NanoStreeM strives for better understanding of the occupational hazards related to the use of nanomaterials, and the better governance of the risks related to of the manipulation of nano-materials
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 aim of NanoStreeM
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 high level objectives of the NanoStreeM project are to
- build inventories of materials, research topics and directions relevant for nanomaterial use and exposure in nano- electronics manufacturing;
- identify gaps in knowledge and methodologies to assess the risk of engineered or accidentally produced nanomaterials
- promote open communication with stakeholders to support informed decision making and governance of the risks related to handling of nanomaterials in the semiconductor fabrication process.
Planned activities identify best practices used within the industry to control emerging hazards and cross-fertilize with emerging academic approaches. The project will enable the semiconductor industry to share and benchmark its approach with other sectors for mutual benefit. Generic methods and knowledge developed during the project will be communicated to stakeholder communities. More information is available on the project web-site www.nanostreem.eu.
The NanoStreeM project (Nanomaterials: strategies for safety assessments in advanced integrated circuits manufacturing) receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n° 688794.