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GLIN==> Green Chemistry Phone Seminar April 17!

Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network Working Group

James E. Hutchison
Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403

"Greener Nanoscience:
A Proactive Approach to Advancing Applications 
and Reducing Implications ofNanotechnology"

ABSTRACT   Nanotechnology continues to offer new materials and applications that will
benefit society, yet there is growing concern about the potential health and environmental
impacts of production and use of nanoscale products. Although hundreds of studies of
nanomaterial hazards have been reported, due (largely) to the complexity of the nanomaterials,
there is no consensus about the impact these hazards will have. This Focus describes the need
for a research agenda that addresses these nanomaterial complexities through coordinated
research on the applications and implications of new materials, wherein nanomaterials scientists
play a central role as we move from understanding to minimizing nanomaterial hazards. Greener
nanoscience is presented as an approach to determining and implementing the design rules for
safer nanomaterials and safer, more efficient processes.

Full article available at the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network working group website:  http://groups.google.com/group/greatlakesgreenchem
as "Hutchinson_nanotechnology1.pdf"

University of Oregon professor Jim Hutchinson says that now is the time for scientists to “seriously consider the design of materials, processes and applications that minimize hazard and waste, and this will be essential as nanoscience discoveries transition to the products of nanotechnology.”

Hutchison is a leading U.S. innovator in nanofabrication and assembly processes and is a pioneer in the use of green chemistry, which he also teaches to other scientists around the country at workshops. He also is the leader of the Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative, which is funded by an Air Force Research Laboratory grant to the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute.

Green chemistry, he argues, can sharply reduce the use of toxic solvents and produce safer products with reduced chances for unintended consequences. It also can provide opportunity for new innovations.

“Green chemistry allows us to think about new space and new parameters,” Hutchison said. “We have the opportunity to develop the technology correctly from the beginning, rather than trying to rework and entrenched technology.”

Join us for our call on

2:30 PM Central
12:30 PM Pacific

US and Canada dial :

1 866 368 6248
participant code 5470083 #

Please RSVP by replying to this email

Lin Kaatz Chary
Ad Hoc Coordinator
GL Green Chemistry Network Working Group
(219) 938-0209