Building the Foundation: Interlaboratory Comparisons and Reference Products for Advanced Materials

16 May 2024, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST, online

Advanced materials, such as nanomaterials, 2D materials, and thin films, play a crucial role in driving economic development and addressing major challenges in the coming years. These challenges include mitigating the impact of climate change, advancing lightweight engineering, enhancing catalysis, and improving medical applications.

To understand the performance of these materials and ensure their acceptance across various sectors as safe and sustainable for both humans and the environment, the availability of reference procedures, materials, and data is essential. One versatile tool for establishing such references and evaluating the proficiency of individual laboratories and their competencies is through interlaboratory comparisons. Notably, initiatives like the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) provide a platform for conducting international laboratory comparisons.

This online course will showcase various examples of interlaboratory comparisons, illustrating their impact on the development of refence products.

It will also highlight the outcomes of the EMPIR projects Improved traceability chain of nanoparticle size measurements (17NRM04, nPSize) and Standardisation of characterisation methods for the structural and chemical properties of graphene (19NRM04, ISO-G-SCoPe).

Course content

-     Introduction to interlaboratory comparisons and their platforms in advanced materials

  • Examples of interlaboratory comparisons
  • Reference products - materials, data, procedures
  • The relevance of interlaboratory comparisons for the industry


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This EMPIR project is co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the EMPIR Participating States