Sustainable Nanotechnologies Project


The SUN project aims to evaluate environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks along the whole life cycle of manufactured nanomaterials and will implement the results into tools and guidelines for sustainable manufacturing. We aim to develop:

  • Methods to predict nanomaterial exposure and effects on human beings and ecosystems,
  • process adjustments to reduce hazard and exposure to nanomaterials in different lifecycle stages,
  • technological solutions for risk management in industrial settings,
  • guidance on best-practices for ensuring both nanomanufacturing processes and their ENM fate, including development of approaches for safe disposal and recycling, and
  • decision support tools that integrate the gained know-how in the project within a decision science framework to support industry, regulators and the insurance sector to make technically and regulative informed decisions about nanotechnologies.
Universität Bremen is work package leader of the WP2 "Lifecycle Thinking" with the following objectives:
  • prospective mapping of hot spots releases of nanomaterials during their entire life cycle,
  • develop a life cycle model for nanoproducts and for manufactured nanomaterials,
  • assess the environmental impacts arising from each lifecycle stage of the SUN case studies,
  • compare the LCA results for the SUN case studies to conventional products with similar uses and functionalities, and
  • develop and validate criteria and guiding principles for green nanomanufacturing and for setting environmental quality targets.
SUN has been launched on 1st October 2013 and will continue for 42 months, bringing together 35 partners from 12 EU countries with a total budget of about 14 million EUR (Grant agreement no: 604305).

Information provided by Michael Steinfeldt and Henning Wigger at UniHB.

Further information can be obtained from the following webpage: