8 February 2016
Frankfurt, Germany

On the 8th of February 2016, NanoDefine is organizing a new and industry-focused workshop at the VCI building in Frankfurt/Main, to bring the novel methodology the project is developing closer to those who have to implement and comply with the EU definition of a nanomaterial.

Launched in 2013, the European FP7 project NanoDefine is developing new powerful tools, including a 2-tiered approach consisting of cost-effective rapid screening and in-depth confirmatory analytical methods, new instrument software, and the "NanoDefiner eTool” that will guide end-users (such as industries or enforcement laboratories) to reliably determine whether a material is nano or not.

The one-day workshop will bring together top experts from both sides, (the project and industry), to exchange and share experience on how to address yet existing key analytical chall enges and the need of industry for quick and unambiguous tools to easily and reliably classify commercially available materials and products. Critical issues such as the regulatory significance of size-related material classification and the applicability of standardized measurement of real-life materials will also be addressed and discussed. One key question will be: "What methods seem most promising and feasible from an industry perspective?"


As places are limited, registrations will be accepted according to first come, first served at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Preliminary Program

09:00-09:30 Coffee and registration

09:30-09:35 Opening, Rudolf Reuther, NOMI

09:35-09:40 Welcome, Heike Liewald, VdMi

09:40-10:00 Introduction: How NanoDefine will contribute to the regulatory classification of nanomaterials, Hans Marvin, RIKILT

10:00-10:20 Experience and needs of industries in implementing the EU nano-definition, Uwe Hempelmann, Lanxess

10:20-10:40 Can today’s methods afford to easily and reliably classify nanomaterials? Dan Hodoroaba, BAM

10:40-11:10 Coffee break

11:10-11:30 Industry requirements for the standardized measurement of real life products Heike Liewald, VdMi and Klaus Kund, Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH

11:30-11:50 Sample preparation – a critical step for routine material analysis NN, Denmark Technical University

11:50-12:10 How to meet the challenge of the diversity of properties in measuring nanomaterials? Wendel Wohlleben, BASF

12:10-12:30 Potential and limitations of screening methods to rapidly classify real materials for regulatory purposes, Michael Stintz, Technical University of Dresden

12:30-13:30 Sandwich lunch

13:30-13:50 How can confirmatory methods support the standardized and rapid screening of real materials according to the EU definition? Frank von der Kammer, University of Vienna

13:50-14:10 The "NanoDefiner" – a practical tool to guide industries in the regulatory classification of materials, Hubert Rauscher, JRC-IHCP

14:10-14:30 Wrap up of industry perspectives in developing a measurement strategy for nanomaterials, Martin Reuter, VCI

14:30-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-16:00 Final discussion: lessons learnt and next steps

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