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Environmental Nanotechnology
Novel Approaches to Meet Global Challenges
June 2-7, 2013
Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center
Stowe, VT
Chair:
Nora Savage

Vice Chair:
Paul Westerhoff

Nanotechnology offers tremendous opportunities to improve product performance, human health and welfare, and environmental protection. However, benefits arising from the opportunities created by emerging technologies must be balanced by understanding potential impacts and development of policies that protect public health and the environment. The next twenty years will likely see the creation of novel materials and compounds with the integration of nanotechnology and synthetic biology, nanotechnology and information technology, along with other innovative combinations and mergers. The development of increasingly active nano structures and true atom-by-atom construction of products is likely to occur during this time period as well. As we explore and develop technologies in the fields of energy production, storage and transmission, agriculture pest control and yield, medical therapy and imaging, food and water protection, and other improvements to our quality of life based upon these novel materials; exposure, toxicity and risk assessment data will be needed for successful deployment. In addition, social context is critical for determining whose quality of life is improved and whose may be impaired. This GRC will offer a peek at the horizon of these emerging innovations and attempt to identify potential environmental issues that must be addressed as we move into the future.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmEvolution of nanoscale structures in the environment
Discussion Leader: Kim Jones (Howard University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmMichael Hochella (Virginia Tech University)
"Nano isn't New"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmMichael Spencer (Cornell University)
"Nano is Novel!"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPredicting transport and transformation towards sustainable design
Discussion Leader: Kai Loon Chen (Johns Hopkins University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amVicki Grassian (University of Iowa)
"Adsorption of Environmental and Biologically Relevant Molecules on Nanoparticle Surfaces: Impact on Nanoparticle Contaminant Behavior"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHoward Fairbrother (Johns Hopkins University)
"Carbon Nanotubes and Polymer/CNT Nanocomposites: Photochemical Transformations and Microbial Interactions"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmYongsheng Chen (Georgia Institute of Technology)
"Imaging, quantifying, predicting impacts of nanoparicles on biological local changes"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLifecycle implications of nanomaterials
Discussion Leader: Robert Hurt (Brown University)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmArturo Keller (University of California-Santa Barbara)
"Cycling Through the Stages of Nano"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmJo Anne Shatkin (Vireo Advisors)
"Incorporating Life Cycle Thinking into Risk Assessment for Nanoscale Materials: Case Study of Nanocellulose"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmJulie Beth Zimmerman (Yale University)
"Nano - Greener Living, Better Design"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFood technologies and the environment
Discussion Leader: Richard Canady (International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJorge Gardea-Torresdey (University of Texas-El Paso)
"Is There a Potential Risk of the Transfer of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles into the Food Chain?"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amPrabir Dutta (The Ohio State University)
"Impact of Physicochemical Properties of Engineered Nanomaterials on their Cellular Uptake and Potential Toxicity"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmCristina Sabliov (Louisiana State University)
"Biodistribution and safety of PLGA nanoparticles"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAdvancing agricultural & farming breakthroughs with nanotechnology
Discussion Leader: Hongda Chen (US Department of Agriculture)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmAlistar Boxall (University of York)
"Nanopesticides: How Could We Assess the Risks?"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmCarl Batt (Cornell University)
"Nanoparticle-enhanced SERS detection of small molecules"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmJason Unrine (University of Kentucky)
"Fate and bioavailability of nanomaterials in agroecosystems"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTiny solutions to global water challenges
Discussion Leader: Wei-xian Zhang (Tongji University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMenachem Elimelech (Yale University)
"Nano, Nano Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDavid M. Cwiertny (University of Iowa)
"Nanotube- and nanofibers-enabled chemical treatment strategies: Next generation technologies for water sustainability"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmRuey-an Doong (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
"Multifunctional nanocomposites for water treatment and monitoring"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEcological and biological responses: Nano talks back
Discussion Leader: Andrej Kobe (European Commission)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmRebecca Klaper (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
"Tying molecular-level interactions of nanomaterials and organism to population impacts"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmApril Gu (Northeastern University)
"Molecular, cellular and Ecological Implications of nano-TiO2"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmCole Matson (Baylor University)
"The influence of environmental complexity on nanoparticle behavior, bioavailability, and toxicity"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFantastic voyages of nanopharmaceuticals within biological systems
Discussion Leader: Greg G. Goss (University of Alberta Water Initiative)
9:00 am - 9:40 amKenneth Dawson (University College Dublin)
"Nano- Cruising the Body Electric"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amLanry Yung Lin Yue (National University of Singapore)
"Noble metal nanoparticles for medical applications"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJames Moon (University of Michigan)
"Nanoparticles for modulation of immune responses"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmManufacturing the future: Economy and ecology
Discussion Leader: Rick Pleus (INTERTOX, Inc.)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmDavid Speed (IBM)
"A Nano Here, a Nano There - Pretty Soon You're Talking Real Money"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmDouglas Keszler (Oregon State University)
"Enabling Big and Small Sustainable Nanomanufacturing?"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmDaniel Bernard (ARKEMA France)
"Eco-designed nanomaterials: an answer to nanosafety"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 ES 023264 - 01 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 
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