Sessions and Chairs

Conference Chair Navid Saleh
Conference Co-Chair Onur Apul
Tribute Session to Vicki Grassian
Sarah Larsen
Fate and Transport Stacey Louie, Adeyemi Adeleye
Nano-scale applications Bob Hurt
Nano-energy Cafer Yavuz
Nano-exposure Candace Tsai, Christie Sayes
Food and Agriculture Mariya Khodakovskaya
Nano-education Deb Newberry,
Anjali Mulchandani
Nano-enabled membranes Davin Shaffer, Francosi Perreault
Nanosensors Wunmi Sadik, Manavi Yadav
Poster Session L Stetson Rowles III

Nano Energy

Energy applications of nanomaterials span from photovoltaics of quantum dots to thermochemical heterogeneous catalysis by metal clusters. It is a vast topic, drawing significant interest from all disciplines of sciences and engineering. The rise of renewable and sustainable energy research in response to global warming demands a special focus on how sustainable nanotechnology is shaping up the energy technology developments. In this session, we will be covering impact of sustainability in the nanoscale energy technologies, broadly covering topics related to renewables, carbon capture and conversion, and energy conservation and efficiency. Policy related talks are also welcome, particularly if they present field studies.

Chair: Cafer Yavuz

Nano-Enabled Membranes

The session invites abstracts on research to enhance the permeability, selectivity, and interfacial properties of membranes through the incorporation of nanotechnology. Research topics may include mixed matrix membranes, 2D membranes, membrane catalytic reactors, antifouling membranes, and membrane adsorbers enabled by nanomaterials and nanotechnology. Applications of interest cover water and wastewater treatment, air purification, or industrial separations. The session seeks to share advances in science and engineering to improve the performance of membrane separations for human health, energy, and environmental applications.

Chairs: Devin Shaffer, Francois Perreault

Nano- Education

Just as nanotechnology based research is rapidly developing and evolving – the nano education arena is undergoing constant change. Educators and educational institutions are constantly looking for new ways to teach nanotechnology as a stand alone discipline and integrate nanoscale concepts into traditional classes. The breadth and depth of nanotechnology as well as the multi-disciplinary and market impact pose substantial challenges for educators at all levels.
This session focuses on sharing the successes as well as the challenges from existing programs and also serves as a forum for presentation and discussion of new ideas and approaches. Often, examples of nano content as it relates to the traditional disciplines and that infusion is of particular interest to educators at all levels. This section also welcomes examples and application of how nanotechnology is used for student outreach.
Finally, the correlation of education content and student outcomes as they relate to employer requirements is critical in developing the needed workforce for the future. Abstracts for presentations on any of the above areas are encouraged and welcome for the 2022 SNO Conference Education Session.

Chairs: Deb Newberry, Anjali Mulchandani

Nano Fate & Transport

The session invites abstracts on research that explores topics relevant to the fate and transport of natural, incidental, and engineered nanoparticles – including nanomaterials of emerging interest, such as nanoplastics and viruses (e.g., SARS-CoV-2) – in natural and built environments. Topics covered will extend from molecular-level aspects of nanoscale investigations, such as nanoparticle-surface interactions, nanoparticle transformations, nano-bio interactions, and unique nanoscale properties, to process- and system-level analyses. Abstracts on the detection and characterization of nanoparticles in environmental and biological samples are also encouraged. The expectation of this session is sharing the state-of-the-art, novel, and mechanistic approaches to answer questions about nanomaterial fate and transport. Studies can include laboratory-scale and pilot-scale research, or modeling efforts.

Chairs: Stacey Louis, Adeyemi Adeleye

Nano-enabled Technologies for the Health and the Environment

This general session invites contributions in which nanoscale materials are used as enabling components in new technologies that benefit the natural environment or human health. These technologies may include new membranes for water treatment, sorbents and catalysts for remediation, new sensors and passive samplers for contaminant detection or personal monitoring, nano-enhanced textiles for personal protective equipment, and diverse nanoenabled approaches that reduce the adverse environmental or health impacts of current technologies or improve their sustainability.

Chair: Bob Hurt

Food and Agriculture

Nanotechnology has great potential to regulate plant growth, protect plants from biotic/abiotic stresses, and enhance food quality. This session will highlight new developments in plant nanotechnology and the safety of plant-derived agricultural products exposed to a wide range of nanomaterials. We specifically invite abstracts on the topics related to new applications and the possible implications of metal, carbon-based nanomaterials, and biodegradable polymeric particles. We welcome presentations related to understanding the mechanisms of the biological effects of nano-sized materials.

Chair: Mariya Khodakovskaya


Exposure science is a multi-disciplinary field. When referring to human exposure, it can be defined as the study of either individual’s or population’s contact, such as by swallowing, breathing, or touching, with substances from the surrounding environment. By extension, exposure scientists are concerned with the induced effects on the human body. But humans aren’t the only receptors. Ecosystems are also exposed to the same substances and those substances induce effects on a variety of species. While sustainable nanomaterials are almost always presumed to induce less detrimental adverse effects on environmental receptors, testing these effects is imperative to the adoption, implementation, and longevity of the sustainable nanotechnology-based solution. And, exposure assessments are needed to understand the type of exposure relevant to the observed effects. This session brings together leaders in the field of exposure science to discuss the most current understanding of sustainable nanomaterial exposures. The speakers will also identify the knowledge gaps that need additional research. The session will give an overview of research activities over the last 20 years as well as project the future of this active research space for the next 20 years. Special emphasis will be placed on potential changes that nanomaterials undergo over type after being introduced into product formulations and/or subjected to environmental conditions.

Chairs: Candace Tsai, Christie Sayes