The NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program and EPA have organized a series of Risk e-Learning internet seminars on "Nanotechnology: Applications and Implications for Superfund." The series will focus on the potential of nanotechnology to improve methods for characterizing and remediating hazardous waste sites and also look at the potential risks of engineered nanomaterials. This series will run through 2007. Seminars that have already taken place are available through the archives.
Nanotechnology and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) Symposium took place in July 2006. Presentation slides, biographies of the presenters, and session highlights are now available online.
National Center For Environmental Research (NCER):
Introduction to Nanotechnology - Applications and Implications for Superfund - January 18, 2007: Covers definitions, forms and uses of nanotechnology including superfund-related issues on how these materials may be used to detect or treat contaminated media.
Nanotechnology - Metal Remediation - February 13, 2007: Highlights the potential of nanotechnology-based approaches to remove metals from drinking water.
Nanotechnology - Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) Remediation - March 15, 2007: This seminar explores both the theoretical potential and practical challenges associated with the application of nanoscale particles for in situ remediation of DNAPLs.
Nanotechnology - Superfund Site Remediation - April 19, 2007: This seminar will focus on field studies where nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) has been applied for groundwater remediation.
Nanotechology - Environmental Sensors - May 31, 2007: Examines the use of nanotechnology in environmental sensors.