NTU-Harvard SusNano Symposium 2019

The NTU-HSPH Initiative for Sustainable Nanotechnology successfully held its third annual symposium from June 24-25, 2019 in Singapore. The symposium, held in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2019​), with a theme of “Sustainable Nanotechnology – Bringing together Environment and Health Impacts and Novel Applications of Engineered Nanomaterials”, was jointly organised by NTU Institute for Health Technologies of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) of Harvard University. It was chaired by Initiative’s co-directors, Associate Professor Philip Demokritou (HSPH) and Associate Professor Kee Woei Ng (NTU) with the Initiative’s internal steering committee and external advisory committee members attending as well.

The Symposium covered latest insights in the use and development of nanomaterials in safe and responsible ways, with considerations of environment and human health impacts, in order to sustain economic, social and health benefits. This Symposium discussed issues relevant to Sustainable Nanotechnology, including the following topics.

  1. Nanotoxicology: Health impacts of exposure to engineered nanomaterials

  2. Eco-Nanotoxicology: Environmental impacts of released engineered nanomaterial

  3. Nanotechnology in food and agriculture applications

  4. Life cycle analysis of nanomaterials in nano-enabled products

  5. Safe-by-design approaches to develop novel nanotechnologies

The Symposium also provided a technical overview of the research activities within the Initiative, which focused on cutting edge applications and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) implications of nanomaterials. Presentations at the event specifically described projects within the two thematic areas of research identified undertaken by the Initiative. These projects included: (i) understanding the health implications of exposure to printer emitted nanoparticles; (ii) understanding the adaptive response of human respiratory cells to printer emitted nanoparticles; (iii) understanding the nano-microbiome interaction of ingested engineered nanomaterials; (iv) the development of food based nano-carriers and nano-modulators for efficient delivery of nutraceuticals and/or selective clearance of unwanted substances in the gastrointestinal tract; (v) the development of sustainable, biodegradable packaging materials for enhanced food safety and quality; and (vi) development of nanoencapsulation and delivery of agrichemicals for sustainable agriculture.