Mike Roco is the Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation and founding chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET). Prior to joining National Science Foundation, he was professor of mechanical and chemical engineering. Dr. Roco is credited with thirteen inventions, contributed over two hundred articles and twenty books on multiphase systems, computer simulations, laser measurements, nanoparticles and nanosystems, and trends in emerging technologies. He proposed the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) on March 11, 1999, at the White House, and is a key architect of the NNI. Dr. Roco is Correspondent Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, and Fellow of the ASME, IoPhysics and AIChE. He was awarded the National Materials Advancement Award at the National Press Club in 2007 “as the individual most responsible for support and investment in nanotechnology by government, industry, and academia worldwide”.
Jorge Gardea-Torresdey is the Dudley Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemistry at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He is currently the Chair of the Department Chemistry at UTEP. Hi research interests include: applications of spectroscopy techniques in environmental chemistry; phytoremediation, novel methods for the bioproduction of nanoparticles, development of analytical methods to detect nanomaterials, study of the fate of nanoparticles in the environment, and applications of nanotechnology to clean water among others. He has authored over 410 publications and issued 5 US patents for environmental remediation.He received the 2015 distinguished alumni award from New Mexico State University. His research achievements are highlighted in the Lawrence Hall of Science of the University of California Berkeley. He received the 2009 SACNAS Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award and he was awarded the 2012 Piper Professor Award, which is the most prestigious honor conferred to a Professor in the State of Texas.
Dr. Kattesh V. Katti is Distinguished Professor of Biological Engineering, Physics and Radiology at University of Missouri. Katti's research is focused on unraveling the fundamentals of science as he applies those principles and new concepts in developing new chemical species at the macro and nano scales. In the ‘nano-domain’, he is interested in exploring biophysical, chemical, magnetic, nuclear and photophysical properties, that are unique to specific nanoparticulates, toward the design and development of sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Targeted nanoparticles, which are created through the intervention of ‘Katti Peptides’ are being utilized in the detection of diseases at the cellular/sub cellular levels while radiochemical and X ray absorption properties of gold nanoparticles, embedded selectively within tumor cells/sites, are being applied for effective therapy of breast, liver, lung, oral, prostate and pancreatic cancers and various debilitating diseases which include Osteoarthritis and Parkinson’s diseases. Drug discovery approaches are built around a clinical translation motif as Dr. Katti strongly believes that discoveries should translate into value added products to ultimately serve humanity across the globe. Green nanotechnology is at the focal point of Dr. Katti's approach to pursuing research in nanotechnology (and molecular medicine) as he strongly believes in the total elimination of toxic chemicals in the production of engineered nanoparticles. Toward this end, phytochemicals occluded within plants, herbs or from various sources from Mother Nature are being used as electron reservoirs in developing 100% green processes for the development of nano constructs, and a spectrum of molecular medicine-conjugates, for use in a plethora of medical, agricultural, hygienic (antibacterial/antimicrobial) and technological applications.
Nelson Durán is a Professor of Chemistry at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP (Brazil). He received his PhD at University of Porto Rico (USA) working on photolysis and thermolysis of 1,2-dioxolanes (1972). Associated Professor at the Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile (1973-1975) and carried out Visiting Professorship at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (1975), investigating enzymatic generation of excited states intermediates. In 1978, he joined the Chemistry Institute of UNICAMP (Brazil) working in Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology. His present research interests are nanobiotechnology in cosmetics and in pharmaceuticals, besides metallic nanoparticles as antibiotics and anticancer carriers, and in carbon and silica nanocarriers. He is the Coordinator of the Brazilian Nanotoxicology Network; Member of INOMAT (MCTI/CNPQ) and Vice Coordinator of NanoBioss (MCTI) and member of Brazilian-NanoReg (European Community) in vivo nanotoxicology.
Marcelo J. Kogan was born in Buenos Aires , Argentina in 1964. He is Professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Chile and Principal Investigator at the Advanced Center for Chronic diseases (ACCDiS). He is the Coordinator of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Program of the University of Chile. He is the Director of the Laboratory of NANOMEDICINE AND NANOTHERANOSTICS at this center. He is Biochemist and Pharmacist at the University of Buenos Aires and PhD in Organic Chemistry from the same University. His interest is centered on applications of nanobiomaterials in biomedicine for diagnosis and treatment of conformational diseases including drug delivery, Alzheimer, Cancer and cardiovascular diseases. He is a pioneer in the field of use nanoparticles for disaggregation of amyloids.
Dr. Greg Lowry is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality with specialization in environmental nanotechnology, geochemistry, contaminant fate, and remediation. He is the Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT). CEINT aims to better understand the behavior and effects of engineered nanomaterials in complex environmental systems. Professor Lowry is a member of the National Research Council's committee to develop a research strategy for environmental health and safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Duke Superfund Basic Research Center, NanoRem and NanoEau II (EC projects).
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Omowunmi “Wunmi” Sadik is a Professor of Chemistry and founding Director of the Center for Research in Advanced sensing Technologies and Environmental Sustainability (CREATES) at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton); where she has been a member of the faculty since1996. She is also the President and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) (www.susnano.org), a non-profit, international professional society dedicated to advancing sustainable nanotechnological solutions around the world through education, research, and the promotion of the responsible growth of nanotechnology. She has held appointments at Harvard University, Cornell University and the Naval Research Laboratory. Her body of work includes authoring/co-authoring over 170 scientific publications, and she has given over 350 invited lectures and conference contributions across the world. Sadik is recognized for her research innovation and sustainable nanotechnology. Dr. Sadik’s research areas are in surface chemistry, chemical sensors and biosensors, and in their application to solving real-life problems in biological systems, energy and the environment.
Fabio Kon is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of São Paulo. His research interests include Smart Cities, Big Data Processing, Distributed Systems, and Startup Ecosystems. Fabio has been in the Scientific Program Committees of over a dozen international conferences in the past two decades and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the SpringerOpen Journal of Internet Services and Applications. He teaches Digital Entrepreneurship and mentors several Software Startups. Currently, Fabio is a Special Advisor to the Scientific Director at FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Agency, working with Research for Innovation programs.
Matthew Hull is Associate Director for Entrepreneurship and Business Engagement with Virginia Tech’s National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology (NanoEarth). He also manages the nanotechnology and engineered health research portfolios within Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2011 and an M.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2002. He received his B.S. In Environmental Science from Ferrum College in 2000. Hull is also President and Owner of NanoSafe, Inc., a provider of nanotechnology human and environmental health and safety (EHS) services he founded in 2007. For more than a decade, Hull has been an active part of the emerging nanotechnology EHS landscape. In 2009, Hull co-edited the book ‘Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risks, Regulation, and Management’, (Elsevier, London), which is now in its 2nd Edition. In 2008, Hull developed NanoSafe Inc.’s NanoSafe Tested™’ program which provides independent verification of nanomaterials and nanotechnology products. In 2007, Hull was appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to serve on the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group (nTAG) to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Previously, Hull served as Senior Research Scientist at Luna Innovations Incorporated, where his research focused on developing technologies and strategies to protect human and environmental health. In 2003, Matthew developed the concept for the NanoSafe™ framework, which provides an integrated approach for proactively addressing nanotechnology EHS issues in nanotechnology facilities. That framework would go on to spin-off programs focused on web-enabled nanotechnology EHS management systems, nanotechnology waste recovery and recycling processes, and life-cycle ecotoxicological studies of nanomanufacturing. Hull’s research programs have explored applications and implications of engineered nanomaterials in environmental systems for commercial clients as well as federal agencies such as the US DOD (Air Force, Army, Navy), EPA, NASA, NOAA, NSF and DEFRA (UK).
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Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou is currently a UNESCO co-Chair Professor on “Water Access and Sustainability” and a Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches courses on drinking water quality, treatment and reuse, advanced unit operations for water treatment, advanced oxidation technologies, and physical-chemical processes for water quality control. Professor Dionysiou is leading several projects of local, state, national and international importance focused on water quality, treatment, reuse, and monitoring. His work encompasses surface water, groundwater, agricultural water, and industrial waters of complex mixtures. His research interests include (i) physical chemical processes for water treatment, (ii) urban water quality, (iii) advanced oxidation processes, (iv) UV and solar light-based remediation processes, (v) treatment of contaminants of emerging concern (i.e., pharmaceuticals and personal care products, biotoxins, heavy metals), (vi) remediation of Harmful Algal Blooms/cyanotoxins, (vii) environmental nanotechnology and nanosensing, (viii) water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, and (ix) water sustainability. Several of his current projects are focused on the treatment, sensing and monitoring of cyanotoxins formed in freshwater aquatic systems such as Lake Erie and several inland lakes and rivers in Ohio.
Diana Aga is the endowed Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and also serves as editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials. Dr. Aga received her BS degree in Agricultural Chemistry from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, and her Ph.D. degree in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Kansas. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland, and is recipient of various prestigious fellowship awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany, and the Fulbright Fellowship in the Philippines. Her current research interests include investigating the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, such as antimicrobials, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and engineered nanomaterials. She is an expert in developing trace analytical methods for organic and heavy metal contaminants in complex environmental matrices using chromatography and mass spectrometry. She has been evaluating the efficiencies of various treatment processes in removing emerging contaminants and antibiotic resistance genes in animal wastes and in municipal wastewater treatment plants. Dr. Aga is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.
T. Randall Lee earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Rice University (Magna Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University before pursuing an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech. Currently a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston, he holds the title of Cullen Distinguished University Chair, where his research focuses on nanomaterials, including nanoscale surface coatings that inhibit corrosion and resist biofilm formation and nanoparticles for biomedical and energy applications. Additionally, Prof. Lee serves as the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston. After toiling for seven years as an Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, he is now the Deputy Editor for ACS Applied Nano Materials. Prof. Lee has published more than 240 peer-reviewed papers and six patents/applications while mentoring 23 postdoctoral fellows, 56 graduate students, 91 undergraduate researchers, and 32 visiting scientists/scholars. His awards include the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1993), NSF CAREER Award (1995), UH Research Excellence Award (1999), Enron Teaching Excellence Award (1999), HAO Outstanding Faculty Award (2000), UH Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (2006), and National Science Council of Taiwan Visiting Scholar (2010 & 2016).
Dr. Samantha A. Meenach, Assistant Professor at University of Rhode Island. Despite the fact that nanoparticulate systems have been widely used in biomedical applications such as drug delivery over the past several decades, their implementation and success has largely been limited. Central to this obstacle are that the interactions between nanoparticles and their biological surroundings are often overlooked during the design process. Physiological barriers that are known to hinder nanoparticles transport include mucosal layers present in organs such as the lungs or cervix, tumor parenchyma (bulk), and the blood-brain barrier. The ongoing research in my group seeks to address these challenges in order to bridge the gaps in knowledge that restrict the success of nanoparticle therapeutics. The development of novel nanoparticle systems and/or the use of specific penetrating agents can lead to effective delivery of a therapeutic payload to a target site in the body which would otherwise not be easily reached. Thus, our research focuses on the rational design of nanoparticulates by modifying their penetration properties via surface modification or the application of nanocomposites. In particular, this currently involves systems such as mucus-penetrating dry powder aerosol nanocomposite microparticles used for the treatment of pulmonary diseases such as cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. We have successfully generated and characterized the nanoparticles involved in these systems and are currently working to finalize this work through their in vitro characterization. Unfortunately, the in vitro systems used to characterize drug delivery vehicles, in particular those for aerosol lung cancer therapeutics, are not physiologically representative. As a result, we are developing in vitro methods involving air-grown multicellular tumor spheroids to overcome this constraint. The overarching goal of this research is to provide nanoparticle systems and tools for the development of intelligently designed therapeutics capable of targeting and penetrating physiological barriers of several types.
Dr. Xianqiao Wang, Professor at University of Georgia. The objective of my research is to understand the fundamental principles that control mechanical propoerties and behavior of materials in both engineering and biology by virtue of theoretical analyses, computational modelings, and experimental investigations. Our current research mainly focuses on mechanics of 2D nanomaterials and nanostructures; mechanical principles of cortical folding; mechanics of hierarchical structures in biological materials such as bone, shell and nacre; bio-inorganic interfaces; mechanics of cell and nanoparticle interactions; instability of soft matters etc.
Noela Invernizzi is a Uruguayan Anthropologist, and holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (University of Campinas, Brazil). She works at the Education undergraduate program and the Public Policy graduate program of the Federal University of Parana, in Curitiba, Brazil. She had been a post-doctoral researcher at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Columbia University (now at ASU), USA, a professor at the Development Studies Program at Zacatecas Autonomous University, Mexico, and a fellow at the Science, Technology and Innovation Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her research interests include the effects of industrial innovation for workers’ skills and employment conditions; science, technology and innovation policies, and the development of nanotechnology in Latin American countries.
Dr. Tequila Harris’ research is focused on exploring the connectivity between the functionality of nano- to macro- level films, components, and systems based on their manufacture or design and their life expectancy, thereby elucidating mechanisms by which performance or durability can be predicted. She is interested in using both simulations and experimentation to better understand this connectivity.
Dr. Stacey Louie is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Louie received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 and 2010, respectively, and her B.S. degree from the University of Texas – Austin in 2009. She carried out an NRC postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Louie’s expertise is in environmental nanotechnology, including applications of nanomaterials for water treatment and the environmental implications of nanomaterials as potential emerging contaminants. Her research focuses on characterizing and predicting the formation of natural and synthetic organic surface coatings on nanomaterials, as well as the effects of these coatings on their reactivity, fate and transport behavior, and interactions with other environmental contaminants.
Marin van Heel is one of the main developers of the single-particle techniques in use worldwide today. Trained as a physicist at the Technical University of Delft and at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, with a strong emphasis on optics and imaging science, Marin van Heel moved into Biochemistry/Biophysics for his PhD research in the Electron Microscopy group of Professor Erni van Bruggen in the Biochemistry Dept of the latter University. Already during this PhD research, new alleys of structural analysis for single particles were explored which now have become standard techniques in the field. Many of those new techniques were implemented in the context of the (then) new IMAGIC software package (a first publication on this system appeared in 1981).