here we propose how to develop a dose assessment model for NP in analogy to the radiation protection dose calculation, introducing the so-called 'deposited and the equivalent dose'. As a dose metric we propose the total deposited NP surface area (SA), which has been shown frequently to determine toxicological responses e.g. of lung tissue. The deposited NP dose is proportional to the total surface area of deposited NP per tissue mass, and takes into account primary and agglomerated NP. By using several weighting factors the equivalent dose additionally takes into account various physico-chemical properties of the NP which are influencing the biological responses. These weighting factors consider the specific surface area, the surface textures, the zeta-potential as a measure for surface charge, the particle morphology such as the shape and the length-to-diameter ratio (aspect ratio), the band gap energy levels of metal and metal oxide NP, and the particle dissolution rate."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Furthermore, we discuss how these weighting factors influence the equivalent dose of the deposited NP."

For more information on this research see: Metrics, dose, and dose concept: the need for a proper dose concept in the risk assessment of nanoparticles. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2014;11(4):4026-48 (see also Nanoparticles).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Simko, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Strohgasse 45, Vienna 1030, Austria. Additional authors for this research include D. Nosske and W.G Kreyling.

Keywords for this news article include: Vienna, Europe, Austria, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies.

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Source: Health & Medicine Week

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