Assessing the interactions of nanomaterials with environmental and biological systems is both complex and rapidly evolving. The complexity of these interactions arises from the fact that they are not only a function of the system under consideration, but also of the inherent characteristics of the nanomaterial and the diverse test methods, protocols, and assays used to determine these interactions. At the same time, the quantity of publicly available literature on nanotechnology is staggering. To address these challenges, the Nanomaterial Registry has been developed as an authoritative, web-based tool that systematically organizes and evaluates existing research findings on the impacts of well-characterized nanomaterials from multiple resources. As an authoritative resource, all content is systematically curated prior to inclusion in the Registry. This presentation highlights Registry features and functionality, including the ability to search and visually compare different nanomaterials from diverse sources and describes the numerous opportunities for nanotechnology experts to contribute technical perspectives and data to enhance the Nanomaterial Registry. To facilitate development of the Registry, a minimal information standard for nanomaterials has been established which has already been used to develop evaluation criteria and similarity matching criteria for nanomaterials that are included in the Registry.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 3, Nanotechnology 2012: Bio Sensors, Instruments, Medical, Environment and Energy (Volume 3)
Published: June 18, 2012
Pages: 273 - 276
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Energy & Sustainability
Topic: Environmental Health & Safety of Nanomaterials