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Safer Nano 2007 Event: March 12-13, Eugene, OR

This year's conference focused on educating stakeholders on the benefits of using a proactive approach to developing responsible nanotechnologies. The second day of the conference concluded with our technical session describing research progress of the Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative in designing environmentally benign nanomaterials. In addition to our technical session, we sponsored a free public forum on nanotechnology on Monday evening.

Technical Program
Monday, 12 March 2007 | Invitrogen Corporation Strategies for designing, evaluating and producing inherently safe nanomaterials
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8:00 am > Coffee and registration
8:30 am > Introduction by Jim Hutchison, UO and Augie Sick, Invitrogen
9:00 am > Vicki Colvin, Rice University:
11:15 am > "Safety by Design: A Principle for Green Manufacturing"
10:00 am > Break - Spondored by Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
10:15 am > Paul Anastas, Yale University, "The Imperative of Green Chemistry for Nano"
11:15 am > Jim Hutchison, U of O ::
11:15 am > Toward greener production of nanomaterials:
11:15 am > Lessons from functionalized nanoparticle synthesis
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12:00 pm > Lunch
1:00 pm > Paul Slovic, U of O ::
11:15 am > Perception and Acceptance of Risk from Nanotechnologies [ PDF 1.3MB ]
2:00 pm > Robert Tanguay, OSU ::
11:15 am > Defining in Vivo Nanomaterial/Biological Interactions [ PDF 1.8MB ]
3:00 pm > Skip Rung, ONAMI ::
11:15 am > Blue Sky to Green Dollars - Why Safer Nano is a Win-Win [ PDF 856KB ]
3:30 pm > Poster presentations [with refreshments]

Public Forum on Nanotechnology "Exploring the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology in the Context of Nanoparticle-based Solar Cells"

ONAMI, OMSI, SNNI and UO co-hosted a public forum on nanotechnology on Monday evening. The forum focused on engaging the public in exploring the societal benefits and potential risks of nanotechnology. A panel of experts started the evening with a brief introduction of nanotechnology in the context of solar cells. The audience had the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, then broke into smaller group discussions with student moderators.
The group met and discussed the risks/benefits of using nanotechnology to improve solar cells. The general consensus was that the public supported production of solar cells if (1) they were kept in formed on risks as well as benefits and (2) greener manufacturing methods were established.

Panel of Experts:
Paul Anastas, Professor of Green Chemistry, Yale University
Vicki Colvin, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Rice University
Jim Hutchison, Professor of Chemistry, Director of SNNI and MSI, University of Oregon

Monday Evening, 12 March 2007
University of Oregon Campus, Erb Memorial Union, Gumwood Room
7:00 - 7:05 > Introduction and welcome
7:05 - 7:20 > Nano 101 by Vicki Colvin
7:20 - 7:35 > Intro to nano energy and green chemistry by Paul Anastas and Jim Hutchison
7:35 - 7:50 > Q & A for Panel
7:50 - 8:40 > Small group discussions
8:40 - 9:00 > Reconvene for small group report back
9:00 - 9:00 > Conclusion of Forum

Tuesday, 13 March 2007 | Invitrogen Corporation
ONAMI's Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative Technical Session
SNNI Technical Presentations
8:00 am > Breakfast and Registration
8:30 am > Introduction by Bettye Maddux
9:00 am > Peter Mirau, AFRL, "Interfaces in Nanocomposites"

Peter Mirau provided an overview of nanocomposites followed by his latest research in the design of polymer nanocomposites, encapsulated biopolymers, such as silica templated with polypeptides, and polyelectrolyte membranes for fuel cells.

10:00 am > Break and poster session
11:00 am > Designing Safer Nanoparticles

Jim Hutchison [University of Oregon] discussed SNNI’s progress on developing a well-characterized and pure library of functionalized nanoparticles. Eric Johnson [University of Oregon] and Robert Tanguay [Oregon State University] discussed their latest findings concerning biological responses of these nanoparticles that fed back into the design of the library of nanoparticles. Andy Berglund [University of Oregon] discussed his Task’s latest progress to use biological materials to control the shape and size of nanoparticles and outlined the invention of the ISOS [In vitro Selection on Surfaces] device for SELEX [Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential Enrichment] on surfaces.

12:00 pm > Lunch, provided
1:00 pm > Integrating Nanoparticles & Nanostructures into Materials and Devices

Doug Keszler [Oregon State University] and David Johnson [University of Oregon] discussed their latest advances in developing greener approaches to produce nanocomposites and nanolaminates and further defined applications for these nanostructures. Shane Addleman [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory] reported on current efforts in self-assembly of nanoparticles using supercritical fluids and DNA combing methods for nanopatterning. Mark Lonergan [University of Oregon] described recent results in understanding the electronic and optical properties of nanoparticles

2:30 pm > Developing Greener Nanomanufacturing of Nanoparticles

Jim Hutchison [UO] and Steve Kevan [UO] described chemical synthesis and characterization of functionalized gold nanoparticles. Chih-hung Chang [OSU] and Sundar Atre [OSU] discussed microreactor designs and nanoparticle production in nanofactories for larger scale production of metal and ceramic nanoparticles, respectively.

4:00 pm > Wrap-up

For an overview of the SNNI research objects click here

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