NanoSphere: Centre for interaction and risk studies in Nano-Bio-Geo-Sociotechno-sphere interfaces

The rapid and promising advancement of nanotechnology (NT) require a concomitant expansion of the knowledge about risks - human, ecological and societal - related to nanomaterials (NMs) and nanoparticles (NPs). Increasing evidence show that NPs may have adverse effects, but the picture is fragmented and sometimes contradictory partly due to a lacking control on dispersion, physico-chemical descriptors and characterization, dosimetry and endpoints for NPs. These problems also spill over on risk assessment (RA) procedures and societal risk regimes. NanoSphere delivers frameworks, methodologies, both generally applicable structure-activity relations and case specific data, and approaches that will provide input for improving the adequacy of current RA practices and narrowing the gap between NT innovation and RA processes. Results will be of immediate use for environmental authorities, industry and other stakeholders.


Sverker Molander (contact)

Professor at Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Martin Andersson

Biträdande professor at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Applied Surface Chemistry

Rickard Arvidsson

Forskarassistent at Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Rickard Frost

Forskare at Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Bengt Herbert Kasemo

Professor at Applied Physics, Chemical Physics

Eva Olsson

Professor at Applied Physics, Eva Olsson Group

Sofia Svedhem

Forskare at Applied Physics, Biological Physics


University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden



Funding years 2009–2014

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Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

Area of Advance

Sustainable Development

Chalmers Driving Force

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