Nanomaterial ontologies for nanosafety: a rose by any other name…

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The future of nanotechnology, along with all the economic and societal implications this entails, might depend on getting one thing right: an agreed naming framework. To be successful, this framework will have to be transparent, consistent, easy to adopt by the nanoscience community and all its satellite fields (from biology and medicine to engineering and agriculture) and enable harmonisation of discoveries to date and lay the foundation for the discoveries of tomorrow. The naming revolution is speerheaded by the “young” field of nanosafety, where harmonisation of terminology is crucial for the development of a database of nanosafety data - and it is needed fast. The database will facilitate re-use of existing pockets of data for modelling, prediction and risk assessment, thereby supporting the route to market for nano-enabled products.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nanomedicine Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016


  • Nanomaterials, Ontology, Nanosafety, Nanotechnology, Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental chemisty, Data management, Nanoinformatics