Centre of Technologies and Investigations of Nanomaterials (NAMUR+), 01.01.2017–31.12.2021
European Regional Development Fund projects No 2014‐2020.4.01.16‐0123.

Leader of the project: Tartu University, TU (Dr. V. Kisand). Partners: Tallinn University of Technology, TUT (Dr. M. Kauk-Kuusik) and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, NICPB (Dr. A. Kahru). The total cost of the project is 1 782 135 EUR, and share of NICPB is 270 000 EUR. Project self-financing is 5%.

Main participants in the project (NICPB): Dr. K. Kasemets, Dr. I. Blinova, and Dr. V. Aruoja

The main aim of the project NAMUR+ is to establish the Estonian Research Infrastructure Roadmap object, a centre of excellence for the nanomaterials research and development, and their safety assessment bringing together projects partners’ already existing high-technology equipment and the equipment to be purchased in the future purchased. The centre of the nanomaterials will provide the research and development service and cooperation to the research institutions and as well to the industry.

One aim of the project is to update the infrastructure of the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology, NICPB – the leading partner for the nanosafety evaluation. The nanosafety and bio-interactions studies are prerequisite for the development of the novel perspective nanomaterials for the different applications, including the biomedical ones.

Results of Project

High-tech equipment complexes that enable studies in nanomaterials bio-interactions and nanosafety will be procured and commissioned.

The project has already implemented the support-structure for the nano-eco-toxicity studies:  incubator with temperature- and illumination control, and stereo microscope system.

Equipment for in vitro toxicity and cell-particles interactions’ evaluation will be procured: light- and phase-contrast microscope for the visualization of mammalian cells, microplate-washer for the ELISA tests, and laser-scanning confocal microscope for the nanomaterials bio-interactions’ studies.

Qualified staff will be trained for the implementation of the high-tech equipment for the nanosafety and nano-bio-interaction research and development.


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