Update on the NanoRelease Project – The Interlaboratory Testing Phase

JM. Carter, RA. Canady, C. Cairns, M. Hill, W. Wohllenben
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US

Keywords: nanoRelease, MWCNT, nanocomposite

Summary:

Nanotechnology has demonstrated potential for great benefits to society – from energy production and conservation to biomedical breakthroughs to environmental remediation. However, the promise of nanotechnology depends on responsible development. The NanoRelease project has been designed to foster the safe and responsible development of nanotechnology by supporting development of methods to understand the release of nanomaterials used in products. The interlaboratory testing phase (ITP)of the project will conduct testing and methods development, in which U. S. and Canadian government, industry, and academic laboratories are convened. The basic goal of the ITP is to: Identify best practices for measuring release at critical points of the life cycle of current products; Use inter-laboratory testing to advance the state of science for release measurement; Develop/refine methodologies and demonstrate transportability. Multiple laboratories have been recruited to participate in the ITP based on expertise in handling nanomaterials, analytical capabilities and methods development. The initial phase of the ITP is a small pilot project to explore feasibility of inter-laboratory testing to quickly identify inconsistencies or deficiencies, and fine tune methods for broader testing. The specifics of the ITP will be described as well as next steps for the ITP.