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Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM) 2018

Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM) 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting, in Lake Placid, NY!  Directions to the conference are available here.

For more information on the conference, contact Fadi Bou-Abdallah ( or Martin Walker (


In 2018, the Northeast Region of the ACS is offering a focused, specialized regional meeting on “Nanomaterials: Applications and Environmental Impacts”.  The format is similar in structure to the Gordon Research Conferences whereby a group of renowned scientists (early- to mid-career and senior investigators, from academia and industry) working on a particular subject meet to exchange ideas and research findings.  Undergraduate and graduate students are most welcome to participate (in a poster session) and interact with these scientists and establish valuable connections and possible career opportunities. There will also be a funding opportunities workshop.

The conference is sponsored by the Northern New York local ACS section, and is supported by the national and regional ACS. This topical regional meeting will be held at Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.

Due to their versatile properties, nanomaterials are expected to revolutionize our approaches to common problems. However, while nanotechnology has direct beneficial applications for medicine and the environment, it may have unintended effects that can adversely impact the human body and the natural ecosystem. This meeting will bring together scientists from different backgrounds to discuss new advances in the field of nanotechnology and examine the implications of nanomaterials on our health and on the environmental.

Date: June 1-3, 2018

Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort, Lake Placid.

Thanks to our vendors for their support!

Program Overview:

Friday June 1, 2018    4:00 pm – 8:00 pm      Arrival and Check-in

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm     Funding opportunities workshop: Where is the money?

Chair: Prof. Richard Partch

Note: This event is for all conference attendees, and it will give students an important understanding of how scientific research is funded. 

  1. Prof. Richard Johnson, University of New Hampshire, NSF Program Officer (Chemical Synthesis)
  2. Prof. Liviu Movileanu, Syracuse University, Recipient of Numerous Grants
  3. Prof. Tom Wenzel, Bates College, successful NSF grant writer with 25 consecutive years of funding
  4. Prof. Richard Partch, Clarkson University.  Expertise and connections with industry & government, and knowledge of fellowships for graduate students and postdocs.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm      Reception

7:30 pm – 7:40 pm       Welcome & Introductory Comments by the Organizers

7:40 pm – 8:40 pm       Prof. Vincent Rotello, University of Massachusetts Amherst:   "Interfacing Nanomaterials with Biology: From Gene Editing to Combating MRSA".

8:40 pm – 8:50 pm       Questions & Answers/Discussion


Saturday June 2, 2018

7:15 am – 8:15 am       Breakfast

8:15 am – 12:00 am    Session I: Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Functionalization & Chemical Applications

Session sponsored by Shimadzu

A- Session Chair: Prof. Hicham Fenniri (Northeastern University)

8:15 am – 8:50 am       Prof. Richard Partch, Clarkson University

8:50 am – 9:25 am       Prof. Georgia Papaefthymiou Davis, Villanova University

9:25 am – 10:00 am     Prof. C. J. Zhong, Binghamton University

10:00 am – 10:15 am  Coffee Break

 B- Session Chair: Prof. Georgia Papaefthymiou Davis (Villanova University)

10:15 am – 10:50 am   Prof. J.C. (Tito) Scaiano, University of Ottawa

10:50 am – 11:25 am   Prof. Stanislaus Wong, SUNY at Stony Brook

11:25 am – 12:00 am   Prof. Hicham Fenniri, Northeastern University

12:00 pm                     Lunch

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm      Free Time/Outdoors Activity (In Lake Placid, this includes hiking, boat trips, golf, visits to the Olympic facilities or a gondola trip up Whiteface Mountain)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm      Poster Session – (Dr. Mario Wriedt, Clarkson Univ., Chair)

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm      Dinner

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm      Session II: Nanomaterials: Industrial and Medical Applications

Session Chair: Prof. Maria Hepel (SUNY Potsdam)

7:30 pm – 8:20 pm       Prof. Thomas Webster (featured speaker), Northeastern University.:"Big Health Advances with Small Materials:20 Years of Commercializing Medical Devices Using Nanotechnology"

8:20 pm – 8:55 pm       Prof. Francois Fay, York College - CUNY

8:55 pm – 9:30 pm       Dr. Katarzyna Kurzatkowska, SUNY Potsdam & Polish Academy of Sciences


Sunday June 3rd, 2018

7:15 am – 8:15 am       Breakfast

8:15 am – 12:00 pm    Session III: Nanomaterials: Health & Environmental Impact

Session Chair: Prof. Silvana Andreescu (Clarkson University)

Session sponsored by Shimadzu

8:15 am – 8:50 am       Prof. Omowunmi A. Sadik, SUNY Binghamton

8:50 am – 9:25 am       Dr. William Boyes, US Environmental Protection Agency

9:25 am – 10:00 am     Prof. Silvana Andreescu, Clarkson University

10:00 am – 10:15 am Coffee Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am    Keynote Speaker Prof. Vicki Colvin (Brown University): "Nanotechnology in the Environment: Understanding and Exploiting the Wet/Dry Interface".

11:15 am – 11:25 am    Questions & Answers/Discussion

11:30 am                      Box Lunch / Departure

 Note: All speakers are by invitation only

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