UV-Vis spectroscopic characterization of nanomaterials in aqueous media

Quevedo, Ana C.; Guggenheim, Emily; Briffa, Sophie M.; Adams, Jessica; Lofts, Stephen ORCID:; Kwak, Minjeong; Lee, Tae Geol; Johnston, Colin; Wagner, Stephan; Holbrook, Timothy R.; Hachenberger, Yves U.; Tentschert, Jutta; Davidson, Nicholas; Valsami-Jones, Eugenia. 2021 UV-Vis spectroscopic characterization of nanomaterials in aqueous media. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 176, e61764. 11, pp.

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The physicochemical characterization of nanomaterials (NMs) is often an analytical challenge, due to their small size (at least one dimension in the nanoscale, i.e. 1–100 nm), dynamic nature, and diverse properties. At the same time, reliable and repeatable characterization is paramount to ensure safety and quality in the manufacturing of NM-bearing products. There are several methods available to monitor and achieve reliable measurement of nanoscale-related properties, one example of which is Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy (UV-Vis). This is a well-established, simple, and inexpensive technique that provides non-invasive and fast real-time screening evaluation of NM size, concentration, and aggregation state. Such features make UV-Vis an ideal methodology to assess the proficiency testing schemes (PTS) of a validated standard operating procedure (SOP) intended to evaluate the performance and reproducibility of a characterization method. In this paper, the PTS of six partner laboratories from the H2020 project ACEnano were assessed through an interlaboratory comparison (ILC). Standard gold (Au) colloid suspensions of different sizes (ranging 5–100 nm) were characterized by UV-Vis at the different institutions to develop an implementable and robust protocol for NM size characterization.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1940-087X
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NORA Subject Terms: Chemistry
Date made live: 29 Oct 2021 11:02 +0 (UTC)

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