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Symposium R
Ecological and Health Impact of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology


  • Suresh VALIYAVEETTIL, National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • Choon Nam ONG, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Lang TRAN, Institute of Occupational Medicine, United Kingdom


  • Prof Suresh Valiyaveettil, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Email: chmsv@nus.edu.sg
    Tel: 65164327
    Fax: 67791691
    Mailing Address:
    Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, 3 Science Drive 3, National University of Singapore
    Singapore 117543

Scope of Symposium

Nanotechnology being a platform technology provides many opportunities for industry to design and engineer new products and optimization of the processes. Currently, nanomaterials are used in research to develop new products such as clothing, appliances, cosmetics, biomedical materials and devices. This led to wide range of good and bad implications.

On the beneficial aspects, the large surface area, functional groups and a wide range of elemental composition of nanomaterials provided new materials and devices with high performance. In the biomedical areas, applications involving silver nanoparticle based antimicrobial products, nanoparticles for drug delivery and developing new drug candidates to name a few, are currently being established. In addition, the nanomaterials and nanotechnology also offer a wide range of advantages in water purification and new photocatalysts for industrial processes. However, little information is available on the biological impact of these materials. The current symposium will deal with beneficial and nonbeneficial aspects of nanotechnology to living systems. Potential topics of interest will include
1. Nanosafety & nanotoxicology with respect to living organisms
2. Biological interactions with nanomaterials
3. Use of nanomaterials in clinics/hospitals
4. Impact of nanomaterials in environment
5. Nanomaterials for environmental protection and clean up

It is believed that such an open discussion on both positive and negative aspects of nanotechnology will allow the audience to have a better understanding of future products and able to make knowledgeable decisions.

Invited Speakers

  • Robert AITKEN, IOM Singapore, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Katsuhiko ARIGA, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Prasad B. L. V, National Chemical Laboratory, India ( Abstract )
  • Jesus M de la FUENTE, University of Zaragoza, Spain ( Abstract )
  • Saji GEORGE, Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Gaku ICHIHARA, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan ( Abstract )
  • David Tai LEONG, National University of Singapore, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • May LIM, The University of New South Wales, Australia ( Abstract )
  • Mark RICHARD, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Kai SAVOLAINEN, Nanosafety Research Centre, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland ( Abstract )
  • Zheng Ming WANG, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Haiyan XU, Chinese Academy of Medical Sicences & Peking Union Medical College, China ( Abstract )
  • Lanry YUNG LIN YUE, National Unviersity of Singapore, Singpaore ( Abstract )