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Monday, 16 January 2012

ICN to participate in QNano Transnational Access

The Transnational Access portion of the European Project QNano will provide nanoscience researchers with funded access to analytical services and equipment at fifteen top European facilities, including the ICN.

The call for Transnational Access, part of the EU-FP7 project QNano, has just opened. The programme will provide nanoscience researchers with funded access to analytical services and equipment at fifteen European research centres, including the ICN. The call closes on 31st January, 2012.

The Transnational Access component of the EU-FP7 project QNano is dedicated to providing the European nanosafety community with access to services and equipment for nanomaterials synthesis, processing, characterisation and exposure assessment located at major European research centres, known as Transnational Access Facilities (TAFs). It enables access to fifteen TAFs through a single application and evaluation process. A broad array of analytical services will be available, including various techniques in microscopy (AFM, TEM, SEM, confocal, etc.) and spectroscopy (XRD, and Z-potential, UV-Vis), as well as centrifugation and purification. The ICN is among the 15 TAFs participating in QNano. Through its Inorganic Nanoparticles Group, led by UAB and ICREA professor Victor Puntes, the ICN will be offering technical support in the synthesis and characterisation of diverse types of inorganic nanoparticles.

European research groups outside of QNano's current partners will be given priority, as will users working in fields related to nanoscience and nanosafety (materials science, biology, theenvironment and health).

The call for QNano Transnational Access closes on 31st January, 2012.

About QNano:

QNano is the European Union-fundedinfrastructure 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. Initially it will harness resources from across Europe and develop efficient, transparent and effective processes. Thereby, it will enable provision of services to its users, and the broader community, all in the context of a best-practice ethos. This will encourage evidence-based dialogue to prosper between all stakeholders. However, QNano will also pro-actively seek to drive, develop and promote the highest quality research and practices via its Joint Research Activities (JRA), Networking Activities (NA) and provision of Transnational Access (TA) functions, with a global perspective and mode of implementation.

QNano Transnational Access: information, and application procedureAvailable analytical equipmentThe QNano project