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MRS 2010 Fall Meeting

The Materials Research Society's Fall Meeting will include a symposium dedicated to the development of interdisciplinary approaches to safer nanotechnologies. The deadline for abtract submission is 22 June.

MRS Symposium RR: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Safe Nanotechnologies

As engineered nanomaterials provide a new range of material properties compared to their bulk counterparts, new environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risks must be addressed. This provides new challenges and opportunities for materials scientists, ranging from developing new materials for environmental remediation to evaluating the safety of nanotherapeutics for cancer treatment. The nanoEHS evaluation of nanomaterials should begin early in the research cycle by the pairing of nanomaterials scientists with biologists and toxicologists to achieve maximum scientific impact. This symposium aims to bring together the materials, environmental engineering, and toxicology communities to address these challenges with an interdisciplinary approach.

Session Topics will include:

  • Measuring nanomaterials and interfaces in biologically relevant conditions
  • Detection and quantification of nanomaterials in complex matrices
  • Predictive tools for assessing the nanoEHS risk of new nanomaterials
  • Biological model systems for nanomaterial EHS evaluation
  • Green(er) nanomaterials synthesis and manufacturing methods
  • Nanomedicine?lessons in engineered nanomaterial toxicity and safety
  • Nanomaterials for environmental remediation
  • Silver nanoparticles?a new or old EHS risk?

Invited Speakers (Tentative):

Ken Dawson (Univ. College Dublin, Ireland), Saber Hussain (Air Force Research Lab), James Hutchison (Univ. of Oregon), Asa Jamting (National Measurement Inst., Australia), Jean-Pierre Jolivet (Collège de France, Paris, France), Debra Kaiser (National Inst. of Standards and Technology), Al Kennedy (U. S. Army Corps of Engineers), Jeff Morris (U. S. Environmental Protection Agency), Arianne Neigh (NanoComposix), Anil Patri (NCL: Nanotechnology Characterization Lab), Vince Castranova (National Inst. of Occupational Safety and Health), James A. Smith (Univ. of Virginia), Robert Tanguay (Oregon State Univ.), and Mark Wiesner (Duke Univ.).

Symposium Organizers:

Robert I. MacCuspie
National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Ceramics Division, MS 8520,100 Bureau Dr.,
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8520
Tel 301-975-6064, Fax 301-975-5334,

Gregory V. Lowry
Carnegie Mellon University,
Civil and Environmental Engineering,
119 Porter Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Tel 412-268-2948, Fax 412-268-7813,

Stacey Harper
Oregon State University, 1007 ALS, Corvallis, OR 97331
Tel 541-737-2791, Fax 541-737-7966,

Corinne Chaneac
Collège de France, Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris - UMR7574 (UPMC/CNRS), Batiment C - 4e étage 11,
pl. Marcelin Berthelot, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
Tel 33-1-4427-1529,


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