Applications and Environmental Health and Safety Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Title: Applications and Environmental Health and Safety Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
Date: September 24, 2012
Place: Kyoto University

Abstract: Numerous reports and commissions have documented the explosion of discoveries in nanotechnology. Moreover, these discoveries are quickly moving out of the laboratory into commercial products. It is imperative that the fields of exposure assessment, nanotoxicology and risk assessment be developed in parallel with nanotechnology and its applications. This symposium aims to bring together all stakeholders, industry, academia and regulators and foster productive conversations about this emerging and critical aspect of engineering, commerce, and public health.


12:30‐12:45pm – Welcoming Remarks, Prof. Minoru Yoneda, Kyoto University 12:45‐

12:50pm – Greetings from Harvard University Session 1: Chaired by Dr. Philip Demokritou

12:50‐1:00pm – Welcoming remarks by Prof. Philip Demokritou, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

1:00‐1:30pm – ““Environmental Health Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology: What we know and what we do not know”, Prof. Philip Demokritou, HSPH

1:30‐2:00pm –“Green Nanotechnology: Aiding Sustainability”, Dr. Barbara Karn, National Science Foundation, USA

2:00‐2:30pm – ʺRisk Assessment as a requirement for nanomaterial innovation: Regulatory status and voluntary approaches”, Dr Atsuo Kishimoto, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

2:30‐3:00pm – “Exposure Assessment of Market Products including nanomaterials in general use and their disposal”, Dr Yasuto Matsui, Kyoto University.

3:00‐3:30pm – Questions/Discussion

3:30‐3:50pm – Coffee Break

3:50‐5:15pm –“Engineered water nanostructures: synthesis, physico‐chemical properties and pathogen disinfection applications”, Dr. Georgios Pyrgiotakis, HSPH

5:15‐5:40pm – “Biological and toxicological properties of inhaled engineered water nanostructures”, Prof. Joseph Brain, HSPH

5:40‐6:05pm –“Nanoparticle behavior in the developing lungs”, Dr Akira Tsuda, HSPH

6:05‐6:30pm –“Formation and transport mechanisms of highly charged nanodroplets”, Dr Yoshio Otani, Kanazawa University, Japan

6:30‐6:55pm – “Biological safety evaluation of electrostatic atomized water using tests for genotoxicity and reproductive toxicity”, Ryo Ota and Yuzuki Nakagawa, Hatano Research Institute, Japan.

6:55‐7:20pm – “Performance evaluation of a novel ionizer for air purification applications”, Dr Stephen Rudnick, HSPH

7:20‐7:30pm – Closing Remarks, Prof. Minoru Yoneda, Kyoto University Session 2: Chaired by Dr. Joseph Brain 7:30‐8:30pm – Reception