Thesis Project Description:
Among nanotechnology-based products, sunscreens are of emerging concern. Nanometric titanium dioxide (TiO2) UV-blockers are advantageous in terms of sun protection and aesthetics. However from a regulatory perspective, their fate and impact are still under consideration, due to their potential influence on both consumers and the environment. At present, many gaps remain in the scientific knowledge regarding the efficacy and safety of nanomaterials used in sunscreen. The present project aims to develop the eco-design of sunscreen by minimizing the risk at different stages of the product lifecycle, starting from its manufacture. This will be achieved by optimizing the properties of the UV blockers prior to their integration into the cosmetic formulation. The consequences of these characteristics on the overall risk of the final sunscreen product will be better evidenced throughout its lifecycle.
Interdisciplinary Research Axis:
European Master in Advanced Chemical Methodologies
Torino University, Italy