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Nanotechnology and standardization in nanotechnology are issues of significant interest and strategic importance to the United States, though nanotechnology is still considered an emerging technology.
Applications based on nanotechnology have the potential to offer significant benefit, ranging from faster semi-conductor chips to brighter and more durable paints and pigments, from stain resistant apparel to antimicrobial coating, and from stronger (yet lighter weight) sports equipment to advanced batteries with significantly greater energy storage capacity. Nanotechnology has been termed by some observers as the "second industrial revolution."
Standardization issues in nanotechnology are of particular interest given the role that standards play in advancing technology and technology dissemination through commonly agreed upon methods of testing, analyses, data interpretation and application.
For numerous aspects of nanotechnology, standardization provides the international community a means to formally vet and codify measurement methods developed in individual laboratories, ensuring that the resultant standards reflect the state-of-art in measurement and characterization. [read background and NIST role]
Standardization development activities
Scope: Standardization in the field of nanotechnologies that includes either or both of the following: (1) Understanding and control of matter and processes at the nanoscale, typically, but not exclusively, below 100 nonametres in one or more dimensions where the onset of size-dependent phenomena usually enables novel application; (2) Utilizing the properties of nanoscale materials that differ from the properties of individual atoms, molecules, and bulk matter, to create improved materials, devices, and systems that exploit these new properties.
Scope: Standardization of the technologies relevant to electrical and electronic products and systems in the field of nanotechnology in close cooperation with other committees of IEC and ISO TC 229.
Scope: (1) The development of standards and guidance for nanotechnology & nanomaterials; and (2) the coordination existing ASTM standardization related to nanotechnology needs. This coordination shall include the apportioning of specific requests for nanotechnolgoy standards through ASTM's existing committee base, as well as the maintenance of appropriate global liaison relationships with activities (internal and external) related to this subject area.
Nanotechnology Standards Panel Meeting
Sep 09, 2009 ( Chicago, IL ) Event Organizer: American National Standards Institute
International Workshop on Challenges to Increased Use of Nanotechnology Standards
Dec 13-14, 2011 ( Washington, DC ) Event Organizer: NIST and ANSI
Learn About Changes to New EU Laws on Nanomaterials
Sep 18, 2013 ( Webinar ) Event Organizer: U.S. Commercial Service
Stakeholder Perspectives on the Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology
Sep 10-11, 2013 ( Webinar and Washington, DC ) Event Organizer: The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)