WorldFAIR Output Webinar Series: Chemistry and Nanomaterials – recording now available!

This webinar presented the first deliverables published by WP03, Chemistry and WP4, Nanomaterials.

The session recording is available below and on the WorldFAIR YouTube channel.

The presentation slides from Leah are available here; those from Iseult will be available here shortly.

About the webinar


Aligning IUPAC Standards with FAIR Data Practices

Digital recommendations for Chemistry FAIR data policy and practice (D3.1)

This report reviews some of the critical and persistent issues around documentation of chemical information. It also considers documentation requirements to achieve FAIR sharing of chemistry data in ways that are Reliable, Interpretable, Processable, and Exchangeable (RIPE), and with minimal loss of quality.

Speaker: Leah McEwen

  • Leah holds an M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University and an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. 
  • She has been the Chemistry Librarian at Cornell since 1999, supporting information discovery and data management needs for the research community. 
  • She is an active contributor to national and international data initiatives, founding the Chemistry Research Data Interest Group (DIG Chemistry) of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and organizing thematic programs on chemical data standards. 
  • She is currently chair of the Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), responsible for the design and implementation of digital standards and lead on the WorldFAIR Chemistry project to advance FAIR data practices in Chemistry.


WorldFAIR Nanomaterials: Towards unique representation and identification of nanomaterials – supporting FAIR Data Practices.

Nanomaterials domain-specific FAIRification mapping (D4.1)

This deliverable presents the initial FAIR implantation Profile (FIP) which describes the current state of the field (an ‘As-Is’ FIP) and discusses the domain-specific challenges relating to nanomaterials and its FAIR landscape. It then lays out the developments needed to reach the ‘To-Be’ FIP, as the optimal approach to make nanomaterials and nanosafety data FAIR, based on current best practice.

The goal of the WorldFAIR Nanomaterials project is to pioneer practical real-time solutions to enable FAIR nanomaterials data through:

• Organizing and collating the existing materials, tools and training to support FAIR nanomaterials data into a one-stop-shop for nanomaterials and nanosafety researchers, and providing practical guidance for their use;

• Addressing gaps in standards including for representing and identifying nanomaterials, through further development of the extension of InChI to cover also nanomaterials, and implementation of “on the fly” approaches for metadata annotation to reduce the disconnect between data generation & data management;

• Driving a change in the mindset of nanomaterials researchers and stakeholders regarding the value and benefits of data FAIRification, moving it from an archiving issue to a much more dynamic machine interaction with the data for use in predictive modelling, materials design, design of experiments and more.

Speaker: Iseult Lynch, University of Birmingham

Iseult Lynch holds a PhD in Chemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland. She is Chair (Professor) of Environmental Nanosciences at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (UoB). Her research interests span development and optimisation of nanoscale materials for a range of environmental applications such as precision agriculture, and assessment of the human and environmental impacts of engineered and anthropogenic nanoscale materials, including using predictive machine learning models. She has pioneered the concept of the biomolecule and environmental coronas, and the development of enhanced understanding of the interactions of nanoscale materials with living systems. She has developed tools and approaches to support researchers with data management and FAIRification of nanosafety data, including leading the extension of the IUPAC Identifier for Chemicals to cover nanomaterials. She is co-Lead on FAIR data in the €400 million Partnership for Assessment of the Risks of Chemicals (PARC). She is a Clarivate highly cited researcher (cross-field, 2018 and 2022), and a passionate advocate of women in STEM.

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