Sessions and Chairs

Sustainable water treatment and remediation

Dr. Navid Saleh

Navid Saleh, UTexas Austin

Dr.Onur Apul

Onur Apul, UMass Lowell

Contamination of our water sources with persistent contaminants and new and resistant microbes has been challenging environmental engineers to develop treatment solutions. The past two decades in environmental nanotechnology research has guided the community toward safe and sustainable nano-enabled treatment processes and devices design. Nanotechnology is providing an effective avenue for overcoming insurmountable environmental challenges that traditional approaches have be stunted to arrive at; e.g., degradation and removal of persistent per-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), reduction of biofouling of desalination membranes, fast and effective disinfection of resistant microbes, real-time sensing of contaminants in our water bodies, and targeted remediation of groundwater contaminants in complex site conditions.

We welcome technical abstracts that include but are not limited to emerging issues on detection and removal of emerging contaminants (e.g., endocrine disrupting compounds, PFAS, illicit drugs, cannabinoids, microplastics, etc.), disinfection byproducts (DBPs), and emerging viruses and bacteria (e.g., Legionella pneumophila). We also welcome materials studies and studies on fundamental nano-scale interaction, nano-bio interaction, effective integration of nanomaterials into treatment devices, autonomous sensors and contaminant targeting agents, biomimetic materials for treatment, treatment solutions at the nexus of food-energy-water, etc. Studies that aim to harness nano-specific optical, electronic, reactive, and adsorptive properties are of particular interest to this session.

Green/advanced synthetic materials and manufacturing

Chuck Geraci

Chuck Geraci, NIOSH

This session will focus on various aspects of safe, responsible, and sustainable development and deployment of nano and advanced materials. Areas to be addressed include the research needed to develop safer and more sustainable advanced materials; methods to manufacture those materials; and the application of nano and advanced materials in the creation of new and or improved commercial and consumer products. Principles of Green Chemistry, Safer-by-Design, and Sustainability that can be applied to the full life cycle of an advanced material will be explored.


Matt Dahm

Matt Dahm, NIOSH

Gaku Ichihara

Gaku Ichihara, University of Tokyo