National Physical Laboratory

20-24 Apr 2015 : Nanoparticle concentration, chemistry and interfaces workshopWorkshop: 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.

Invited Speakers

We are delighted to announce that the following leading experts have confirmed that they will provide in-depth insights to the issues of measuring nanoparticle concentration, surface chemistry and interfaces:

  • Prof Thomas L Andresen, Technical University of Denmark
  • Dr Dorota Bartczak, LGC Group, UK
  • Prof David Castner, University of Washington, USA
  • Dr Tommy Cedervall, Lund University, Sweden
  • Dr Victoria Coleman, National Measurement Institute, Australia
  • Prof Shalini Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Dr Michael Krumrey, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
  • Prof Katharina Landfester, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Dr Scott E McNeil, Frederick National Laboratory, USA
  • Prof Dae Won Moon, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Prof Richard Palmer, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Ute Resch-Genger, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany
  • Dr Gert Roebben, European Commission, JRC-IRMM, Belgium
  • Prof Ed Sacher, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  • Dr Alex Shard, National Physical Laboratory, UK
  • Dr Chady Stephan, Perkin Elmer, Canada
  • Prof Wolfgang Werner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Workshop Organising Committee

Chair:   Caterina Minelli (National Physical Laboratory, UK)
Co-chairs: Don Baer (Pacific Nortwest National Laboratory, USA)
Giacomo Ceccone (European Commission, JRC-IHCP, Italy)
Fredrik Höök (Chalmers University, Sweden)
Local organisation: Natalie Belsey (National Physical Laboratory, UK)



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