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Safer Nano 2006 Event: Oregon Graduate Institute, Portland, OR, March 6-7, 2006

What is being done to ensure that the promise of nanotechnology, especially the manufacture and handling of nanomaterials, will be realized in a safe and cost effective manner? Leading researchers and industry practitioners addressed these issues in a two day symposia.

This event was sponsored by ONAMI [Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute], FEI Company, and Kennedy Jenks Consultants and hosted by the OHSU Center for Professional Development at OGI.

Monday 6, 2006

Safer Nano Environmental, Health and Safety Best Practices Symposium

In this symposium leading industry professionals addressed issues regarding the toxicology of nano-materials, legal aspects of nanotechnology, application of environmental and safety programs and controls, and the development of Best Known Practices (BKP's) for the industry. The audience was invited to participate in discussions on improving control measures for the industry. This symposium had direct application for those who hold responsibility for environmental and safety in their organizations, including top level managers, scientists, engineers and environmental/safety professionals.

The speaker list included:

  • Skip Rung (ONAMI) gave welcoming remarks and an opening statement.
  • Sean Murdock (Nano Business Alliance) presented an overview of current and future business trends of nanotechnology.
  • Bill Renfro (Kennedy/Jenks Consultants) gave an overview of industry's best known safety practices.
  • Brian King (Schwabe, WIlliamson, Wyatt) discussed legal aspects of EPA regulations regarding industrial safety practices and gave a brief overview of Toxic Control Substance and Clean Air Acts.
  • Dr. Taku Fuji( Kennedy/Jenks Consultants) reported on current data relating to bioaccumulation of nanoparticles in cells and the environment.
  • Roger Ackerson (FEI Company) discussed the application of safety practices in industry.
  • Dr. Barbara Karn (US EPA) described current EPA regulations, best practices for nanotechnology and the development of green nanotechnology.
  • Dr. John LaFemina (Batelle) discussed application controls for carbon nanotubes.
  • Kristen Kulinowski (International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), Rice University)
  • Steve Brown (Intel) discussed volunteer standards in nanotechnology and gave an overview of the International Council on Nanotechnology.

Monday evening: "ONAMI Presents the Nanoworld"

On Monday evening, March 6 the publicwas  invited at no charge to "ONAMI Presents the Nanoworld: Cool Science, Good Jobs, and a Healthy Environment". Sean Murdock, Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance kicked off the evening with a discussion of the importance of nanoscience research for American competitiveness and future job opportunities. Dr. Mike Thompson of FEI Company gave a fascinating image-rich "tour of the nanoworld" made visible by advanced electron microscopes [made in Oregon], and Prof. Jim Hutchison of the University of Oregon introduced ONAMI's work on Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing, describing how nanotechnology, pursued correctly, can avoid safety and environmental risks. In fact, the practice of Green Nanoscience promises significant environmental benefits. This event was geared toward high-school students, which gave them an opportunity to interact with the speakers and many of Oregon's top nanoscience researchers.

The speaker list included:

  • Sean Murdock (Nano Business Alliance) kicked off the evening with a discussion of the importance of nanoscience research for American competitiveness and future job opportunities.
  • Dr. Mike Thompson (FEI) gave a fascinating image-rich "tour of the nanoworld" being made visible by advanced electron microscopes (made in Oregon).
  • Jim Hutchison (University of Oregon) presented current research on safer nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing. He described how nanotechnology, pursued correctly, can avoid safety and environmental risks.

Tuesday 7, 2006

ONAMI's Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Kickoff

How can we rationally design safe nanomaterials to be incorporated into high-performance microscale devices using cost-effective nanomanufacturing methods? SNNI Project Investigators met with our Air Force Research Laboratory sponsors and discussed current and future research collaborations.

The morning session of this technical meeting introduced the scientific activities of the ONAMI Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative [SNNI]. Speakers from AFRL [Air Force Research Laboratory] described current materials and nanoscience research. In addition, these speakers highlighted research goals and future directions for research related to the needs of the Air Force. Next, leaders of the SNNI described the major research activities including design of safer nanomaterials, efficient production of nanoparticles, and the integration of nanomaterials into functional materials and devices. During and following lunch, scientific posters were available for viewing, with a poster discussion in the afternoon. This technical workshop was designed to bring scientists and engineers together to discuss the current and future research activities of ONAMI SNNI. This workshop was particularly applicable to any scientists or engineers interested in ONAMI and the Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative.

The list of speakers:

Air Force Research Laboratory talks:
Peter Mirau first provided an overview of research interests and needs of the Air Force and the Polymers/Materials groups at the Air Force Research Laboratory. He then presented data from his lab using NMR to gain a more global understanding of the structure of templated nanocomposites, particularly at the organic polymer/inorganic interface.

Rajesh Naik uses biological molecules to control the size and shape of novel nanostructures to create lighter, stronger, more programmable materials with tunable optical and electrical properties. In his discussion, he described using biological molecules to build self-assembled environmentally benign nanodevices.

The safer nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing initiative project investigators gave three integrated talks related to current research objectives:

Designing Safer Nanoparticles
Eric Johnson (University of Oregon), Andy Berglund (University of Oregon) and Scott Reed (Portland State University) discussed their plans to use biological materials to control the shape and size of nanoparticles, including functionalizing the surface to make them more biologically benign. They plan to test the bioaccumulation of a well-defined library of nanoparticles in biological systems.

Greener Nanomanufacturing of Nanoparticles
Steve Kevan (University of Oregon), Vincent Remcho (Oregon State University) and Chih-hung Chang (Oregon State University) outlined steps to investigate the mechanisms of nanoparticle production and to develop microreactors for efficient, scaleable production of structurally-defined, functionalized nanoparticles.

Integrating Nanoparticles and Nanostructures into Materials and Devices
Mark Lonergan (University of Oregon), R. Shane Addleman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Doug Keszler (Oregon State University) and David Johnson (University of Oregon) discussed methods they plan to use to identify environmentally-benign chemical strategies to incorporate nanoparticles and nanostructures into devices that preserve, or enhance, the properties of the nanomaterial in applications in electronics, optics and sensing.

For an overview of the SNNI research objects click here.

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