- Chemical and Biological-nano Interactions: On the chemistry side, this session will focus on the interactions of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies exposed to different media and environmental chemistries. Physico-chemical interactions in more simplified systems, such as, but not limited to, photocatalysis, adsorption properties of nanomaterials, effects of chemistries in aggregation and degradation of nanomaterials, and other types of chemical interactions studies will be welcome in this session. On the biological side the focus will be on single biological systems interacting with nanomaterials or nanotechnologies to gain a fundamental understanding of interactions of different nanomaterials/nanotechnologies with different biological systems. Ecology nano-interaction can also be considered in this session.
- Process Intensification and Nanomanufacturing: Various manufacturers are using nanotechnology to make products with improved capabilities or to reduce their manufacturing costs. Nanomanufacturing is the scaled-up, repeatable and cost-effective manufacturing of nanoscale materials, structures, devices, and systems. These materials and devices are then used to produce innovative, next-generation products that provide higher performance at a lower cost and improved sustainability. Nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing are revolutionizing many manufacturing sectors, including information technology, defense, medicine, transportation, energy, environmental science, telecommunications, and electronics, but mostly at lab scale, batch-wise and with low yield. These procedures generally do not suit the industrial needs of continuous, high capacity production. Moreover, the product characteristics require targeting narrow particle size distributions and high quality, which is difficult to achieve by traditional equipment. Process intensification aims to dramatically improve manufacturing processes through the application of novel process schemes and equipment. These novel approaches can be used to overcome bottlenecks, such as those imposed by thermodynamics, or to combine processing phenomena into fewer processing units with a concurrent reduction in capital cost and/or energy intensity. By reducing the technology transfer gap, nanotechnologies may become convenient and feasible, allowing both industries to achieve the production of higher quality products with particular characteristics without sensibly increasing additional costs. This will represent in the near future a strategic key feature of industries in the global market.
- Nanodevices, nanosensors and Modeling – This session will focus on the technological capabilities of electronic, magnetic, mechanical, nanomaterials and biological systems that enable nanodevices and nanosensores as well as processes and “lab on a chip”. On the modeling approach this session will focus on development of predictive tools based on the fundamental behavior of nanostructures within biological and ecological matrices or simulations of nanoparticle behavior at interfaces and new theories and simulation approaches for determining the transport and transformation of nanoparticles in various media.
- Environment and sustainability and education - This session will focus on interactions of nanomaterials or nanotechnologies with complex ecological systems, such as air, water, and soil. The bioaccumulation, fate, transport and interaction of nanostructured materials and nanosystems on ecosystems, such as air, water and soil will be relevant for this session. This session will be focused on the integration of nanomaterials/nanotechnologies with chemical and biological systems in ecosystems. Examples of investigations for ecological-nano interactions could be in wetlands, air, wastewater treatment plants and landfills. This session will focus in complex environments where both biological and chemical environmental aspects will play roles in fate, bioaccumulation, transport and degradation. Ethical and regulatory issues in nano (e.g. global warming), life cycle analyses and recycling of nanomateriais, as well as education will be part of it.
- Innovation, entrepreneurship - In this session there will be discussions on how to apply academic research to startup companies and industrial innovations. This session will focus on aspects of advanced nanotechnology assimilation by industry and importance of cooperation with academia, successful technology development and technology transfer in Latin American countries. The entrepreneurship and innovation programs of the countries can be discussed, as well as novel approaches and curriculum development focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship.