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Stacey Harper's Outreach presentation at Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences

SNNI researcher, Dr. Stacey Harper presented a special lecture to the public entitled "Nanotechnology: Huge Science at a Really Small Scale"? at the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences on September 11, 2010. You can see the six part series of her presentation on Yachats Academy's YouTube channel.

Advancing Green Chemistry in Oregon

The Oregon Green Chemistry Advisory Group, which was convened by Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) has released their final report, Advancing Green Chemistry in Oregon. It includes priority recommendations to help drive innovation through the use of green chemistry.

The National Nanotechnology seeks input

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) plans to publish a new strategic plan in December 2010 that will include priorities and objectives for the next 5-10 years.  The goals of the plan are to:

GN10: reducing principles to practice leads off with a "101" class

In an article written by Jim Barlow, director of science and research communications at UO: "Nanotechnology is now the top applied-science priority in the world, and that effort is being led by industry but in strong collaboration across disciplines. However, putting undergraduate-level students into nanotechnology's adoption of green chemistry principles remains vitally important.

Dr. Galya Orr is recognized for science education efforts

At a May 6th ceremony, EMSL’s Galya Orr was recognized as a DOE Outstanding Mentor and as a nominee for the Fitzner-Eberhardt award. Theva Thevuthasan received the 2010 Fitzner-Eberhardt Laboratory Director’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Engineering Education.

Excessive use of toxic materials in medical nanotechnology could be avoided

(Nanowerk Spotlight) Metal nanomaterials are often synthesized using the toxic reagent formaldehyde at concentrations thousands of times higher than necessary. Many of these same nanomaterials are being investigated for use in cancer treatment – however, there is a risk that they could do more harm than good. The large excess of formaldehyde that is used originates from methods developed 100 years ago. Because these methods work well, they have stood the test of time.

Better Living through Chemistry

Most of the millions of electronic gadgets manufactured, bought and discarded annually contain noxious chemicals. The process to produce these gadets require toxic chemicals and chemical processes. In an article printed in New Scientist on 12 March 2010, Dr. Hutchison describes greener alternatives to produce a microcircuit. The article can be assessed through the New Scientist site.

GN10 Reducing principles to practice

SNNI's 5th annual conference, GN10: Reducing principles to practice will feature the latest developments in the design and production of greener nanomaterials, discuss and debate how to move the technology forward while developing environmentally sound products and processes, and focus on a few critical developments that will determine whether the U.S. will be a leader or a follower in this critical field. For more information, check out our registration site here.

Center For Green Materials Chemistry Workshop

The Center for Green Materials Chemistry will hold an Industrial Partners Program at the Lorry I. Lokey Laboratories on the UO campus on Friday, 22 January 2010. This one day program will focus on research and education activities of the Center for Green Materials Chemisty.

The program will include:

  • Technical presentations by faculty and students
  • Overview of industrial activities
  • A tour of the Lorry I. Laboratories

For more information, see: http://www.uoregon.edu/~grnchem/newsevents.html

A new blue pigment

By swapping around a few indium atoms with manganese, Dr. Mas Subramanian's laboratory found a simple route to a family of environmentally benign, chemically / thermally stable blue pigments (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja9080666). The team was looking actually looking for a multiferroic material (e.g. both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric), so they were doping YInO3 with Mn to make YIn1- xMnxO3.

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