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Challenges in Characterizing Small Particles

Exploring Particles from the Nano- to Microscale

A Workshop Summary


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-22590-8ISBN-10: 0-309-22590-6


The National Academies’ Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR) held a workshop on October 25–26, 2010, to explore new opportunities, challenges, and approaches to characterizing small particles and understanding their impacts. In many scientific and engineering domains, a lack of understanding about the properties and chemical composition of small particles limits our ability to understand, predict, and control their applications and impacts.

The workshop, “Challenges in Characterizing Small Particles: Exploring Particles from the Nano- to Microscales,” explored the critical importance of small particles in environmental science, materials and chemical sciences, biological science, and engineering, and the many challenges involved in characterizing materials at the nano- and microscales. The discussions on characterization included static, dynamic, experimental, computational, and theoretical characterization. The workshop also included several “research tool” presentations that highlighted new advances in characterizing small particles.


Rapporteurs: Tina Masciangioli, Joe Alper

This material is based upon the work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under award number DE-FG02-07ER15872, the National Institutes of Health under award number N01-OD-4-2139, TO# 25, and the National Science Foundation under grant number CHE-0936388.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

Copyright © 2012, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK92700PMID: 22741185DOI: 10.17226/13317


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