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NanoInformatics 2015: Enabling successful discovery and applications

Written by: 
Jeff Morse, Ph.D.

The Nanoinformatics 2015 workshop will bring together stakeholders in order to assess the state of informatics relevant to the all aspects of the nanotechnology enterprise and to set priority targets for the future formation of a community of practice rather than an aggregation of individual research interests. From materials to processes to products; accessible data, information, models, and simulations will enable innovators to optimize performance and accelerate the innovation cycle from concept to product. Scientists and engineers will be able to efficiently assess the safety of new nanomaterials and quantitatively implement best practices of safe manufacturing and usage of nanomaterials throughout product lifecycles. Scientists will share predictive models and data that enable the design and discovery of nanomaterials and the resulting performance of systems that use them. This years event being sponsored by the NNN will be held January 26-28, 2015 at the Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel in Arlington, VA . The workshop will additionally include a pre-workshop half-day tutorial on Nanoinformatics.

Nanoinformatics encompasses aspects of data collection, tools, and sharing, along with associated applications that are becoming a key element of nanotechnology research, nanotechnology environmental health and safety (nanoEHS), product development and sustainable manufacturing. The organization of nanomaterial data into interoperable databases will provide the necessary tools/platforms for companies to quantify liability threats; comply with regulations; minimize materials usage, energy consumption, and overall cost; while ensuring safety to people and the environment. Nanoinformatics will enable the digital thread throughout the value chain and accelerate innovations through expanded resources and capabilities. Building upon the growing base of manufacturing resources and intellectual infrastructure, Nanoinformatics 2015 will provide overviews on present database development projects, tools, and resources currently being leveraged; discuss gaps and challenges with establishing an open access informatics infrastructure; facilitate synergistic discussions of emerging applications; and provide ample opportunities for collaboration amongst the community stakeholders.

Nanoinformatics 2015 will review the state of the art in methods for collecting, archiving, modeling, visualizing, and sharing data and identify opportunities and gaps for expanding the roadmap for nanoinformatics.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Process modeling and control
  • Materials supply chain
  • Life cycle inventory data
  • System scale-up methodology
  • NanoEHS data and models
  • Data workflow processes
  • Nanomaterials properties data
  • Data mining tools and opportunities
  • Database design and accessibility
  • Design for manufacturability
  • Minimal data sets
  • Interlaboratory studies
  • Materials modeling and characterization
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Sharing practices and incentives