Safety of Nanomaterials


Prof Rob Aitken

Prof. Rob Aitken is CEO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and the Director of the SAFENANO initiative. He leads IOM's work programme on nanotechnology risk which currently encompasses SAFENANO, more than five major European Commission FP7 framework projects and a series of major public reviews for Government Agencies. His main scientific interests are in exposure and risk assessment of fine particles and he has contributed more than 50 publications on these issues.

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Dr Steve Hankin
Director of Analytical Services

After acquiring his BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry, Steve was awarded a National Science & Engineering Research Council Visiting Fellowship at the National Research Council of Canada's Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences. He returned to the UK following the award of a NERC post-doctoral fellowship held at the University of Glasgow, continue research on state-of-the-art laser analysis of chemicals on atmospheric particles. In 1999, Steve took up a position as a Research Scientist in the Environmental Health section of Health Protection Scotland. He trained further in Medical Toxicology and Epidemiology and led a number of public health toxicology initiatives associated with the surveillance, control and response to hazardous materials exposures. In 2007, he moved to the Institute of Occupational Medicine.

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Gordon Fern
SAFENANO Section Head

Gordon is a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry gained in 1994. He spent 16 years in the chemical industry working for the large multi-nationals Diageo, Ciba and BASF. During this time, he has held positions as Analytical Laboratory Manager, Quality Manager and Technical Marketing Manager where project and technical management, combined with business development were major aspects of his responsibilities.

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Dr Matthew Boyles
Senior Toxicologist

Matthew Boyles (BSc, PhD) joined SAFENANO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in May 2017 as Senior Toxicologist. After graduating with an honours degree in Biomedical Science, Matthew undertook a PhD in Nanotoxicology at Edinburgh Napier University. Since completing his PhD in 2012 Matthew has held numerous post-doctoral positions in the UK and abroad; working in multidisciplinary consortiums and for industrial partners he has gained valuable experience in testing biological responses to particles, fibres and nanomaterials, and in their synthesis and characterisation. Matthew’s interests lie in various material applications including those used for medical purposes, and in industrial processes, as well as substances found to be environmental toxins.

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Sheona Read
Chemical Risk & Regulatory Scientist

Sheona Read (MChem PgCert CSci MRSC) is a Chemical Risk & Regulatory Scientist for SAFENANO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine. Having joined the IOM in 2008, Sheona provides scientific and technical expertise to a diverse range of research and consultancy projects, primarily focused on supporting industry, government and wider stakeholders in the responsible development, commercialisation and use of nanomaterials and other chemicals. With knowledge across a range of scientific disciplines, including chemical and product regulation, physico-chemical characterisation, occupational exposure and risk assessment, Sheona is an experienced desk-based researcher skilled in the development of evidence-based literature reviews, best practice safety guidance, exposure scenarios, risk appraisals and risk communication documents.

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Emma Carnaghan

Emma Carnaghan is a Scientist for SAFENANO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine. Emma joined IOM in April 2017 upon graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a MChem (Hons) in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.

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Ari Loughlin

Ari Loughlin is a Scientist for SAFENANO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, joining in May 2017. After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a MSc in Advanced Materials Engineering, Ari worked as a Research Assistant at Edinburgh Napier University on a project which developed composite materials for use in 3D printing using waste and recycled Scottish textiles and bioplastics.

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