The impact that manufactured materials can have on the environment is becoming a focus of discussion worldwide due to the growing awareness of environmental protection and sustainable development. Currently, the entire life cycle of a material, extraction to ultimate disposal, needs to consider its effects on the environment. This situation has led to important challenges in order to develop environmentally-friendly materials capable to match or even surpass the properties of those currently used.

As protecting the environment becomes more important, novel materials are being developed which are capable of assisting in complex tasks such as remediation in oil spillages, water treatment and recycling. Furthermore, new ongoing studies are focusing not only on developing nanomaterials for environmental applications but also on understanding the effect that these materials have on the environment.

These developments require an in-depth study of the physical and chemical structure and properties of materials as well as their manufacture and design. The symposium “Materials and the Environment” will cover the environmental impacts of the materials entire life cycle, extraction, production and use, up to ultimate disposal. It will also include approaches to solve environmental problems such as pollution, recycling and remediation. Recent advances in nanotechnologies for soil, water and wastewater treatment will be included in laboratory, pilot plant and full-scale applications. In addition, studies of the potential impact of nanomaterials in human health and ecosystems will be covered.

Symposium Topics

  • Materials extraction and global resources issues (i.e. extraction metallurgy)
  • Environmental impacts of processing (processing of metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, etc.).
  • Design for sustainability (design for successful recycling, waste minimization, energy efficiency and increased lifetime).
  • End of life challenges (recycling, biodegradability, composting, chemical recovery, and energy recovery).
  • Use of waste and/or plant-base materials as sustainable materials.
  • Remediation (water, soil and air).
  • Materials for water treatment, water reuse and recycling.
  • Photocatalytic materials (materials for water and air depollution, water splitting and CO2 reduction).
  • Use of nanomaterials to solve environmental problems.
  • Effect of nanomaterials in the environment.

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Invited Speakers

Ashok Gadgil, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Ricardo Gómez Romero, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, México; Ron Hardman, Duke University, USA; Elena Serrano Torregrosa, Universidad de Alicante, Spain; Francisco Javier Rodríguez González, Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, México; David Lerner, University of Sheffield, UK; María del Carmen Hidalgo López, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Centro Mixto Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC, Spain; Pedro J. Álvarez, Rice University, USA; Eduardo Pino-López, Santiago de Chile University, Chile; Miguel Angel Mueses, Cartagena University, Colombia; Rafael Vázquez Duhalt, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico; Karen Esquivel Escalante, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México