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Reference nanomaterials to improve the reliability of nanoscale measurements



Gert Roebben, Vincent A. Hackley, Hendrik Emons


Reference materials are essential tools to assure the quality of measurement results, from R&D labs to production facilities. They help increase the reliability of measurements, as laboratories can use reference materials to verify, for themselves, and demonstrate, for third parties, the precision and trueness of their measurement results. This chapter does not cover the fine details of the preparation and characterisation (and value assignment) of (certified) reference materials. To learn about these aspects of reference material production, the reader is referred to a number of relevant ISO standards and publications on this subject. Instead, this chapter focuses on how reference materials are used in practice, with examples from the area of nanoscale measurements. The examples shown correspond with the various intended uses for a reference material (quality control, instrument calibration, and method validation), after which the sections of this chapter are named.
Metrology and Standardization of Nanomaterials
Publisher Info
Wiley VCH, Weinheim, -1


standards, reference materials, nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanoscale, size measurement, quality control


Roebben, G. , Hackley, V. and Emons, H. (2017), Reference nanomaterials to improve the reliability of nanoscale measurements, Metrology and Standardization of Nanomaterials, Wiley VCH, Weinheim, -1, [online], (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created February 28, 2017, Updated October 12, 2021