When starting the project, no recognized traceable calibration of nanoparticles existed and new metrological capabilities are required to ensure consistency in quality and innovation. The project is developed the methods needed for traceable measurement of nanoparticles size, size distribution and their shape.
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Ever since the development of nanoparticles in the late 1960's and early 1970's they have been known to act as a bridge between atomic structures and bulk properties. This means they have potentially unique properties, for example as highly concentrated suspensions in the ink industry as drug delivery agents for the pharmaceutical industry, and in novel composite materials. Additional toxicological concerns require strict and well defined standards to be applied.