The goals of the 2019 Environmental Nanotechnology Gordon Conference are to highlight the potential environmental benefits of nanoscale materials and technologies while managing potential risk of implementation. There still exists a number of important unresolved questions concerning the potential environmental and health impacts of the use and production of these materials. This 5th GRC on environmental nanotechnology will focus on the development of nanotechnology to minimize environmental impacts way as well as the potential of nanotechnology to solve critical environmental problems in energy, agriculture, food, and health that can have positive environmental impact. The conference will focus on topics such as in-situ measurement(s) of nanomaterials in complex matrices, cutting-edge research to determine the molecular interactions of these materials with biological entities and model these interactions. In addition, the meeting will discuss nanomaterials that may provide new solutions to pressing environmental problems – especially those associated with the food-water-energy nexus. These include nanotechnology-based sensors for humidity, nutrients, water quality, and biological and chemical contamination as well as biosensors for pathogens, nanotechnology enabled agricultural plant-based products, and nanomaterials for remediation of contaminants in water, soil, and air. The conference will also include a specific session focused on cutting-edge of nanotechnologies, taking a futuristic look at new directions in the field to inform research and engage our community. Environmental Nanotechnology Gordon Research Conference has been a tremendous forum to foster cross-disciplinary and intense scientific discussions involving leaders across scientific fields.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2018. Please check back for updates.
- New Ideas on Properties of Nanomaterials Related to Environmental Risk
- Next Generation Nano-Enabled Treatment Technologies
- Application of Nanotechnology with Environmental Implications
- Exploring Mechanisms and Molecular Interactions of Nanoscale Materials with Biological Systems
- Modeling and Predicting Interactions of Nanomaterials and Biological Systems
- Nano-Bio Sensing Technologies
- Sustainable Nano: Green Design and Life Cycle Assessment
- How Science Is Guiding Decisions About Nanotechnology and the Environment
- Advanced Nanoscale Analyses and Imaging for Environmental Systems