Special Symposia

In addition to several high quality technical sessions, tutorials and plenary lectures, there will be a series of specialty symposia.

Nanoparticle-related Symposia
A series of four symposia will be held in addition to the various technical sessions discussing various aspects of nanoparticle science and technology.

Non-invasive Scattering Techniques for Nanoaerosol Characterization: Neutrons, X-Rays, and Light
Organizers: Barbara Wyslouzil and Chris Sorensen

Scattering of waves, be they electromagnetic, as light or x-rays, or neutrons, is the primary means by which science has determined the microscopic structure of matter. In aerosol science light scattering has been the primary scattering method used to detect and measure the morphology of the constituent particles. As science and technology delve into the nanometer regime, light scattering becomes insufficient for useful detection and measurement of nanometer-sized particles. Thus new radiation sources and concomitant experimental technologies must be developed if wave scattering probes are to continue to be of great benefit to aerosol studies as they have been in the past. New sources and technologies appropriate for nanoscale aerosol scattering studies are currently being developed. These include synchrotron light sources in the x-ray and VUV wavelength ranges (0.2 to 200nm) and high flux neutron sources. These represent new and growing technologies leading to groundbreaking experimental methods. This symposium will bring together scientists who are either using these new devices or have interest to do so in order to: 1) exchange ideas and thus advance the field and 2) inform and educate other scientists, especially young scientists, of the opportunities, facilities, and methods available in this burgeoning area.

Nanoparticle Dosimetry, Toxicology, and Cellular Interactions (Jointly with ISAM)
Organizers: Chong S. Kim, Wolfgang Kreyling, and Marianne Geiser

The overall goal of this symposium is to address the importance of emerging nanoparticle technology, particularly related to effects on health. With hundreds of tons of nanomaterials already being made worldwide, potential impact of exposure to these tiny materials on health is enormous and yet is largely unknown. To highlight the impending issues, the symposium will be organized with three sessions: 1) transport and deposition of nanoparticles in the respiratory tract (nanoparticle dosimetry), 2) cellular interactions with nanoparticles and 3) biological responses and toxicological effects. Both in vivo and in vitro experiments, mathematical models and computer simulation studies will be put together such that the symposium may serve as a forum for a broad aspect of nanoparticles in health. The symposium is sponsored jointly with International Society for Aerosols in Medicine and international experts in the featured topics will be invited as a lead speaker.

Nanomaterials and Occupational Health
Organizers: Mark D. Hoover, Andrew Maynard, and Chuen-Jinn Tsai

The purpose of the Special Symposium on Nanomaterials and Occupational Health is to highlight research gaps, recent advances, and ongoing occupational health activities in aerosol science and technology related to the toxicity, health effects, exposure assessment, measurement, control, surveillance, risk assessment, risk management, and application of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies. Particular emphasis will be on accomplishments and opportunities for members of the International Aerosol Research Assembly to contribute to the methods validation, information sharing, and partnering aspects of aerosol science and technology for safe nanotechnologies. The format will include invited speakers and poster topics, submitted platform and poster presentations, and discussion sessions. Case studies describing workplace experiences and practices and measured particle characteristics are especially encouraged.

Industry Forum on Nanoparticle Science and Technology
Organizers: Sheldon Davis and Pratim Biswas

The goal of this symposium is to have a forum to discuss industry needs in nanoparticle science and technology, and how aerosol scientists can contribute to the progress. The forum will be include presentations by representatives from various industrial sectors – such as catalysis, powder production, chemicals production, microelectronics, and others. Presentations will provide a holistic view of the field as seen by industrial researchers. It is planned to organize a panel discussion to promote discussion and encourage audience participation.

Computer Software for Aerosol Research and Education
Organizers: Chang-Yu Wu and Kikuo Okuyama

Computer software is an important tool that provides researchers unforeseen insights into the aerosol system and helps them understand the dynamic behavior of aerosols. It offers possibilities of being used as an educational tool that can help students visualize complex aerosol systems and/or learn how to operate instruments in a virtual environment. Advances in information technology in recent years have greatly diversified the use of computer software in aerosol research and education. The goal of this symposium is to provide a mechanism that catalyzes the development and dissemination of such efforts.

The symposium will be run in three formats with presentations via platform sessions, poster sessions, and actual demonstration via computer stations. Topics of interest include various types of software and assessment methodologies, such as (but not limited to): Aerosol Mechanics; Virtual Instruments; Data Inversion; Aerosol Dynamics; Simulation Methods; Visualization; Aerosol Chemistry; Lab Preparation; Health/Environmental Risk Assessment, and others. In addition, the plan is to discuss funding opportunities and publication mechanisms in the symposium.

Aerosol and Bioterrorism Defense
Organizers: Sergey Grinshpun and Ed Steubing

The goal of this symposium is to include a series of presentations related to the issues of homeland security and bioterrorism defense. Aerosol science and engineering can make significant contributions in the detection of bioagents and develop technologies for remediation. A series of presentations will discuss novel, real-time methods for detection of bioagents, their characterization and devices for capture and inactivation.

Third Symposium on the History of Aerosol Science
Organizer: David S. Ensor
Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This pre-conference symposium will bring together researchers who will discuss the evolution of the field of aerosol science and engineering. Presenters will provide a historical perspective of the field and describe the work of giants, evolution of the scientific concepts, and instruments. The purpose of the History of Aerosol Science Symposium will be to gather material for the third volume in the History of Aerosol Science series. The symposium will include 24 platform papers contributed from a cross-section of the international community. Historical items, such as instruments and books, will be on display during the symposium.

A separate registration fee of $140 is required to attend the symposium. Please register on the enclosed registration form.