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 WP1: Reference Materials



Reference materials are essential to calibrate analytical instruments, develop and validate test methods and assess the performance of individual laboratories. Up to date only few reference materials are available (as aqueous suspensions) for nanoparticles (most of them not relevant for food related applications). Therefore, Work package 1 has three main objectives, namely the production of reference materials for method development and method validation, the development of a solid and sound approach for method validation and compilation of the knowledge gained in the project into a document outlining a reproducible preparation of ENP containing food reference materials, including information on processing, homogeneity and stability. 

·          Supply of well defined and characterised engineered nanoparticles and labelled analogues

·          Production and characterisation of engineered nanoparticles reference materials

·          Development of a metrologically robust method validation approach for engineered nanoparticles in food


WP1 participants

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Commission of the European Communities - Directorate General Joint Research Centre - JRC



Technical University of Denmark 



University of Alberta



The Spanish National Research Council



Technical University of Vienna



Food and Environment Research Agency


United Kingdom



Work Package leader

Dr. Thomas Linsinger

(Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium)


Thomas Linsinger is leader of the Action 'EuropRM' dealing with engineering and nanomaterial reference materials at the European Commission's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM). He is an analytical chemist by training and has more than 10 years of experience in the production and characterization and certification of reference materials, spanning fields so diverse as clinical chemistry, natural toxins, fuels and industrial materials.


Deputy Work Package leader

Dr. Jonathan Veinot (University of Alberta, UAlberta, Canada)


For further information about the work package 1, please contact WP1 leader at  [email protected]


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