ICEENN 2016 Invited Speakers

mB Mohammed Baalousha received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine in 2001. He then moved to France where he completed a MSc degree in Applied Mechanics in 2002 and a PhD in Environmental Biogeochemistry in 2006 from the University of Bordeaux, France. He subsequently undertook a postdoctoral research role at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2014, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Environmental Nanoscience at the University of South Carolina, USA. His expertise spans nanomaterial synthesis, characterization, fate, behavior of manufactured nanomaterials in the environment, and development and optimization of methodologies for nanomaterial characterization in complex media.

CB Callie Babbitt is an associate professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her research group develops and applies sustainability tools to proactively assess and minimize environmental risks of emerging technologies. Specific focal areas are consumer electronics, nanomaterials, photovoltaics, electric vehicles, and lithium-ion batteries. Callie’s current work applies life cycle assessment to compare the environmental costs and benefits of integrating nanomaterials into renewable energy technologies. She is an NSF CAREER awardee and past recipient of the AT&T Technology and Environment Award.

GC Geert Cornelis is Senior Researcher at the Swedish Agricultural University. His research interest currently lies in analysis and geochemistry of particle interfaces in environmental chemistry, particularly in natural soils.  Specific areas of research include the role natural particles play as vectors for contaminants, the behavior of engineered (nano)particles in terrestrial environments and wastewater treatment plants.  His work includes development of nanometrology methods, such as single particle ICP-MS and models for examining the fate and transport of nanoparticles in terrestrial systems.

MNC Marie-Noële Croteau is a lead scientist in the National Research Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (Menlo Park, CA). Her research utilizes stable metal isotope tracers in novel ways to further the understanding of the biogeochemical processes governing the bioavailability and toxicity of metals to biota, including metal-bearing engineered nanomaterials and nanoparticles formed in acid mine drainage-impacted rivers. Ongoing research activities include investigation of the influence of solid-phase speciation on metal bioavailability, assessment of the role of contaminated food as a source of bioaccumulated and toxic metals, and delineation of ion and nanoparticle uptake by aquatic organisms.  The novel isotope methodology she is applying to bio-uptake will advance our understanding of the consequences of ecological exposure to nanomaterials.

VG Vicki H. Grassian is currently a Distinguished Professor with appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nanoengineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and also holds the Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science: Nano.  Professor Grassian’s research interests are in the areas of environmental molecular surface science, heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, climate impact of atmospheric aerosols, and environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. She spearheaded and published with collaborators the first papers on the inhalation toxicity of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles that contained detailed characterization data of the nanomaterials – nanomaterial characterization is now considered an important component and requisite in any nanotoxicity studies.  She is currently investigating the detailed surface chemistry of environmentally and biologically relevant molecules adsorbed onto metal and metal oxide nanoparticles in order to better understand the environmental fate, transport and toxicity of these nanoscale materials.

CH Christy Haynes is the Elmore H. Northey Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota where she leads the Haynes Research Group, a lab dedicated to applying analytical chemistry to the fields of immunology and toxicology. Haynes began work in the field of nanotoxicology right as she began her faculty position in 2005 and has transitioned from developing functional assays to assess human health-related nanoparticle toxicology to exploring the molecular-level impacts of engineered nanoparticles on bacteria. Haynes is an active member of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology where she currently serves the role of Associate Director.

JM Jeff Murray is a Regulatory Strategy Manager for BASF Agricultural Solutions, located in Research Triangle Park, NC.  He earned a BS degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MBA from North Carolina State University.  Jeff has more than 15 years experience in the Agricultural Chemical and Biotechnology industries, with over 10 years working in crop protection regulatory affairs.  Since 2012, Jeff has worked for BASF Agricultural Solutions on regulatory strategy development and new technology evaluation. His work also relates to potential applications of nanomaterials in crop protection and agriculture with a focus on regulatory implications and strategies.


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