Title: Challenges in the size analysis of a silica nanoparticle mixture as candidate certified reference material
Authors: KESTENS VikramROEBBEN GertHERRMANN JanJÄMTING AsaCOLEMAN VictoriaMINELLI CaterinaCLIFFORD CharlesDE TEMMERMAN Pieter-JanMAST JanJUNJIE LiuBABICK FrankCÖLFEN HelmutEMONS Hendrik
Citation: JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLE RESEARCH vol. 18 p. 1-22
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC101357
ISSN: 1388-0764
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC101357
DOI: 10.1007/s11051-016-3474-2
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A new certified reference material for quality control of nanoparticle size analysis methods has been developed and produced by the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. The material, ERM-FD102, consists of an aqueous suspension of a mixture of silica nanoparticle populations of distinct particle size and origin. The characterisation relied on an interlaboratory comparison study in which 30 laboratories of demonstrated competence participated with a variety of techniques for particle size analysis. After scrutinising the received datasets, certified and indicative values for different method-defined equivalent diameters that are specific for dynamic light scattering (DLS), centrifugal liquid sedimentation (CLS), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), particle tracking analysis (PTA) and asymmetrical-flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) were assigned. The value assignment was a particular challenge because metrological concepts were not always interpreted uniformly across all participating laboratories. This paper presents the main elements and results of the ERM-FD102 characterisation study and discusses in particular the key issues of measurand definition and the estimation of measurement uncertainty.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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