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Jim Hutchison to give keynote at OECD Conference

Jim Hutchison, SNNI's director, is a keynote speaker at the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Conference on Potential Environmental Benefits of Nanotechnology: Fostering Safe Innovation-Led Growth to be held 15-17 July in Paris, France. Attendance to the conference is by invitation.

The conference will cover both the opportunities and the challenges of the use of nanotechnologies for potential environmental benefit. The aim is to learn from international expertise and to identify ways in which to improve in a timely manner policies with the potential to enhance both short- and long-term economic growth.

The conference will provide an opportunity for governments, academia and industry to consider the state-of-the-art of nanotechnologies, their potential to bring environmental benefits and any potential human health and environmental safety concerns at the same time.

In particular, the conference will address sustainability and life cycle aspects in a variety of sectors in which nanotechnology has the potential to give rise to environmental benefits. Thus, the conference will explore the environmental profiles of emerging nanoscale innovation with the goal of encouraging development of technologies that can result in environmental gain while addressing unintended consequences.

The topics to be addressed will fall into four key areas:

  • Pollution Reduction;
  • Cleaner production;
  • Other benefits including environmental remediation; and
  • Societal drivers such as policy innovations, and business/NGO leadership.

Key areas for case studies will include:

  • Energy generation, storage and conservation
  • Catalysis;
  • Cleaner production;
  • Water treatment and purification;
  • Remediation;
  • Environmental monitoring; and
  • Green chemistry – synthesis and processing of chemicals.

Dr. Hutchison will speak on greener nanoscience – a proactive approach to advancing applications and reducing implications of nanotechnology throughout the life cycle.

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