Characterizing the Minimal Information about Nanomaterials and Bringing Data Together to Accelerate Discover

M.L. Ostraat, D. Murry, K.C. Mills, K.A. Guzan
RTI International, US

Keywords: data, sharing, nanomaterial, characterization, registry


Nanomaterials are being widely incorporated into consumer products and are being used in studies and procedures to improve human health. Although there are benefits of using nanomaterials, there may also be unintended risks. There is an urgent need to understand the potential impact that these materials can pose to human health, as expressed by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and many others in the research community. This talk will address a data-centric effort that is intended to address this challenge in a practical way: NIH’s Nanomaterial Registry project at RTI. The Registry collects physico-chemical characterization and biological and environmental study data on nanomaterials from many data sources, and systematically archives the data. The Registry then provides researchers with this authoritative data via a central location ( Nanomaterial researchers can access curated data sets, share their findings, and work collaboratively to drive the discovery needed to understand the implications of nanomaterials. The Registry has established a minimal information about nanomaterials (MIAN). This MIAN includes twelve physical and chemical characteristics (PCC), the common techniques used to characterize them, the parameters essential to report for each of these techniques and questions surrounding the scientific best practice during characterization.