01 June 2021

Nano Chamber at the forefront of safety and efficiency in nano-research

At Burdinola, we have taken on the challenge of responding to one of the major emerging risks in laboratories: the handling of nanoparticles. After five years of work, we have launched the first equipment that has been tested to ensure that both people and samples are protected.

Image of a scientist handling nanomaterials

Research with nanomaterials has been gaining importance and its growth is exponential due to its enormous potential in a wide range of applications, from medicine to technology, from food to communications. But is working with them safe? Evidence suggests that handling them poses a real risk to research staff and that current regulations fall far short of ensuring protection. This gap has been filled thanks to our NANO Chamber. After four years of research and development, we are very proud to have launched the first protective equipment tested to ensure that both people and samples are safe.

Burdinola has a presence in more than 35 countries and has carried out more than 6,000 projects in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industry, chemicals, nutrition and food, education and healthcare. Consequently, we have a wealth of knowledge and a vast network of contacts, with whom we work in close collaboration and proximity. We listened to their problems and concerns, and one of the most recurrent was their concern about the risks linked to the increasingly frequent handling of nanoparticles, and the lack of specific equipment.

The Burdinola team took up the challenge to answer this demand, using its its experience and knowledge accumulated thanks to its involvement in the committee for European standards on particle containment, and this confirmed the need to go a step further and fill this gap that seemed inexplicable to us. How was it possible that there was no specific equipment for such specific applications, given the increasing amount of research in the field of nanomaterials and nanostructures?

A challenge was opening up to us that seemed tailor-made for our capabilities and values. Not only was it a matter of continuing to reaffirm our commitment to the safety of facilities and their users from new and emerging risks, but it also added an innovative, ‘in-house’ component.  The valuable know-how and qualifications of our skilled R&D and innovation department, together with the experience gained from extensive projects in this field, convinced us that we were capable of providing the cutting-edge technology required to develop the world's first device specifically designed for research into nanomaterials.

This new challenge was a further step in our strategy to provide solutions with high added value and an advanced technological element. The success of our fume cupboards and the satisfaction of our customers served as an incentive to define our first in-house project. The more information we gathered about the risks they were exposed to, the more we became certain of our plans.

Not surprisingly, these professionals are the architects of major scientific breakthroughs such as targeted therapies against cancer or treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Beyond medicine, nanotechnology is expected to act as a lever for change in fields such as information technology, communications, microelectronics and biotechnology. And the revolution has only just begun. At Burdinola, we felt a responsibility to give back to science at least a small part of everything it has given and continues to give us in order to move towards a better society and a better future.

The development of the NANO Chamber was perfectly in line with our mission and vision.

We obtained encouraging initial results thanks to the talent, skills and commitment of our technicians, together with the unwavering support of the company's management, which confirmed that the effort and resources deployed up to that point had been worthwhile and that we should continue to move forward.

These solid results demonstrated the viability of the project, and it was time to look for the partnerships needed to complete the development of a unique solution for the market. Our NANO Chamber is a perfect example of our ongoing commitment to providing research facilities with maximum safety and efficiency, no matter how demanding the challenge. Would you like to learn more about the technical features and functionalities of this global innovation for safely handling nanomaterials? Click on the link to find out more and contact us if you have any further questions.