The semiconductor industry uses a growing variety of materials, as companies seek to further improve devices’ performance to meet increasing market demand in a constant process of innovation. Understanding properties of these innovative materials and nanoforms, and how they behave in living systems, such as the human body, often comes years after the materials have been adopted. Such an inherent uncertainty  brings about multiple challenges in the governance of the occupational and environmental risks. This is a common challenge of many technology-intensive sectors, which requires a systematic risk reduction approach.

The goal of the NanoStreeM project is to promote good practices by identifying and implementing standards, identify gaps in methodologies and directions for further investigations in order to support governance of the occupational risk induced by the use of nanomaterials in semiconductor industry. The NanoStreeM consortium combines unique expertise throughout the research and development chain: from the academic labs via technology development through semiconductor application side. We aim to identify all cases of concern and propose a systematic strategy of prioritization and management of risk. The consortium combines the expertise of the industry and research organizations in material science, toxicology, environmental science and occupational medicine, providing a critical mass for a coordinated action on a European scale.

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Public project information:  NanoStreeM project info

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  • The CORDIS page of the project can be found here.