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June 29, 2017

NanoDefine Will Hold Workshop on Measurement and Classification of Nanomaterials According to the EC Definition

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

On October 24, 2017, NanoDefine will hold a one-day workshop in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.  The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a practical demonstration of newly developed measurement techniques to end-users who have to implement the European Commission’s (EC) recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).  NanoDefine experts have developed a wide panel of new validated measurement methods, techniques, instruments, and software to classify existing and new advanced materials, including a two-tiered analytical approach consisting of:  (1) rapid and cost-effective screening methods; and (2) more in-depth confirmatory methods.  In particular, according to NanoDefine, the NanoDefiner e-Tool will help practitioners to determine reliably “whether a material or product is or contains nano.”  The workshop will address the following questions:

  • How to address the analytical challenges caused by the EC definition;
  • How to handle the diversity and complexity of commercially relevant products and materials that have to be classified; and
  • How to meet the needs of industry for quick and unambiguous measurement tools.

Registration is free but spaces are limited.  According to the May-June 2017 issue of the NanoDefine Bulletin, an open beta version of the NanoDefiner e-Tool will be available online later in 2017.  Users will be invited to test the beta version and to provide feedback that will be used to prepare the final public version