NanoSafe Australia's current research priorities include the following areas:
- Toxicokinetics (including dermal penetration and distribution), toxicity testing and risk assessment of nanomaterials in sunscreens, specifically zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
- The development of research tools for nanotoxicology research, specifically:
- Appropriate physico-chemical characterisation methods for describing nanomaterial toxicity.
- In vivo toxicokinetics and dermal penetration detection methods for nanomaterials.
- Appropriate dosimetry models, dose-response relationships and mechanisms of action of nanomaterials.
- High-throughput methods for rapid nanotoxicity screening.
- Evaluation of occupational health and safety (OHS) measures in the workplace for controlling exposure to engineered nanomaterials.
Many NanoSafe Australia participants are also members of the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) and are the main contributors to the Australian Consortium for the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN).