Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale Version 1.0 Now Available

A complete version of the Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (UDS) is now available for download.

Version 1.0 of the UDS is the result of three years of work and meetings by the CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on Nanomaterials. The UDS contains 18 tables of detailed descriptors and their definitions that are directly applicable for reporting nanomaterials research results, identifying nanomaterials in regulations and standards, developing formats for nanoinformatics resources, specifying nanomaterials in commercial transactions, and other uses.

The approach by NQCG for describing the physical structure of nano-objects is mentioned on page 18 under D. Physical Structure, see excerpt below:

At present, no general system exists for describing the physical structure of nano-objects, or of physical models that could be used as a basis for a general system. Some classes of nano-objects, such as carbon nanotubes, have had their physical structure considered in detail. For a comprehensive approach to the description of the physical structure of nanocarbon, see http://www.slideshare.net/AxelPeterMUSTAD.

The next goal of the CODATA-VAMAS Work Group on the Description of Nanomaterials would be how to continue expanding the UDS. This should involve the nanoinformatics community much more.

Further information about CODATA-VAMAS UDS: http://www.codata.org/nanomaterials

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