FutureNanoNeeds legacy collection on the Categorization of Next Generation Nanomaterials available with open access

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

The wide variety, diversity, and reactivity of nanomaterials enable applications from green construction to energy harvesting and storage, advanced materials for aerospace, electronics, diagnostics and therapeutics. One goal of today’s nanoscience is to develop innovative materials with properties and functionalities far beyond what is present in existing materials. The vast diversity and complexity of nanomaterials, however, is a major challenge for future nanoscience as it precludes systematic measurement of all properties under all conditions required. Thus, there is a need to understand and predict properties relevant to specific conditions and uses and categorize nanomaterials to support innovation and assess health and environmental impacts.

The mini collection “Categorization of Next Generation Nanomaterials” generated by research and workshop discussions under the FutureNanoNeeds project discusses current tools and regulatory schemes in the categorization of nanomaterials and how they can be advanced to address the challenges and needs of future nanoscience. The legacy collection features pieces by Kenneth A. Dawson (CBNI UCD, Ireland), John Rumble (R&R Data Services, USA & CODATA Working Group on Nanomaterials, France), Maria J Doa (US Environmental Protection Agency), Willie Peijnenburg (National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands) and Scott C. Brown (The Chemours Company, USA).

The collection is available with open access at Cornell University`s arXiv.org.

FutureNanoNeeds project, funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7), focused on developing a novel framework to enable naming, classification, hazard and environmental impact assessment of the next generation nanomaterials prior to their widespread industrial use.