International Environmental Nanotechnology Conference
October 7-8, 2008
new opportunities to improve our ability to detect, monitor, control, and
clean up environmental pollutants and contaminants
potential new risks to human health and the environment
This conference followed two previous successful EPA environmental nanotechnology conferences, the first held in Washington, DC (October 2005) and the second in Chicago, IL (September 2006) The scope of this conference was expanded to take on an international perspective, and plenary sessions included keynote addresses by international experts. The keynotes introduced each of the subtopics that were highlighted during subsequent concurrent sessions. The following nanotechnology or nanomaterial subtopics were addressed:
Water Remediation - applications of nanotechnology to decontaminate
surface water or groundwater.
Soil and Sediment Remediation - applications of nanotechnology to decontaminate soil or sediments.
Water Pollution Control - applications of nanotechnology to treat water prior to release to the environment or release into drinking water distribution systems.
Air Pollution Control - applications of nanotechnology to treat emissions prior to release to the environment or to purify indoor air.
Nano-enabled Sensing - nanotechnology applications to improve environmental contaminant or pollutant detection.
Environmental Fate & Transport - migration, transformations (biotic and abiotic), and sinks of nanomaterials in the physical environment from the point of environmental release to the point of biological exposure or long-term stable abiotic residence.
Biological Exposure - nanomaterial bioavailability, biological uptake (& barrier) mechanisms, biotic migration (organismal, cellular & subcellular), internal biological transformations, bioaccumulation, and food chain transfer.
Toxicity - biological effects of nanomaterials including mechanisms of toxicity, modes of action, biotic sensitivities and vulnerabilities (ecosystem through molecular), and dose-response relationships.