TechConnect World 2016
National SBIR/STTR Conference National Innovation Summit & Showcase Nanotech 2016

Materials for Sustainability and Efficiency

Materials for Sustainability and Efficiency

Symposium Chair

Fiona CaseFiona Case
Technical Program Chair
TechConnect; Nano Science and Technology Institute


Symposium Sessions

Monday May 23

10:30Materials for Sustainable Building I
1:30Materials for Sustainable Building II

Tuesday May 24

10:30Materials for Sustainabilty
10:30EPA P3 - Taking Environmental Technologies to Market
1:30Biofuels & Bioproducts: Conversion
1:30Emerging Trends on the Environmental Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials II
1:30Innovation Spotlights: Water/Environment - Armstrong, Newell Brands
Carbon Capture & Utilization: Posters 4:00
Biofuels & Bioproduct: Posters 4:00
Materials for Sustainabilty & Efficiency: Posters 4:00
Materials for Green Building: Posters 4:00

Wednesday May 25

8:30Water Technologies Keynotes
8:30Innovation Spotlights: Energy/Efficiency - Emerald Technology Ventures
10:30Nano & Microfibrillated Cellulose: Materials
10:30Innovation Spotlights: Energy/Transportation - Magna, Cummins
10:30NASA Innovation & Technology Transfer
1:30Membranes for Water Treatment
1:30Energy Innovations
Water Technologies: Posters 3:30

Symposium Program

Monday May 23

10:30Materials for Sustainable Building IChesapeake 5
Session chair: Jan Kosny, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE (bio)
10:30Materials for Sustainable & Green Buildings: Opportunities and Innovations (invited presentation)
K. Sawyer, U.S. Department of Energy, US (bio)
10:55Simplified fabrication of transparent, custom-shaped, and cellular aerogel composites (invited presentation)
M. Bertino, Virginia Commonwealth University, US (bio)
11:20Crement & Concrete: Where are we going (invited presentation)
F. Jachimowicz, P. Westgate, FJ Consulting, LLC, US
11:45Development of a new thermally insulating and structural green concrete for lean constructions
S. Ng, B.P. Jelle, SINTEF, NO
12:05Ten Years of Nanotechnology in Architecture
G. Elvin, Ball State University, US
1:30Materials for Sustainable Building IIChesapeake 5
Session chair: Jan Kosny, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE (bio)
1:30Residential Solar Systems as an Appliance – Plug and Play PV (invited presentation)
C. Honeker, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, US
1:55A Review of Research Pathways and Opportunities for Building Integrated Photovoltaics from a (invited presentation)
B.P. Jelle, S. Ng, S.A. Mofid, T. Gao, SINTEF Building and Infrastructure / Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO
2:20Nanoelectrochromics for Smart Windows: Materials and Methodologies
T. Gao, B.P. Jelle, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO
2:40Low cost artificial muscles for residential and industrial energy savings
M. Dias Lima, Lintec of America, US
3:00Stability, Cost and Sustainability of Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices
D. O’Carroll, C. Carter, Z. Shen, J. Tracey, C. Antonick, Rutgers University, US
3:20Improving the optical-radiative properties of TiO2 containing coatings – a side effect of air purification
R. Paolini, M. Sleiman, M.-P. Pedeferri, M.V. Diamanti, Politecnico di Milano, IT
3:40Characterization, optimization and efficient implementation of active facades in social housing buildings
E. Iribar-Solaberrieta, I. Ruiz de Vergara-Ruiz de Azua, C. Escudero-Revilla, D. Perez-González, J.M. Hidalgo-Betanzos, J.M. Sala-Lizarraga, UPV-EHU, ES

Tuesday May 24

10:30Materials for SustainabiltyChesapeake 5
Session chair: YuanQiao Rao, Rahul Sharma, The Dow Chemical Company (bio)
10:30Reinforced Nano-composite Films with Reduced Environmental Impact
A.F. Chen, J.H. Wang, G. Wideman, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, US
10:50Reduction in HDPE geomembrane thermal expansion using nanoclay particles
P.I. Dolez, R. Mohamed, E. David, M. Weltrowski, CTT Group, CA
11:10Nanodielectrics for use in HVDC power systems and their structure-property relationships using Chemometric methods
G.C. Stevens, N.A. Freebody, A.S. Vaughan, F. Perrot, Gnosys Global, UK
11:30Recyclable Carbon Fiber Composites – The Future of Light Weight Electric Vehicles
S. Pastine, Connora Technologies, US
11:50Melt extrusion fiber spinning of polyethylene reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals at high loadings
N. Brandquist, A. Ayoub, R.A. Venditti, NC State University, US
12:10Sustainable Technology Solutions – Natural rubber to replace plasticized PVC in exterior durable application - A case study by NZ Product Accelerator model of engagement of supply chain partners
K.K.G. De Silva, M. Taylor, R. Nilmini, S. Kariyawasm, J. Vithanachchi, NZ Product Accelerator - University of Auckland, NZ
10:30EPA P3 - Taking Environmental Technologies to MarketNational Harbor 5
Session chair: Greg Lank, EPA, US
G. Lank, EPA P3, US
A. Richards, EPA SBIR, US
V. Shunturov, Lucid, Lucid Connects, US
R. Cairncross, Environmental Fuel Research, US
H. Naquin, Venturewell, US
N. Kaplan, Foresight Science & Technology, US
1:30Biofuels & Bioproducts: ConversionPotomac 6
Session chair: Srinivas Iyer, Los Alamos National Laboratory (bio)
1:30Funding R&D for Bioproducts that Enable Biofuels in the Bioenergy Technologies Office (invited presentation)
J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Department of Energy, US
1:55Processing of pre-treated biomass for the commercial production on bio-ethanol and biochemicals (invited presentation)
S. Parekh, Sweetwater Energy, US
2:20Regulatory Impediments to Commercializing Biofuel and Other Biobased Products
K.M. Roberts, Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, US
2:40Electrochemical Production of Hydrocarbons for Lubricants, Waxes and Fuels from Biological Feedstocks
C. Joshi, D. Malevich, J. Dambacher, F. Lockwood, Altranex Corporation, CA
3:00The Unbeatable Beet: Biorefining Of Sugar Beet Pulp
R. Nolles, F. Staps, G. van Engelen, Cosun Biobased Products, US
3:20Biorenewable Production Pathway for Nylon and PET
C. Forney, Iowa State University, US
3:40Production Optimization of E. Coli Fermented Synthetic Spider Silk for Commercial Viability
A. Edlund, R. Lewis, J. Jones, J. Quinn, Utah State University, US
4:00Development of a Renewable Fuel Nanotechnology
V. Klausmeier, Sylvatex Inc., US
1:30Emerging Trends on the Environmental Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials IIChesapeake 11-12
Session chair: Dhimiter Bella, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
1:30Fate and behavior of inorganic nanomaterials in the environment; the role of environmental transformations (invited presentation)
J. Lead, University of South Carolina, US
1:55Size-dependent gold nanoparticle uptake in Caenorhabditis elegans by elemental mass spectrometry and imaging techniques
M.E. Johnson, A.R. Montoro Bustos, S.K. Hanna, R. Dave Holbrook, C.M.S. Ims, P.E. Lapasset, E.J. Petersen, J.T. Elliot, B.C. Nelson, L.L. Yu, K.E. Murphy, M.R. Winchester, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
2:15Positively charged nanoparticles lead to artifacts in a C. elegans toxicity assay
S.K. Hanna, A. Montoro Bustos, L.D. Scanlan, S. Hosbas Coskun, M.E. Johnson, M.R. Winchester, B.C. Nelson, J.T. Elliott, E.J. Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
2:35Application of Single Particle ICP-MS for the Determination of Plant Uptake and Biotransformation of CeO2 Nanoparticles
Y. Dan, H. Shi, X. Ma, W. Zhang, K. Liu, C. Stephan, Missouri University of Science and Technology, US
2:55Effects of Engineered Nanoparticles on Hydrophobic Organic Pollutants
E. Sahle-Demessie, C. Han, A. Zhao, H. Grecsek, U.S. Environmental Protectin Agency, US
1:30Innovation Spotlights: Water/Environment - Armstrong, Newell BrandsNational Harbor 5
Session chair: S. Dockum, USDA, US
1:30Armstrong: Innovation Spotlight
K. Kehrer, Armstrong, US
1:45Newell Brands: Innovation Spotlight
M. Paquette, Newell Brands, US
2:00A Safe, Sustainable, and Inexpensive Water Purification System
D. Kurup, Aquidas, Inc., US
2:07Soil Strengthening and Cementation
B. Loux, Arizona Technology Enterprises (ASU), US
2:14Carbon Nanotube Immobilized Membranes for Water Treatment & Recovery
S. Mitra, New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT Corporation, US
2:21Hydrocarbon Membranes for Energy and Water Electrochemical Systems
J. Nelson, Sandia National Laboratories, US
2:28MicroCED: Microbial Based Chlorinated Ethene Destruction
D. Haas, Savannah River National Laboratory, US
2:35Compact Laser Spectroscopy for Downhole Applications
J. Sosenko, DOE-NETL, US
2:42Bio-Inspired Hydraulic Actuator to Stabilize Buildings in Natural Disasters
M. Shaw, University of California, Santa Barbara, US
2:49A Portable Heavy Metal Detector
P. Kurup, University of Massachusetts Lowell, US
2:56FertiSaver
K. Bhalerao, Soil Diagnostics, US
3:03Reclamation of Critical and Value Materials from Electronics using an Electrorecycling Process
R. Bills, Idaho National Laboratory, US
3:10NMX ™Absorbents for Removing Toxic Metals from Water
R. Epperson, Crystal Clear Technologies, Inc., US
3:17Armstrong, Newell Brands: Q&A
Carbon Capture & Utilization: Posters 4:00Expo Hall D & E
Sustained Solar Fuel Production in Multiple Thermochemical Cycles Using Sol-Gel Derived Ferrite Nanopowders
R. Bhosale, P. Sutar, A. Kumar, F. AlMomani, I. Alxneit, J. Scheffe, Qatar University, QA
Synthesis of Zr and Hf Doped Ceria Nanoparticles via Co-precipitation Method for Solar Thermochemical Conversion of CO2
R. Bhosale, P. Sutar, A. Kumar, F. AlMomani, I. Alxneit, J. Scheffe, Qatar University, QA
The Electrobiome® Platform: Synthesis of ElectroFuels and Chemicals from CO2
H.D. May, E.V. LaBelle, Synbiohm LLC and Medical University of South Carolina, US
Biofuels & Bioproduct: Posters 4:00Expo Hall D & E
The Effect of Intermediate Ozonation Process on Improving Biogas Production from Co-Digestion of Agricultural Waste and Manure
F. Almomani, R.R. Bhosale, A. Kumar, Qatar University, QA
Estimation of Algae Concentration in Water Using Spectrophotometric Measurements and First Derivative of Absorbance
F.A. Almomani, B. Örmeci, Qatar University, QA
Potential for Green Algae Spirulina to Capture Carbon Dioxide from Gas Stream
M.S. Shurair, F. Almomani, S. Judd, R.R. Bhosale, A. Kumar, Qatar University, QA
Tolerant yeast in situ detoxifies major class of toxic chemicals while producing ethanol
Z.L. Liu, ARS-USDA, US
Systems biology and pathway engineering enable Saccharomyces cerevisiae to utilize C-5 and C-6 sugars simultaneously for cellulosic ethanol production
Z.L. Liu, Jaewoon. Moon, ARS-USDA, US
Lower-cost cellulosic ethanol production using cellobiose fermenting yeast Clavispora NRRL Y-50464
Z.L. Liu, S.A. Weber, ARS-USDA, US
Thermal Transformation of Aqueous Lignin Suspension into Nanoparticle Dispersion and Its Associative Properties
L. Zhaoquing, J.C. Gast, K.J. Bottorff, Solenis LLC, US
Nitrogen-modified biomass-derived porous carbon for electric double layer capacitors application
K. Wang, Z. Gu, Q. Fan, south dakota state university, US
Catalytic Bio-Oil Production by Hydrothermal Liquefaction of the Macroalgae Ulva Fasciata Using Iron Species from Different Sources
A. Rojas-Perez, C.B. Frias-Flores, G. Rodríguez-Narváez, M.L. Adrover-Castellano, H.L. Pabon-Colon, U. Jena, L.M. Díaz-Vázquez, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, US
Reviving natural product and drug discovery pipelines with fungal artificial chromosome (FAC) technology
K. Clevenger, J.W. Bok, R. Ye, G. Miley, T. Velk, C. Chen, K.H. Yang, P. Gao, M. Lamprecht, P. Thomas, M.D. Islam, N. Keller, N. Kelleher, C. Wu, Intact Genomics, Inc., US
Materials for Sustainabilty & Efficiency: Posters 4:00Expo Hall D & E
A study of green synthesis and antimicrobial activity of cellulose-based nanosilver composite paper
J. Choi, S. Ko, Yonsei University, KR
Light-Control Film & Glass Comprised of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals
R. Hua, J. Guo, Tsinghua University, CN
Research on mix proportion and nitrogen release property of porous concrete with recycled aggregate
Q. Huang, L. Lu, C. Gong, S. Wang, P. Zhao, W. Zong, University of Jinan, CN
Ocean Current Energy, LLC. Innovations for Distributed Hydrokinetic Power Generation
B. Heafitz, P. Mulvey, Ocean Current Energy, LLC., US
Surface modification of aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) anodes with CFx plasma treatment and nanoscale WOx layers for enhanced electro-optical performance in OLEDs
J. Kumar Jha, R. Santos-Ortiz, W. Sun, J. Du, N.D. Shepherd, University of North Texas Denton, US
Materials for Green Building: Posters 4:00Expo Hall D & E
Utilization of Hollow Silica Nanospheres for thermal Insulation Purposes
S.A. Mofid, B.P. Jelle, T. Gao, NTNU, NO
The Perspective Applications of Graphene Oxide in the Construction Building Materials
Z.Y. Lu, Z.J. Li, H.Y. Ma, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
Effect of matrix components with low thermal conductivity and density on performances of cement-EPS/VM insulation mortar
M. Chen, S. Wang, L. Lu, W. Zong, P. Zhao, C. Gong, University of Jinan, CN
Use life cycle assessment and risk assessment tools to oversee the development of nanomaterial in building industry
M. Hu, Catholic University of America, US

Wednesday May 25

8:30Water Technologies KeynotesPotomac 4
Session chair: Armin Völkel, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) (bio)
8:30How Membrane Technology Contributes to Sustainability and Life Sciences (invited presentation)
A. Roy, S. Rosenberg, R. Cieslinski, I. Tomlinson, K. Majamaa, S. Jons, Y. Maeda, J. Johnson, M. Koreltz, M. Paul and M. Peery, Dow Energy and Water Solutions, US
8:55A Novel Nanotechnology to Generate Electricity From Seawater Becomes Efficient Water Desalination Process (invited presentation)
G. Page, Magna Imperio Systems Corporation, US
9:20How can magnets and mathematics help with the global water crisis? (invited presentation)
I. Griffiths, University of Oxford, UK
8:30Innovation Spotlights: Energy/Efficiency - Emerald Technology VenturesNational Harbor 5
Session chair: T. Greeff, NSTXL, US
8:30Emerald Technology Ventures: Innovation Spotlight
N. Cameron, Emerald Technology Ventures, CA
8:45NSTXL: Innovation Spotlight
T. Greeff, NSTXL - National Security Technology Accelerator, US
9:00Fast Superconducting Re-closer for Medium Voltage Grid Applications
V. Solovyov, Brookhaven National Laboratory, US
9:07Novel Membranes: Liquid-based gating mechanism with tunable multiphase selectivity and antifouling behavior
R. Cunningham, Wyss Institute at Harvard, US
9:14Evaporation-driven generators
O. Sahin, Columbia University, US
9:21High-power triboelectric power generator
J. Park, Sungkyunkwan University Research & Business Foundation, KR
9:28CO2 Capture Technology using KIERSOLTM
E. Kim, Korea Institute of Energy Research(KIER) (Government funded Institute), US
9:35Emerald Technology Ventures, NSTXL Q&A
10:30Nano & Microfibrillated Cellulose: MaterialsChesapeake 5
Session chair: World L-S. Nieh, U.S. Forest Service, Sean Ireland, Imerys (bio)
10:30Biomass to BioPlus™- Low Cost Nanocellulose Composites for Light Weighting (invited presentation)
K. Nelson, American Process, Inc., US
10:55High-consistency enzymatic fibrillation (HefCel) – a cost-efficient way to produce cellulose nanofibrils (CNF)
H. Kangas, J. Pere, P. Qvintus, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., FI
11:15Allyl, glycidyl methacrylate and cyclodextrin-modified nanocelluloses. Preparation, characterisation and adsorption-release specific properties
E. Vismara, M. Zarattini, A. Bernardi, D. Nanni, S. Bertini, C. Freire, Politecnico di Milano, IT
11:35Design of cationic cellulose nanocrystals for potential biomedical applications
R. Sunasee, U.D. Hemraz, J. Burdick, Y. Boluk, K. Ckless, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, US
11:55Demonstrating the Safety of Cellulose Nanomaterials – high performance bio-based materials
J. Shatkin, K. Ong, J. Ede, Vireo Advisors, LLC, US
10:30Innovation Spotlights: Energy/Transportation - Magna, CumminsNational Harbor 5
Session chair: Y.Q. Rao, Dow, US
10:30Magna: Innovation Spotlight
D. Pascoe, Magna, US
10:40Cummins: Innovation Spotlight
R. England, Cummins, US
11:00Prototyping of Advanced Materials for Next Generation Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries
D. Morris, Polaris Laboratories, LLC, US
11:07Robust Modal Filtering for Real-Time Control and Performance Optimization of Flexible Aircraft and Other Structures
S. Hull, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), US
11:14Advanced vapor-coating technologies
A. Paxson, DropWise Technologies Corp., US
11:21Marine antifouling peptide
C. Gesswein, Clemson University, US
11:28Magna, Cummins Q&A
10:30NASA Innovation & Technology TransferChesapeake 3
D. Lockney, NASA, US
NASA Innovators: Commercialization Success Stories
12:00Lunch Break (on own)
1:30Membranes for Water TreatmentPotomac 4
Session chair: YuanQiao Rao, The Dow Chemical Company, Armin Völkel, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) (bio)
1:30Unique Separation and Antifouling Properties of Graphene Oxide Membranes (invited presentation)
B. Mi, University of California, Berkeley, US
1:55Antifouling and Antimicrobial Coatings for Water Purification Membranes (invited presentation)
Y-H. Na, IBM Almaden Research Center, US
2:20Magnetically Aligned Nanotubes in Nanocomposite Membranes for High-Performance Filtration Applications
P. Ignacio-de Leon, X. Chen, E. Rabe, M. Urgun-Demirtas, M. Puga, Z. Zhou, R. Brotzman, Argonne National Laboratory, US
2:40Novel Membranes: Liquid‐based gating mechanism with tunable multiphase selectivity and antifouling behaviour
X. Hou, Y. Hu, A. Grinthal, M. Khan, J. Aizenberg, Wyss Institute - Harvard University, US
3:00Analysis of Permeance vs. Support Porosity for Thin Film Composite Membranes
I.H. Karampelas, L. Zhu, W. Jia, M. Yavari, H. Lin, E.P. Furlani, University at Buffalo, SUNY, US
3:20GO-based filtration membrane for removal of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) from water
A. Paneri, S. Moghaddam, University of Florida, US
1:30Energy InnovationsChesapeake 8-9
Session chair: Imre Gyuk, U.S. Department of Energy (bio)
1:30Nanostructured Magnets and High-Power-Density Synchronous Generators
S.E. Lyshevski, Rochester Institute of Technology, US
1:50MaimAir: A Flexible and Modular Energy Storage System for Tomorrow Energy Banks
D. Fargion, E. Habib, Rome University 1, Sapienza, IT
2:10Design of a heat-recirculating combustor for a thermophotovoltaic system
T.Y. Kim, H.K. Kim, O.C. Kwon, School of Mechanical Engineering Sungkyunkwan University, KR
2:30Bending the DoD Energy Consumption Curve With Big Data Analytics (Conserving Energy with 1’s and 0’s)
M. Weatherly, Frontier Technology, Inc. (FTI), US
2:50An Approach for Estimating the Economic Benefits of Microgrids while Evlauating Tradeoffs Between Multiple Assets, Objectives and Parties
P. Balducci, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US
Water Technologies: Posters 3:30Potomac Registration Hall
Adsorption of paracetamol onto carbon nanomaterials and degradation by ultrasonic and gamma radiation
A. Hernández-Martínez, M. Valdés-Callado, K. González-Labrada, M. Rapado-Paneque, A. Chávez-Ardanza, M. Arias, P. Serp, R.R. Bacsa, U.J. Jáuregui-Haza, University of Artemisa, CU
In-situ generation of radicals in photocatalytic reactor with TiO2 nanotube plate
D. Pak, H. Ku, Y. Lee, Seoul National University of Science and Technolog, KR
Heat powered water pump for reverse osmosis desalination
M. Glushenkov, R. Bhosale, A. Kumar, F. AlMomani, A. Kronberg, Qatar University, QA
An integral approach for water treatment and the use of water-energy interdependency network
Y. Lin, Z. Zhou, S-Y Pan, S. Snyder, Argonne National Laboratory, US

Topics & Application Areas

  • Green electronics
  • Energy harvesting technologies
  • Waste reduction, remediation
  • Green & sustainable polymer materials
  • Natural & renewable composites
  • Lighting & display
  • Materials for energy transport & grid technologies
  • Green chemistry & materials case studies
  • Biobased chemicals & biomanufacturing
  • Other

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