Invited speakers

Chady Stephan, Perkin Elmer

Theme: Nanomaterials analysis and characterisation: new approaches and surface


Dr Chady Stephan holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Université de Montréal. He worked as a project manager for QSAR risk assessment services before he joined PerkinElmer as an Inorganic Product Specialist supporting the various elemental analysis platforms. He then managed the development of various nanotechnology applications that focuses on measurement techniques for nano-object charac¬terization using various analytical platforms. He currently lead a multifunctional team composed of marketing, technical marketing, application scientist and strategist focusing on delivering complete market solutions. He is a thought leader in elemental analysis with over 20 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Over the past few years, his main research activities at PerkinElmer have been in developing Single Particle ICP-MS and recently Single Cell ICP-MS. He is involved in H2020 projects NanoFASE and AceNano.

Serge Stoll, University of Geneva

Theme: Nanomaterials Interactions with ligands, biomolecules or matrices


Serge Stoll is Senior Lecturer in Analytical, Environmental Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter Science at the University of Geneva.  His research focusses on the fate and transport of contaminants, such as manufactured nanoparticles, in order to evaluate their long-term impacts on the ecosystems as well as their influences and effects on biota.  Numerical modelling as well as experimental studies using state-of-the-art techniques are performed in his group to understand the factors controlling the structure, diffusion, aggregation and sedimentation of colloids, biopolymers and manufactured nanoparticles. He has authored and co-authored about 100 publications in reference international journals, three book chapters, invited papers and supervised about 10 PhD thesis works. He is also part of the Institut Universitaire de France selection committee, co-editor of the Journal of Colloid Science and Biotechnology, and partner in EU FP7 project NanoMILE and H2020 project NanoFASE.

Antonia Praetorius, University of Vienna

Theme: Nanomaterials release and environmental fate


Antonia Praetorius is a Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, Department of Environmental Geosciences and Research Platform Nano-Norms-Nature. Her research investigates the fate assessment of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in natural environments and includes development of environmental fate models and identification of suitable fate descriptors for ENPs as well as detection of ENPs in complex environmental matrices and investigation of the interaction of ENPs with natural particles and surfaces. She is a workpackage deputy leader in the EU Horizon2020 project NanoFASE.

Susana Loueiro, University of Aveiro

Theme: Biological effects of nanomaterials including mixtures (in silico, in vitro an d in vivo)

susana-loueiroSusana Loueiro is a researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro. In 2007, she was awarded the outstanding contribution prize by SETAC- the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  During the last years she carried out work on combined stressors (chemicals and natural stressors) exposures to edaphic and aquatic organisms, collaborating in several European projects on Ecotoxicology and Environmental Risk Assessment. Nowadays her research is devoted to the evaluation of toxicity, exposure routes and fate of engineered nanoparticles in soils and waters, being part of the ERANET SIINN project NanoFARM. She was the WP leader for Ecotoxicology in the EU FP7 project NanoFATE and is deputy WP leader in the H2020 project NanoFASE. 

Heileen Hsu-Kim, Duke University

Theme: Environmental and Health applications of nanomaterials and nanoscale processes

heileen-hsu-kim-2Heileen (Helen) Hsu-Kim is the Mary Milus Yoh and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke Universaity.  She is an environmental engineer who specializes in environmental aquatic chemistry and geochemistry. Her research tackles problems related to pollutant metals and the biogeochemical processes that alter their distribution in water, soil, and air.  The applications of this work include environmental remediation technologies, the impacts of energy production on water resources, global environmental health, and the environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology. Dr. Hsu-Kim's current research projects are focused on the environmental implications of nanomaterials, the impacts of coal ash disposal on water quality, and recovering valuable materials from coal ash wastes.

Tae Hyun Yoon, Hanyang University

Theme: Advanced characterisations of nanomaterials in consumer products and biological matrix

tae-hyun-yoon-2Professor Tae-Hyun Yoon received his BSc /MSc degree at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and worked as a researcher for SK TRI (Taeduk Research Institute) and SAIT (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology). Then, he moved to Stanford University for his Ph.D / postdoctoral studies before taking up his current position at Hanyang University (Seoul, South Korea) as a faculty member of the chemistry department. He is currently leading a research group (Nanoscale Characterization and Environmental Chemistry lab) and nanosafety research community (S2NANO). His current research is focused on: 1) Predictive Nanotoxicology, 2) Developments of Advanced Nanoparticle Characterization Methods, and 3) Synchrotron-based Soft X-ray SpectroNanoscopy. He is also CEO of an entrepreneurial lab of Hanyang University (Yoon Idea Lab) and principal investigator of several Korean government funded nanosafety projects, as well as a participant of EU NanoReg  and ACEnano projects.

Fred Klaessig, Pennsylvania Bio Nano Systems

Closing Keynote and pre-conference Training School


Fred Klaessig is currently with Pennsylvania Bio Nano Systems, a consulting firm. Once the Technical Director for Aerosil & Silanes and later the Business Director for the Aerosil product line at Evonik Degussa Corp., his responsibilities included commercial overview, customer support, new product introduction and regulatory interactions. AEROSIL® fumed silica and AEROXIDE® P25, titania, and Alu C, alumina, have many industrial uses in reinforcement, rheology control, abrasion and UV absorption. The great interest in nanotechnology raised safety and chemical registration concerns about this class of materials, which led to his on-going interest in standardization & informatics (ASTM E56, ISOTC-229) and stakeholder involvement at the University of California’s Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and as an Advisory Board member at NanoFASE.

Fred received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior industrial experience included R&D at Betz Laboratories, now a division of GE Water Services, and QC at Bio-Rad Laboratories. 

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'Rising star of Environmental Nanosciences' in remembrance of Professor Steve Klaine