Project: Metrology for innovative nanoparticles

Nanoparticles, due to their unique and tuneable properties, are ideal for a wide variety of potential applications and are increasingly being used in commercial products, from conductive inks for printed electronics to drug delivery agents for the pharmaceutical industry. Industries developing innovative products containing nanoparticles need to accurately control a number of their properties. Two properties which significantly affect performance are nanoparticle number concentration and surface chemistry. These properties enable compliance with EU regulation regarding the definition of a nanomaterial, and underpin claims of reliability, performance and lifetime for nanoparticle products. However, industry is currently lacking certified reference materials, primary standards and methods of measurement for these two properties. This project will provide industry with techniques and methods for the measurement of nanoparticle number concentration and surface chemistry. This will support trade in high performance nanoparticles for advanced technologies and the competitiveness of European nanotechnology industries will be strengthened.

Acronym 14IND12 Innanopart (Reference Number: 14IND12)
Duration 01/05/2015 - 30/04/2018
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR CALL 2014

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Dansk Fundamental Metrologi A/S Partner Denmark
4 LGC Limited Partner United Kingdom
5 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
6 SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB Partner Sweden
7 The University of Birmingham Partner United Kingdom
8 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Partner France
9 Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek Partner Netherlands
10 Universita Degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro Partner Italy
11 Technische Universitaet Wien Partner Austria
12 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Observer Italy
13 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Observer Switzerland