CODATA/VAMAS Joint Working Group on the Description of Nanomaterials
Nanomaterials are complex, and researchers continue to develop new and innovative materials. Describing nanomaterials is a challenge for all user communities, but a description system is essential to ensure that everyone knows exactly which nanomaterial is being discussed, whether for research, regulatory, commercial, or other purposes.
CODATA and VAMAS, an international pre-standardization organization concerned with materials test methods, have set up a joint working group to help develop a uniform description system for nanomaterials. This international working group includes representatives from virtually every scientific and technical discipline involved in the development and use of nanomaterials, including physics, chemistry, materials science, pharmacology, toxicology, medicine, ecology, environmental science, nutrition, food science, crystallography, engineering, and more. Many international scientific unions actively participate.
Uniform Description System Version 1.0 Now Available
A complete version of the Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (UDS) is now available for download. Version 1.0 of the UDS is the result of three years of work and meetings by the CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on Nanomaterials. The UDS contains 18 tables of detailed descriptors and their definitions that are directly applicable for reporting nanomaterials research results, identifying nanomaterials in regulations and standards, developing formats for nanoinformatics resources, specifying nanomaterials in commercial transactions, and other uses.
Working Group Documents
Uniform Descripton System
- Uniform Description System for materials on the Nanoscale (Version 1.0, 1 February 2015)
- Framework for a Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (3 October 2013)
CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on Nanomaterials
Contacts and Information
Comments, suggestions, and corrections about the UDS are welcomed. Please contact us at email@example.com
- John Rumble, Working Group Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve Freiman, VAMAS Chair
- Clayton Teague, Technical Chair