Course Syllabus for

Nanosafety - with Project
Nanosäkerhet - med projekt

MAM035F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2022
Decided by: Mats Ohlin
Date of establishment: 2019-02-07

General Information

Division: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of Part 1 is to mediate knowledge of safe manufacturing and handling of engineered nanoparticles and of nanomaterials i.e. materials containing nanoparticles, in the perspective of human health and of environment. Aspects such as safety important particle characteristics, exposure and emission assessment, nanotoxicology, precautionary principle, safe-by-design, human-technology interaction, risk assessment, risk management, risk communication, life cycle analysis, legislation, and ethical aspects will be covered. The aim of Part 2 is to analyze, estimate, evaluate, judge, and communicate the human, societal, and environmental impacts of nanomaterials in one's own research, using terms, concepts, and risk management models obtained during Part 1.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Particle properties (size, shape, aspect-ratio, solubility, chemical composition), lung deposition and clearance, emissions, exposure, toxicity, risk management, human-technology interaction, biomarkers, engineering controls and personal protection, risk- and safety communication, food chain transport, life cycle analyses, ethical aspects, and legislation.

Course Literature

Course literature will be provided by the lecturers.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project, self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. Detailed description of the different examination formats. Part 1: 1) Approved individual home assignment before course start (summarize two scientific papers), and discussion of these in groups at start of course week 1; 2) 80% minimum participation to the lectures (1.5 weeks); 3) Approved group task to be done between course week 1 and course week 2, presented in writing and orally during course week 2; 4) Participation in laboratory exercise; 5) Approved final home assignment after course week 2 (hazard identification connected to doctoral student’s own research). Part 2: Approved report and oral presentation of health risk assessment (hazard, dose-response, exposure analysis), risk management and risk communication plan related to student's own research.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: The course is open for all PhD students within the fields of engineering, science, and medicine. The course is also open for representatives from industry and legislation, as well as master students with a documented interest in nanosafety, or doing there master's thesis in this field.

Further Information

Part 1 in this course overlaps completely with the course Nanosafety (MAM030F, 5 hp). Part 2 of this course is a project work.

Course Occasion Information

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