Sep 20, 2019
Brauer Hall, room 12
Dr. Leanne Gilbertson, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Designing Nanomaterials, Sustainably
Growth and development of emerging technologies is driven to advance our global society and economy. Yet, history presents many salient examples that elicit concern over potential adverse consequences that can result from indiscriminate advancement. Nanotechnology serves as a current case study and presents an opportunity to demonstrate the utility of a proactive approach to sustainable material design. Discoveries of novel nano-scale phenomena motivated the rapid emergence and continued development of nanotechnologies, in which engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are incorporated into products to impart improved or novel functionality. ENM-enabled products increasingly proposed and entering the consumer market, in industries ranging from electronics to textiles to agriculture. While ENMs offer significant benefits in many of these applications, there are tangible concerns over the environmental and human health adverse consequences that could arise from their use and across their life cycle. In this seminar, I will discuss the importance of and links between sustainable design across scales, from materials chemistry to product systems, highlighting current research in my group in the areas of nano-enabled agriculture and carbon-based nanomaterials.
Organizer / Host: Dr. Giammar