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Workshop April 2015: Nanoparticle concentration, chemistry and interfaces

Workshop: Nanoparticle concentration, chemistry and interfaces

20 – 24 April 2015, Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK

This four-day workshop will engage international experts in a lively scientific debate around the measurement of concentration of nanoparticle in media, their chemistry and the nature of critical interfaces.

Workshop Format and Topics

Particles, particularly those below 100 nm in diameter, are of major interest in the development of new technologies ranging from medical diagnostics to solar cells to drug delivery. This workshop will engage international experts in a lively scientific debate to understand the strengths and limitations of the current state of the art and pathways needed to provide critical information about the measurement of concentration of nanoparticles in media, their chemistry and the nature of critical interfaces. The workshop will:

  • Examine the span of needs in nanoparticle metrology and best practices for reproducible synthesis and sample preparation for analysis.
  • Assess the accuracy and limitations of methods providing measurements of number concentrations of particles.
  • Evaluate the current ability to design, synthesize and measure/characterize the surface or interfacial chemistry of particles.
  • Discuss the relative importance, strengths and limitations of in situ versus other methods of particle detection and analysis.
  • Identify needs and potential pathways to address current limitations in methods, reference materials and methodology.

This workshop has been carefully designed to provide maximum opportunity for discussion and brain-storming by engaging both academic and industrial international experts in a lively scientific debate. The outputs of the workshop will be used as input to a variety of international efforts related to measurements of nanomaterials, including national standards organisations, VAMAS and ISO Technical committees on Nanotechnology and Surface Chemical Analysis.

For more information visit http://www.npl.co.uk/np-workshop/