Nanotechnology is having an increasing impact in many industrial sectors and the use of nanoparticles is now widespread in an overwhelming number of fields, from paints, automotive components, consumer products (such as cosmetic sunscreens and anti-odorant) up to biology and medicine. It is estimated that 3 to 4 new products containing some form of nanomaterial enter the market every week and that by 2014 1.6 trillion Euros of manufactured goods will be based on nanotechnology. In response to the current increasing need for detection and analysis of nanoparticles, European industrials and academics have launched the EU-funded SMART-NANO project. The consortium's leading purpose of developing a technology platform for the measurement of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) could be the key tool in assessing the fate and potential safety risks of ENPs for example in cosmetic products.
The SMART-NANO project precisely aims at developing an innovative, cost-effective technology platform that provides total solution "from sample-to-result" for the detection, identification, and measurement of engineered nanoparticles in a wide range of matrices, as explained in the section "Project".