Sessions and Chairs

Research and Product Development in the Context of Policy and Regulatory Uncertainty.

Sally Tinkle

Sally Tinkle, Science and
Technology Policy Institute, U.S

Lynn Bergeson

Lynn Bergeson,
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., U.S

Alba Graciela Avila Bernal

Alba Graciela Avila Bernal,
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Ulla Birgitte Vogel

Ulla Birgitte Vogel, National Research Centre
for the Working Environment, Denmark

A sustainable nanotechnology development and manufacturing ecosystem benefits from stability in national and international policy and regulation. The specificity of nanomaterial composition and properties, and the diversity of their applications, continues to generate concern for adverse human and environmental health impacts. Uncertainty surrounding data and decision-making derives, in part, from variability in, or lack of confidence ascribed to experimental data; and tolerance for uncertainty varies by context (e.g., data for research vs health and safety vs policy vs regulation). Concerns for adverse impacts catalyzed national and international interest in minimizing policy and regulatory uncertainty and prompted the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992), through which a precautionary approach was established for new products; summed as no demonstration of safety, no product. This approach was solidified into the Precautionary Principle in 2001, with the idea of a principle quickly becoming contentious as a block to innovation and economic prosperity. Policy and regulatory decisions are made in the context of precaution, uncertainty, and changes in government administration, and consistency and management of these factors is sought through the steady accumulation of scientific data and the use of decision-making frameworks. Additionally, research data may be international in scope; however, policies and regulations are traditionally national. For example, the EU has endorsed minimal exposure limits for some chemicals and food additives, and WHO has recommended global regulations for ambient air. What research is conducted and how that research is conducted could be calibrated within a broader context of data needs for policy and regulatory considerations. Basic research topics could be selected with a view towards shifting interpretations as to how risk is defined and measured within policy and regulatory frameworks. These considerations will be discussed during this session using two practical examples. The first example focuses on the regulatory framework evolving under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and its associated risk assessment and risk mitigation policies. The second example considers uncertainty, research data, and nano-relevant regulation of occupational exposure limits.

Occupational and Environmental Exposure Assessment.

Candace Tsai

Candace Tsai, UCLA

LCDR Adrienne Eastlake

LCDR Adrienne Eastlake, NIOSH

Exposure to nanomaterials and their aggregates and agglomerates can occur at the workplace and the general environment. During this session, we invite talks that provide a good characterization of the exposure to nanomaterials and encourage the reporting of meta-data helpful for life-cycle and risk-analysis and -management such as sources and release types; information on activities, processes, and protective efforts; and the strategy for choosing exposure metrics.

Emerging Investigators in Sustainable Nanotechnology

Mitra Majumdar

Mitra Majumdar, FDA

Xing Xie

Xing Xie, GaTech

On the 10th anniversary of SNO conference, we are delighted to introduce this special session to highlight the exciting research by emerging investigators working in the diverse fields of sustainable nanotechnology. This session will provide the early-career environmental scientists and engineers a global platform with broader audiences to showcase their outstanding research accomplishments. Topics covered by the speakers will include fundamental research and development at the nanoscale, advances in nanoscience, methods, protocols, and metrology, implications of nanotechnology for Environment, Health, and Safety, applications of nanotechnology for sustainability, and education and outreach of sustainable nanotechnology.

Water, air, soil treatment and remediation.

Achintya Bezbaruah

Chairs Achintya Bezbaruah, NDSU

Stetson Rowles III

Stetson Rowles III, Ga State U

Globally, many classical and emerging contaminants persist across environmental envelopes with traditional solutions often unable to meet treatment and remediation needs. The use of nanotechnology provides novel and potentially sustainable opportunities to meet these needs. This session is dedicated to the trends in nanotechnology applications in Water, Air, Soil Treatment and Remediation. Case studies and studies on emerging contaminants (e.g., per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, micro- and nano-plastics, pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, and recalcitrant pollutants) are welcome. Of particular interest are studies focused on emerging harmful microorganisms (e.g., Legionella pneumophila and SARS-CoV-2). Socio-economic studies (including entrepreneurial efforts) related to nanotechnology adaptation and adoption are also welcome.


Deb Newberry

Deb Newberry
Newberry Technology Associates

SNO Conference educational session focuses on diverse nanotechnology education programs and courses. This focus on this focus and welcomed content includes innovative or multi-disciplinary content, research, outreach experiences and experiments for students and educators. Content can include applications for many grade levels form. Information can be applicable to multiple grade levels from high school lever to graduate level. We would love to hear about what you are doing to let folks know about and understand nanotechnology.

Food and Agriculture

Mariya Khodakovskaya

Mariya Khodakovskaya, UALR

Cristina Sabliov

Cristina Sabliov, LSU

The study of nanoparticle-plant interaction is a new, emerging area of modern Nanobiotechnology. The applications of nanomaterials in plant agriculture are widespread and range from creation of new sensors for plants to development of new technologies for nucleic acid delivery to plant cells, disease/stress suppression, and regulation of crop productivity. We specifically invite abstracts on the topics related to new applications of man-made and naturally derived nanoparticles for the food industry and plant agriculture, mechanisms of observed biological effects of nanomaterials in planta, and risk assessment of nanotechnologies suggested for plant agriculture. Our symposium will highlight new developments in plant nanotechnology and the safety of plant derived agricultural products exposed to nano-sized materials.

Green/Sustainable Nanomaterials

Barbara Karn

Barbara Karn, SNO

This session will focus on various aspects of safe, responsible, and sustainable development and deployment of nano and advanced materials. Areas to be addressed include the research needed to develop safer and more sustainable advanced materials; methods to manufacture those materials; and the application of nano and advanced materials in the creation of new and or improved commercial and consumer products. Principles of Green Chemistry, Safer-by-Design, and Sustainability that can be applied to the full life cycle of nanomaterials will be explored.

Fate and transport

Onur Apul

Onur Apul, UMaine

Adeyemi Adeleye

Adeyemi Adeleye, UCI

Navid Saleh

Navid Saleh, UTAustin

The session invites abstracts on research that explores topics relevant to the fate and transport of natural, incidental, and engineered nanoparticles in natural and built environments. Topics covered will extend from molecular-level aspects of nanoscale investigations, such as nanoparticle-surface interactions, nanoparticle transformations, nano-bio interactions, and unique nanoscale properties, to system-level analyses. The expectation of this session is sharing the state-of-the-art, novel, and mechanistic approaches to answer questions about nanomaterial fate and transport. Studies can include laboratory-scale and pilot-scale research, or modeling efforts.


Wunmi Sadik

Wunmi Sadik, NJIT

Ecotoxicology and Human toxicology

Leanne Gilbertson

Leanne Gilbertson,
University of Pittsburgh

Robert Hurt

Robert Hurt, Brown University


Geoff Bothun

Geoff Bothun, URI

Tian Xia

Tian Xia, UCLA

This session will discuss development of nanomedicines and their pharmaceutical and medical applications with a focus on safe implementation of these materials into the clinic. Areas to be addressed include the research needed to develop safer nanomedicines; methods to assess safety of nanomaterials used in pharmaceutical and medical applications; clinical and pre-clinical assessments of nanomedicine efficacy and safety.


Achintya Bezbaruah

Achintya Bezbaruah, NDSU

Poster Session

Chair: Illya Medina Velo, HBU