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Environmental Nanotechnology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Product Innovations and Novel Methodologies in Environmental Nanotechnology

Dates

June 17-18, 2017

Location

Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
Leanne M. Gilbertson & Drew Story

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 20, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description

Overview

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.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 17, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Environmental Nanotechnology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Saturday
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 pmGongde Chen (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"Synthesis and Application of Highly Reductive TiO2-Based Photocatalyst for Hexavalent Chromium and Nitrate Removal"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJustin Kidd (Arizona State University, USA)
"Silver Impregnated Graphene Oxide Removes Bromide from Surface Waters"
8:20 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:45 pmLydia Kisley (Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Proteins in Nanoporous Hydrogels: Adsorption, Diffusion, and Folding"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:10 pmMichael Manto (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Heterogeneous Catalytic Dephosphorylation for Efficient and Renewable Phosphorus Production"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Sunday
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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