Category Archive: Nanotechnology

Oct 14

Standards to foster innovation: the NML at the forefront

Thousands of experts worldwide give significant time and effort each year to develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. These standards contain expert knowledge and best practice and have a wide range of applications – from how to produce reference materials, to state-of-the-art methods to monitor heavy metals in air, to …

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Apr 05

Nanotechnology standardisation: for materials 100,000 times smaller than this full stop.

  As the impact of nanotechnologies on human life becomes more prevalent, it is increasingly important to be able to characterise nanomaterials within biological systems and understand their behaviour in order to protect human health and the environment. Significant efforts are being made to ensure the appropriate regulatory frameworks are in place to support this …

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Jul 06

Nanotechnology: The big challenge behind the characterisation of the small

Nanotechnologies are everywhere, from the medicines we take to the food we eat and the sporting equipment we use, but what do we really know about the potential effects when they come into contact with complex matrices and how do we ensure that nanoproducts are safe? The global market for nanomaterials is estimated by the …

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May 11

Hot off the press: Catalyst newsletter is out now

Have you ever wondered about the causes of water pollution or how we can find a solution to drug resistant diseases? To learn about these and other measurement issues, download the latest issue of Catalyst, a newsletter which brings you highlights of LGC’S activities as a designated National Measurement Institute (NMI) under the UK National …

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Jul 23

Size Matters! Solving nanoparticle toxicity challenges

You may be surprised to learn that nanoparticles are already incorporated in over 1300 commercial products from food and consumer products to electronics, automotive and medical products. With the 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, news of how nanotechnology can revolutionise sport has hit the headlines, raising questions as to where the line should be drawn …

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May 11

A tasty portion of nanoparticles

Nanomaterials are used in food packaging, for example, lining beer bottles with ‘nanoclay’ to help prevent the brew from going flat or embedding silver nanoparticles in plastic food storage containers to keep food fresher for longer. Nanomaterials can potentially also be used to create foods with traditional taste, but with lower-than-normal levels of fat, salt …

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