NSF PA/M 03-22 - May 1, 2003
Workshop on Nanotechnology Grand Challenges in the Environment to Be
Held at NSF
Arlington, VA - A multidisciplinary group of scholars will meet
at the National Science Foundation (NSF) May 8-9, 2003, for a
visionary planning workshop to discuss how nanotechnology
research can be used to protect, inform, manage and improve the
environment and how potential harm from nanotechnology can be
studied and prevented. This workshop is one of several held
under the auspices of the National Nanotechnology Initiative
(NNI) and will address research planning for both the
environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology.
The workshop's May 8 morning session, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., is
open to the media. NSF's Mihail Roco, chair of the U.S. National
Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Nanoscale
Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET), will present an
overview of U.S. government efforts in nanotechnology research
and development. Barbara Karn from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) will give the charge and goal to the
workshop participants. Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of
California, Davis, will give a plenary talk on the relationship
between nanotechnology and the environment, followed by plenary
speakers on the five broad topics explored in the workshop:
- Michael Zachariah, University of Minnesota-Applications for
measurement in the environment: Sensors, monitors, models,
separations, detection, data gathering and dissemination.
- Kenneth Geiser, University of Massachusetts, Lowell-Applications
for sustainable materials and resources: Water, waste (including
reuse and recycling), pollution and energy issues.
- Kenneth Klabunde, Kansas State University-Applications for
sustainable processes: Bottom-up manufacturing, waste and water
treatment, remanufacture and reuse, self-assembling systems,
biomimicry and hierarchical structures.
- Richard C. Flagan, California Institute of Technology-Implications in natural and
global processes: Climate change; transport of aerosols,
colloids and particulates; biomineralization; the role of
- Günter Oberdörster, University of Rochester-Implications in
health and environmental safety: Environmental health,
persistence, toxicity, fate and transport and the wet-dry
Workshop participants will debate these topics in smaller groups
and develop a vision for future research. The results of the
workshop will be released in a report following the meeting.
Workshop on Nanotechnology Grand Challenges in the Environment
Mihail Roco of NSF, Barbara Karn of EPA and workshop plenary speakers
Thursday, May 8, 2003
8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery Ballroom, Hilton Arlington & Towers (adjacent to NSF)
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203 (above the Ballston metro stop)
For more information, contact David Hart, 703-292-7737, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Estella Waldman, 202-564-6836,
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