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JRC scientists introduce "representative test materials"

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The term became necessary for establishing temporary benchmarks for measurements of new material properties

Scientists from the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) have recently published a paper providing an overview of existing types of reference materials and introducing a new class of "representative test materials (RTM)".

This term became necessary for establishing temporary benchmarks for measurements of new material properties. Furthermore, it paves the way forward in cases for which there is no existing reference material for the new target properties, but where there is a suitable material with established homogeneity and stability for other properties.

The JRC paper highlights the special relevance of this term for new and emerging technology domains, such as nanotechnology, where basic measurement issues still need to be solved. Examples are provided from the field of nanomaterials, including reference materials and representative test materials developed at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, in particular at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) and at the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP).

Read more:

G. Roebben1, K. Rasmussen2, V. Kestens1, T. P. J. Linsinger1, H. Rauscher2, H. Emons1 and H. Stamm2, "Reference materials and representative test materials: the nanotechnology case", J. Nanopart. Res. 15, 1455 (2013); doi:10.1007/s11051-013-1455-2

(1) Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Retieseweg 111, 2440 Geel, Belgium
(2)
Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Via E. Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra, VA, Italy

Photo: Scattering of laser light, used to indirectly estimate size and concentration of nanoparticles in water. Copyright EU 2013.

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