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This is the NanoDefiner e-tool, a decision support framework for the characterisation of potential nanomaterials. It is one of the products delivered by the NanoDefine project.

The NanoDefine project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 604347-2.

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NanoDefiner release version 1.0.2 [master@e13c529]

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The NanoDefine Methods Manual

The NanoDefine Methods Manual covers the whole knowledge gained in the NanoDefine project. It has been published in three parts as JRC Technical Reports that focus on (i) the NanoDefiner framework and tools, (ii) the evaluation of methods, and (iii) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

In EU Science Hub Publications:

In addition, it is available in a compact book format that covers all three parts.

In EU Science Hub Publications:

  • Mech, A., Rauscher, H., Babick, F., Hodoroaba, V., Ghanem, A., Wohlleben, W., Marvin, H., Weigel, S., Brüngel, R., Friedrich, C., Rasmussen, K., Loeschner, K., Gilliland, D., The NanoDefine Methods Manual, EUR 29876 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-12335-4, doi:10.2760/79490, JRC117501

Related software projects

  • The ParticleSizer is an ImageJ plug-in for Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) image analysis. It automatically measures distributions of characteristic size and shape properties of potential nanomaterials. Analysis results may be exported in a text-based file format and imported into the NanoDefiner for an automatic nano/non-nano/borderline decision on a specific material.

    Learn more on imagej.net »

  • The Single Particle Calculation tool version 2 (SPCTv2) allows to generate spreadsheet-based analysis data of single particle Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (spICP-MS) measurements. Data generated by the SPCTv2 can be imported into the NanoDefiner for an automatic nano/non-nano/borderline decision on a specific material.

    Learn more on wur.nl »

  • The AutoEM-toolbox is a software for automatic acquisition and analysis of nanoparticles in the transmission electron microscope.

    Learn more on github.com »

Related publications

  • European Union (2011). Commission Recommendation of 18 October 2011 on the definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU). Official Journal of the European Union, L 275, pp. 38–40.

  • Peters, R., Herrera-Rivera, Z., Undas, A., van der Lee, M., Marvin, H., Bouwmeester, H., & Weigel, S. (2015). Single particle ICP-MS combined with a data evaluation tool as a routine technique for the analysis of nanoparticles in complex matrices. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 30(6), 1274–1285. doi:10.1039/c4ja00357h

  • Babick, F., Mielke, J., Wohlleben, W., Weigel, S., & Hodoroaba, V.-D. (2016). How reliably can a material be classified as a nanomaterial? Available particle-sizing techniques at work. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 18(6). doi:10.1007/s11051-016-3461-7

  • Wohlleben, W., Mielke, J., Bianchin, A., Ghanem, A., Freiberger, H., Rauscher, H., Gemeinert, M., & Hodoroaba, V.-D. (2017). Reliable nanomaterial classification of powders using the volume-specific surface area method. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 19(2). doi:10.1007/s11051-017-3741-x

  • Brüngel, R., Rückert, J., Wohlleben, W., Babick, F., Ghanem, A., Gaillard, C., Mech, A., Rauscher, H., Weigel, S., Friedrich, C. M. (2017). The NanoDefiner e-tool — A decision support framework for recommendation of suitable measurement techniques for the assessment of potential nanomaterials. 2017 IEEE 12th Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC). doi:10.1109/nmdc.2017.8350509

  • Uusimaeki, T., Wagner, T., Lipinski, H.-G., & Kaegi, R. (2019). AutoEM: a software for automated acquisition and analysis of nanoparticles. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 21(6). doi:10.1007/s11051-019-4555-9

  • Gaillard, C., Mech, A., Wohlleben, W., Babick, F., Hodoroaba, V.-D., Ghanem, A., Weigel, S., & Rauscher, H. (2019). A technique-driven materials categorisation scheme to support regulatory identification of nanomaterials. Nanoscale Advances, 1(2), 781–791. doi:10.1039/c8na00175h

  • Rauscher, H., Roebben, Mech, A., Gibson, N., Kestens, V., Linsinger, T. P. J., Riego Sintes, J. An overview of concepts and terms used in the European Commission's definition of nanomaterial, EUR 29647 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2019, ISBN 978-92-79-99660-3, doi:10.2760/459136, Publications Office of the European Union

  • Brüngel, R., Rückert, J., Wohlleben, W., Babick, F., Ghanem, A., Gaillard, C., Mech, A., Rauscher, H., Hodoroaba, V.-D., Weigel, S., Friedrich, C. M. (2019). NanoDefiner e-Tool: An Implemented Decision Support Framework for Nanomaterial Identification. Materials, 12(19), 3247. doi:10.3390/ma12193247

  • Rauscher, H., Mech, A., Gibson, N., Gilliland, D., Held, A., Kestens V., Koeber, R., Linsinger, T. P. J., Stefaniak, E. A., Identification of nanomaterials through measurements, EUR 29942 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2019, ISBN 978-92-76-10371-4, doi:10.2760/053982, JRC118158

  • A. Mech, H. Rauscher, F. Babick, V.-D. Hodoroaba, A. Ghanem, W. Wohlleben, H. Marvin, S. Weigel, R. Brüngel, C. M. Friedrich, The NanoDefine Methods Manual. Part 1: The NanoDefiner Framework and Toolsem, EUR 29876 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-11950-0, doi:10.2760/55181, JRC117501

  • A. Mech, H. Rauscher, K. Rasmussen, F. Babick, V.-D. Hodoroaba, A. Ghanem, W. Wohlleben, H. Marvin, R. Brüngel, C. M. Friedrich, The NanoDefine Methods Manual. Part 2: Evaluation of methods, EUR 29876 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-11953-1, doi:10.2760/071877, JRC117501

  • A. Mech, H. Rauscher, K. Rasmussen, F. Babick, V.-D. Hodoroaba, A. Ghanem, W. Wohlleben, H. Marvin, R. Brüngel, C. M. Friedrich, K. Löschner, D. Gilliland, The NanoDefine Methods Manual. Part 3: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), EUR 29876 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-11955-5, doi:10.2760/02910, JRC117501

Related publications

  • European Union (2011). Commission Recommendation of 18 October 2011 on the definition of nanomaterial (2011/696/EU). Official Journal of the European Union, L 275, pp. 38–40.
  • Babick, F., Mielke, J., Wohlleben, W., Weigel, S., Hodoroaba, V. D. (2016). How reliably can a material be classified as a nanomaterial? Available particle-sizing techniques at work. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 18(6), 158.
  • Wohlleben, W., Mielke, J., Bianchin, A., Ghanem, A., Freiberger, H., Rauscher, H., Gemeinert, M., Hodoroaba, V. D. (2017). Reliable nano-material classification of powders using the volume-specific surface area method. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 19(2), 61.
  • Uusimaeki, T., Wagner, T., Lipinski, HG. et al. AutoEM: a software for automated acquisition and analysis of nanoparticles Journal of Nanoparticle Research (2019) 21: 122.
  • Gaillard, C., Mech, A., Wohlleben, W., Babick, F., Hodoroaba, V.-D., Ghanem, A., Stefan Weigel, Rauscher, H. (2019). A technique-driven materials categorisation scheme to support regulatory identification of nanomaterials. Nanoscale Advances, 1(2), 781–791.
  • Rauscher, H., Roebben, Mech, A., G., Gibson, N., Kestens, V., Linsinger, T. P. J., Riego Sintes, J. An overview of concepts and terms used in the European Commission's definition of nanomaterial JRC113469. EUR 29647 EN. ISBN: 978-92-79-99660-3. ISSN: 1831-9424. doi:10.2760/459136, Publications Office of the European Union

Cite as

In MDPI Materials Special Issue Nanomaterial Characterization Methods: Leaping Towards Validation:

Brüngel, R., Rückert, J., Wohlleben, W., Babick, F., Ghanem, A., Gaillard, C., Mech, A., Rauscher, H., Hodoroaba, V.-D., Weigel, S., Friedrich, C. M. (2019). NanoDefiner e-Tool: An Implemented Decision Support Framework for Nanomaterial Identification. Materials, 12(19), 3247. doi:10.3390/ma12193247

BibTeX:
@article{Bruengel_2019,
  doi = {10.3390/ma12193247},
  url = {https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/12/19/3247/htm},
  year = 2019,
  month = {oct},
  publisher = {{MDPI} {AG}},
  journal = {Materials},
  volume = {12},
  number = {19},
  pages = {3247},
  author = {Raphael Br\"ungel and Johannes R\"uckert and Wendel Wohlleben and Frank Babick and Antoine Ghanem and Claire Gaillard and Agnieszka Mech and Hubert Rauscher and Vasile-Dan Hodoroaba and Stefan Weigel and Christoph M. Friedrich},
  title = {{NanoDefiner e-Tool: An Implemented Decision Support Framework for Nanomaterial Identification}}
}

In Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE 12th Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC):

Brüngel, R., Rückert, J., Wohlleben, W., Babick, F., Ghanem, A., Gaillard, C., Mech, A., Rauscher, H., Weigel, S., Friedrich, C. M. (2017). The NanoDefiner e-tool — A decision support framework for recommendation of suitable measurement techniques for the assessment of potential nanomaterials. 2017 IEEE 12th Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC). doi:10.1109/nmdc.2017.8350509

BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Bruengel_2017,
  doi={10.1109/NMDC.2017.8350509},
  url={https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8350509/},
  year={2017},
  month={oct},
  publisher={IEEE},
  booktitle={2017 IEEE 12th Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC)},
  pages={71-72},
  author={Raphael Br\"ungel and Johannes R\"uckert and Wendel Wohlleben and Frank Babick and Antoine Ghanem and Claire Gaillard and Agnieszka Mech and Hubert Rauscher and Stefan Weigel and Christoph M. Friedrich},
  title={{The NanoDefiner e-tool -- A decision support framework for recommendation of suitable measurement techniques for the assessment of potential nanomaterials}}
}