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Environmental Nanotechnology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Product Innovations and Novel Methodologies in Environmental Nanotechnology


June 17-18, 2017


Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT


Leanne M. Gilbertson & Drew Story

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Environmental Nanotechnology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on product innovations and novel methodologies in the field of environmental nanotechnology. After over twenty years of nanotechnology research and development and over a decade of studying potential implications of nanomaterials, scientists and engineers are equipped with the information necessary to make informed decisions about nano-enabling products. Or are we? This is a critical question, particularly in the development of nano-enabled applications with direct exposure pathways to humans and the environment. Ensuring that the use of nanomaterials does not lead to future unintended consequences is at the foundation of environmental nanotechnology and sustainable "nano" design. The 2017 GRS aims to engage discussion that celebrates promising nano-enabled applications and new approaches to evaluate trade-offs in a way that ensures sustainable development and implementation.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Environmental Nanotechnology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Perspectives on Environmental Nanotechnology: Past, Present and Future
Discussion Leader: Matthew Chan (Virginia Tech, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmOpening Remarks
3:50 pm - 4:20 pmMark Wiesner (Duke University, USA)
"So It's Not the Next Asbestos! So Where Is Environmental Nanotechnology Research Going?"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNanotechnology: Novel Applications and Advantages to Current Alternatives
This session will include cutting edge nanotechnologies (particularly those being developed for environmental applications) with the focus on identified advantages over the current technology or novel functionality enabled through the incorporation of nanomaterials.
Discussion Leader: Eric Melby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:55 pmJustin Kidd (Arizona State University, USA)
"Silver Impregnated Graphene Oxide Removes Bromide from Surface Waters"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmLydia Kisley (Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Proteins in Nanoporous Hydrogels: Adsorption, Diffusion, and Folding"
8:20 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:45 pmWesley Webster (Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, Deakin University, Australia)
"Nitrogen Fixation Promotion Using Nano-Materials as Rhizobial Inoculation Tools"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:10 pmGongde Chen (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"Synthesis and Application of Highly Reductive TiO2-Based Photocatalyst for Hexavalent Chromium and Nitrate Removal"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amLeading Methodologies for Evaluating Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Nanotechnology
Environmental nanotechnologies are developed to introduce an added advantage or benefit, yet the utilization of nanomaterials is not without impact (e.g., embedded energy, ecotoxicity elicited from release). This session will feature research aimed at developing methods and approaches to evaluating these impacts and their trade-offs and informing improved design of emerging nano-enabled products.
Discussion Leader: Lisa Stabryla (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:25 amMark Falinski (Yale University, USA)
"Simplified Selection: Adapting Traditional Selection Frameworks to Consider Sustainability and Functionality in Emerging Nanomaterials"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amEvan Gray (Brown University, USA)
"Stability of 2D MoO3 and MnO2 in Biological and Environmental Media"
9:50 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:15 amRonald Lankone (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Nanomaterial Release Following Natural Weathering of Polymer Nanocomposites and Commercial Products"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:40 amRebecca Weiner (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA)
"Polymer/Noble Metal Nanocomposites: A Model System to Assess Exposure to Nanotechnology-Enabled Food Packaging Materials"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Journal Editor Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will feature editors of leading journals in the field of environmental nanotechnology who will provide insight into the goals and future directions of their journal, submission process, and tips for achieving publication success.
Discussion Leaders: Kathryn Riley (Swarthmore College, USA) and Alyssa Deline (Oregon State University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Achieving Publication Success"
  • Howard Fairbrother (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Jorge G-Torresdey (University of Texas at El Paso, USA)
  • Vicki Grassian (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Rebecca Klaper (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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