The ONAMI Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative’s (SNNI) 6th annual Greener Nano Conference (GN11) – Advancing Applications and Reducing Risk – will be hosted by Hewlett-Packard Company at its Cupertino, CA site. This year, GN11 will be held in conjunction with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Innovators Roundtable May 4-5. GN11 will explore challenges and opportunities facing nanotechnology in the next decade. We will address reproducibility in nanomaterials syntheses, and discuss methods in understanding nanomaterial properties and the impacts of nanomaterials in biological systems.
A pre-conference workshop, Greener Nano 101, will be held on Sunday, May 1st, followed by an opening dinner reception. This workshop is geared toward those new to the field and will focus on what policy-makers and regulators need to know about nanotechnology.
“NanoEHS” and “green chemistry” have become staples in nearly every undertaking or conversation involving nanotechnology. Is this change in mindset helping the community make progress in designing greener materials and processes, and supporting effective policy? Is the promise of nanomaterials innovation for energy, security, medicine, and for resource conservation and environmental protection being advanced or slowed down by all of this attention? It appears that, although many have embraced the principles of green chemistry and recognize the need for sound science to inform policy, reducing these principles to practice remains a barrier for most commercial endeavors.
GN11 will address challenges and opportunities for nanotechnology and delineate how companies can incorporate green nanotechnology into its products and processes. We will focus on two key research areas where reduction to practice has the most potential to significantly advance the field. We will highlight state-of-the-art in materials synthesis and characterization challenges, and discuss biological impacts of nanotechnology. We will kick off each session with overview/keynote talks followed by a session of “rapid fire” talks that delve into the technical aspects of the subjects.
On Monday evening we will hold a poster reception, with emphasis on the following topics:
- Greener nanomaterial design and synthesis
- Advances in nanomaterial characterization
- Greener nanomaterial production and manufacturing
- Impacts and distribution in living systems and the environment
- Commercialization and policy to advance nanotechnology
We will wrap up with a panel session focused on advancing greener industrial applications of nanotechnology. This panel session will consist of a series of presentations and in-depth discussions. On the Sunday before the conference, we will hold a GreenNano 101 workshop targeted toward new entries into the field as well as toward state and federal policymakers.