Special Issue "Identification and Quantification of Nanomaterials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthesis, Interfaces and Nanostructures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hubert Rauscher
Guest Editor
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Interests: nanomaterials identification and characterisation; advanced materials; nanosafety; definition of nanomaterial; regulatory science; policy support

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The identification and quantification of nanomaterials is currently a very active field of research. In view of the numerous ongoing regulatory activities addressing nanomaterials (e.g. amendments of nanospecific provisions in the REACH, Novel Food, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Regulations in Europe, rules and decisions on nanomaterials by US EPA and US FDA) manufacturers and regulators are in urgent need of scientific and technical progress to meet new regulatory requirements for nanomaterials. Identification and quantification of nanomaterials is a key requirement in this context and useful for innovators already in the material development phase to predict classification as nanomaterial (or the contrary) and to anticipate regulatory requirements for the final product. Enforcement laboratories need to be able to assess not only raw materials at the product ingredient level, but they must be able to analyse the final products on the market to identify and quantify the presence of a nanomaterial. Currently, there is an emerging issue with nanoplastics, which poses particular analytical and conceptual challenges. There has been some progress in recent years regarding the identification and quantification of nanomaterials as raw material, but for final products and materials which are difficult to analyse, such as nanoplastics, this is still extremely challenging.

Dr. Hubert Rauscher
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanomaterial identification
  • nanomaterial quantification
  • particle measurement methods (quantitative and qualitative)
  • proxy methods
  • reference materials and standardisation
  • nanomaterials in products, formulations, and in the environment
  • safety of nanomaterials
  • nanoforms
  • nanoplastics
  • advanced nanomaterials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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