Greener Nano - Advancing applications and reducing risk

(Nanowerk News) SNNI's 6th annual Greener Nano Conference, GN11 will be held May 1-3, 2011 at HP in Cupertino, CA. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Innovators Roundtable.
"NanoEHS" and "green chemistry" have become staples in just about 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. The meeting will focus on two key research areas where reduction to practice has the most potential to significantly advance the field. It will highlight state-of-the-art in materials and characterization challenges, and biological impacts of nanotechnology. Each session will be kicked off with overview/keynote talks followed by a session of "rapid fire" talks that delve into the technical aspects of the subjects.
The meeting will wrap up with a session on advancing industrial applications through research and policy. This panel session will consist of a series of presentations and and in-depth discussion. On the Sunday before the conference, there will be a GreenNano 101 session targeted toward new entries into the field as well as toward state and federal policymakers.
Source: SNNI