Sessions and Chairs


Devices and Sensors

Papers in this session focus on the need to develop sensors, new instruments, approaches, and/or further refinement of existing tools for characterizing nanomaterials and using nanomaterials as sensors to detect chemicals of interest.




Green/advanced synthetic materials and manufacturing

Chuck Geraci

Chuck Geraci, NIOSH

Candace Tsai

Candace Tsai



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.






Education

Chuck Geraci

Deb Newberry
Newberry Technology
Associates

SNO Conference educational session focuses on diverse nanotechnology education programs and courses. This focus on this focus and welcomed content includes innovative or multi-disciplinary content, research, outreach experiences and experiments for students and educators. Content can include applications for many grade levels form . Information can be applicable to multiple grade levels from high school lever to graduate level. We would love to hear about what you are doing to let folks know about and understand nanotechnology.














Epidemiology

Matt Dahm

Matt Dahm, NIOSH

Gaku Ichihara

Gaku Ichihara, University of Tokyo





Fate & Transport

The session encourages abstracts on new research to better understand and predict the fate and transport of nanomaterials and their biological interactions in natural environments as well as engineering and biomedical applications. Topics covered will extend from fundamental nanoscale investigations of nanoparticle transformations and cellular interactions, to broad system-level analyses of nanomaterial fate, transport and exposure. Innovative approaches to address these topics through laboratory experiments, field studies, and modeling are all encouraged.



Nanomedicine, Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications, Nanosafety

Jared M. Brown

Jared M. Brown
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus

Jonathan H. Shannahan

Jonathan H. Shannahan
Purdue University



This session will discuss development of nanomedicines and their pharmaceutical and medical applications with a focus on safe implementation of these materials into the clinic. Areas to be addressed include the research needed to develop safer nanomedicines; methods to assess safety of nanomaterials used in pharmaceutical and medical applications; clinical and pre-clinical assessments of nanomedicine efficacy and safety.



Nanotoxicology and Human Health Risk Assessment

Alison Elder

Alison Elder, University of Rochester

Jenny Roberts

Jenny Roberts, CDC/NIOSH


Our understanding of how engineered nanomaterials encountered in consumer products, the workplace, and the environment might impact human health has grown considerably over the last decade. The looming challenge in this field is addressing the complexity of exposure from the point of manufacture through disposal and developing strategies to incorporate information from many diverse sources. This session will focus on the latest advances in the nanomaterials risk assessment process and will include topics such as incorporation of adverse outcome pathway analyses, the use of in vitro findings, biomarker discovery, and the use of machine learning to support hazard evaluation



Occupational and Environmental Exposure Assessment

Michael Riediker

Michael Riediker

Jürgen Brune

Jürgen Brune


Exposure to nanomaterials and their aggregates and agglomerates can occur at the workplace and the general environment. During this session, we invite talks that provide a good characterisation of the exposure to nanomaterials and encourage the reporting of meta-data helpful for life-cycle and risk-analysis and -management such as sources and release types; information on activities, processes, and protective efforts; and the strategy for choosing exposure metrics.



Risk Governance of Nanomaterials and Advanced Materials: Theory to Application

Sally Tinkle

Sally Tinkle,
Science and Technology
Policy Institute

Lynn L. Bergeson

Lynn L. Bergeson,
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.



The session chairs welcome abstracts on:

  • assumptions underlying the risk governance concept and their implications for nanotechnology risk governance
  • frameworks for risk governance and approaches to operationalize them, including gaps and barriers to implementation
  • physical and biological data needs for evidence-based decision making
  • identification of stakeholder communities and approaches for meaningful stakeholder participation in risk governance
  • experiences with nanomaterials and nano-enabled product innovation with regards to safety issues and/or regulation
  • policy and regulatory gaps and barriers to nanomaterials and advanced materials R&D and commercialization



Sustainability and Energy

Barbara Karn

Barbara Karn, SNO

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.










Sustainable Food and Agriculture

There is a globally recognized need for solutions to sustainably advance the future of food and agriculture systems. Novel applications of nanomaterials are being developed and propose substantial benefits through their use in applications across the agriculture system. Our symposium will highlight the recent advances in this emerging area of sustainable nanotechnology research. We specifically invite abstracts on the topics related to applications (e.g., precision agriculture input, disease detection and intervention, food quality and safety improvement, etc.), assessment of potential implications (we are particularly interested in studies that advance our mechanistic understanding of nanomaterial plant interactions), lab- and field-scale studies, and systems-level sustainability assessment.



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.