TechConnect World 2020
Co-Located with Nanotech 2020 SBIR/STTR Spring AI TechConnect
Nanotech 2020

Sustainability & Efficiency Innovations

Materials for Sustainability and Efficiency

Symposium Chair

Fiona CaseFiona Case
Program Chair

A concern for the environment, regulatory pressure, corporate sustainability goals, and recognition of consumer preferences for products with reduced carbon footprint are driving innovation in sustainable materials, and efficient products and processes. Submit your abstract and participate in this special symposium highlighting international research and development efforts and success stories in the development of a more sustainable future.

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Symposium Sessions

Monday June 29

10:30Surface Design, Adhesion & Sustainability
1:30Keynotes: Sustainable Materials for Personal & Home Care

Tuesday June 30

8:30Sustainable Materials Keynotes
10:30Sustainable Water Technologies: From Lab Scale to Pilot Scale, NNI Town Hall Meeting
1:30Materials for more Sustainable Polymers and Chemicals
4:00Water Technolgies - Posters
4:00Sustainability & Efficiency Innovations - Posters

Wednesday July 1

8:30Sustainable Materials Fireside Chat
10:30Bio-based Materials
1:30Carbon Capture & Utilization
4:00Bio-based Materials & Biofuels - Posters
4:00Carbon Capture & Utilization - Posters

Symposium Program

Monday June 29

10:30Surface Design, Adhesion & Sustainability
Session chair: Kock-Yee Law, Research and Innovative Solutions, US
Nature-Inspired Materials for Water Sustainability Applications
T-S Wong, The Pennsylvania State University, US
Frost Pattern on Macrotextured Surfaces
K-C Park, Northwestern University, US
Smooth and transparent hydrophilic surfaces showing good water sliding properties
A. Hozumi, S. Nakamura, C. Urata, R.J. Archers, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, JP
Design and fabrication of water repellent surfaces for subzero applications
G. Boveri, M. Raimondo, F. Veronesi, A. Corozzi, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics ISTEC CNR, IT
Engineering surfaces for condensing economizers: From filmwise to jumping droplet condensation using all dry processing
D. Davazoglou, G. Thomopoulos, V.S. Stathopoulos, N. Vourdas, NCSR Demokritos, GR
The relationship between superhydrophobic surface topography and ice adhesion
Y. Wang, University of Massachusetts Lowell, US
1:30Keynotes: Sustainable Materials for Personal & Home Care
Session chair: YuanQiao Rao, The Dow Chemical Company, US, Johan Pluyter, Pluyter Consulting, LLC
Dow’s Sustainability Journey in Home and Personal Care
P. Gupta, The Dow Chemical Company, US
Green Chemistry & Engineering Challenges for Home and Personal Care Materials
T.A. Kwan, Unilever, US
C. Bosques, Evolved by Nature, US
P. Singh, Cargill, US
Materials Science of Natural Material Based Hair Fixatives
Y.Q. Rao, T. Lan, K. Joshi, The Dow Chemical Company, US

Tuesday June 30

8:30Sustainable Materials Keynotes
Sustainable Performance Materials
R.D. Maier, BASF Corporation, US
Design of Next Generation of Plastics with Cellulose Filaments
H. Lentzakis, Kruger Biomaterials Inc., CA
Sustainable Packaging Solutions Using Low Density Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) Foam; Technical Challenges, Recyclability and End-Of-Life Solutions.
S. Sopher, JSP, US
Designed to be Recycled: Lignin-derived Polymers with Molecular Zippers
J. Sternberg, S. Pilla, Clemson University, US
10:30Sustainable Water Technologies: From Lab Scale to Pilot Scale, NNI Town Hall Meeting
This session will feature a slate of presentations from researchers and companies that have transitioned sustainable water technologies (e.g., membranes or sensors) from the research lab to pilot scale and testing. Presentations will address common pinch points and best practices, and conversations will explore ecosystem needs to support the commercialization of promising nanotechnologies to improve water monitoring, treatment, and use.
1:30Materials for more Sustainable Polymers and Chemicals
Session chair: Maksim Shivokhin, ExxonMobil, US
Self-reinforced nanofibrillar polymer foams
A. Anstey, M.B. Mahmud, A. Tuccitto, C.B. Park, P.C. Lee, University of Toronto, CA
Processing of polypropylene by material extrusion additive manufacturing
J. Gonzalez-Gutierrez, M. Spoerk, C. Holze, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, AT
Performance and Recycling of Nanocomposites for Electronics Applications
J. Mead, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, US
Accelerating the Commercialization of Chemical and Materials Technologies
M. Heuft, Xerox, CA
Thermal-Resistant Plastic Composites for Industrial Applications: Processing and Properties
S. Zhong, M. Rutkevicius, C. Stoner, ABB US Corporate Research Center, US
Total Cray Valley Innovation spotlight
C. Richardson, TOTAL Petrochemicals and Refining USA, US
4:00Water Technolgies - Posters
Study of Methylene blue adsorption on Manganese 1,4-benzene dicarboxylate
E.B. Attahdaniel, C.W. Dikio, P.N. Diagboya, C.Y. Abasi, F. Mtunzi, D. Wankasi, E.D. Dikio, Vaal University of Technology, ZA
Synthesis and characterization of some transition metals of benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid and adsorption of lead ion studies
C.W. Dikio, E.B. AttahDaniel, D. Wankasi, F. Mtunzi, Vaal University of Technology, ZA
Removal of Chromium (VI) Ions from Polluted Water Using Silica Supported Zero-Valent Iron (nZVI) Particles
F.A. Bezza, E.M.N. Chirwa, University of Pretoria, ZA
Synthesis of Silica Stabilized Zero-Valent Iron (NZVI) Particles for Adsorptive Removal of As(III) From Contaminated Water
F.A. Bezza, E.M.N. Chirwa, University of Pretoria, ZA
Capacitive deionization of salt water using (Cu-Ag)@C electrodes
W.-T. Chang, J. Wang, Y.-J. Tuan, H.P. Wang, National Cheng Kung University, TW
Immobilized nano-TiO2 photocatalysts for the degradation of three organic dyes in single, binary and ternary mixtures
U. Bellè, F. Pelizzari, M.V. Diamanti, M. Ormellese, M. Pedeferri, Politecnico Di Milano, IT
Portable Water Desalination System Using Hybrid Renewable Energy
J. Mi, Q. Li, E. Jones, Y. Zhu, X. Li, L. Zuo, Virginia Tech, US
Removal of Methylene Blue Dye Using nZVI, Nanoclay and Iron impregnated Nanoclay - A Comparative Study
M.M. Tarekegn, R.M. Balakrishnan, A.M. Hiruy, A.H. Dekebo, Addis Ababa University, ET
Development of a Portable and Hybrid Solar-Driven Desalination (SDD) System using Vacuum Membrane Distillation Process
A. Chafidz, S. Nurkhamidah, S. Rusdi, S. Al-Zahrani, Universitas Islam Indonesia, ID
Bipolar Protonic Semiconductor Physics and Model for Pure Liquid Water and Its Applications
B. Jie, T.C. Jie, C.T. Sah, CTSA.US LLC, US
Research and Application of Polymeric Gel Dam Technology to Control Water Channeling in Horizontal Wells of Tight Fractured Sandstone Reservoir
H. Yang, K. Wei, X. Qiu, C.C. Zhou, University of Wyoming, US
Molecular Organic Rejection Technology to Clean Water Now
G. Jones, Ultra3X Water Recycling, LLC, US
4:00Sustainability & Efficiency Innovations - Posters
Accurate Pole Testing can increase Resilience of Power Supply Grid and save billions of dollars at the same time
K. Deuar, Kris Deuar & Associates, Inc., US
Why the Shale Oil & Gas Industry is Rapidly Embracing Prescriptive Analytics
M. Drouven, J. Eason, Exenity, US
Quality of Energy in the Photovoltaic Generation through Interaction Between Inverters of Different Manufacturers Connected at Electric Grid
J. Bione Melo Filho, J. Genilson Azevedo, Companhia Hidro Elétrica do São Francisco - Chesf, BR
Sobradinho (BA) Floating Photovoltaic Platform - Challenges and Implementation Strategies
J. Bione Melo Filho, P. Sinval, Companhia Hidro Elétrica do São Francisco - Chesf, BR
Review on Functional Mixed Anion Layered Compounds and Computational Chemical Analysis on a Representative MALC, Sr2VFeAsO3-δ
Y. Kamihara, Keio University, JP
Cooling and Heating with Ground Source Energy
A.bdeen Omer, Energy Research Institute (ERI), UK
A Portable Nuclear Fusion Powered Generator
M. Paluszek, S. Thomas, C. Swanson, S. Cohen, Princeton Fusion Systems, US
An Innovative Nanotechnology-Based Clean and Highly-Efficient Combustion Engine
B. Chehroudi, Advanced Technology Consultants, US
Reinforcing circular concrete columns reinforced with GFRP bars and helices
H. Karim, M.N. Sheikh, M.N.S. Hadi, University of Wollongong, AU
60Hertz Microgrid Maintenance Software
P. Foster Wilder, 60Hertz Microgrids, US
Measurement and Verification (M&V) Guidelines for Shipboard Applications
S.B. Earni, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US
Cost effective mitigation of wildfire risk generated by power lines
K. Deuar, Kris Deuar & Associates, Inc., US
Funnel Type Underwater Energy Harvesting Equipment
J. Lee, Andong National University, KR

Wednesday July 1

8:30Sustainable Materials Fireside Chat
Session chair: Fiona Case, TechConnect, US
10:30Bio-based Materials
Session chair: Rebecca Locker, Modern Meadow, US
C. Dimmler, Checkerspot, Inc., US
Poly-γ-Glutamic Acid: A Green Alternative to Sodium Polyacrylate for Superabsorbents
C. Peng, Ecovia Renewables Inc., US
Integrated Economic and Environmental Sustainability Analysis of Guar Gum
J.C. Quinn, H.M. Summers, E. Sproul, C. Seavert, J. Robbs, S. Khanal, V. Mealing, A.E. Landis, N. Fan, O. Sun, Colorado State University, US
N. Rorrer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US
Cellulose Based Eco-foam
P. Wang, X. Zhang, Washington State University, US
Vibration Assisted Injection Molding: An Innovative Energy Efficient Processing Technique for Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) with Enhanced Properties
P. Gao, A. Duhduh, A. Kundu, J. Xing, J.P. Coulter, Lehigh University, US
1:30Carbon Capture & Utilization
Session chair: Elizabeth Burton, UC. Berkeley, US
Performance-Advantaged Plastic Monomers Made from CO2 and Waste Biomass
M. Kanan, Stanford University, US
R. Cortright, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US
Turning CO2 Into a Building Material by Mineralization
M. Bauchy, G. Sant, University of California, Los Angeles, US
A saline-water based mineralization scheme for gigaton-scale CO2 management
E.C. La Plante, J. Wang, A. Alturki, D. Simonetti, D. Jassby, G. Sant, University of California, Los Angeles, US
Integrated Process of CO2 Capture and Conversion to Chemicals: Technology Opportunities and Challenges
C. Panchal, K. Goyal, R. Doctor, E3Tec Service, LLC, US
4:00Bio-based Materials & Biofuels - Posters
Waste-Powered Microgrid for Enhanced Energy Security of Critical Base Infrastructure
D. Robau, National Energy USA, US
Comprehensive Characterization of Bio-Crude Oil from Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Kitchen Waste
H. Bayat, M. Dehghanizadeh, J.M. Jarvis, C.E. Brewer, U. Jena, New Mexico State University, US
HTL Derived Biochar for Supercapacitor Electrodes
V. Amar, B.K. Maddipudi, K. Shell, J. Houck, A. Thakkar, R.B. Gupta, S. Kumar, R. Shende, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, US
4:00Carbon Capture & Utilization - Posters
Recent Advancements, Fundamental Challenges, and Opportunities in Design of Adsorbents for CO2 Capture
Y. Soujanya, A. Parameswari, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, IN
A Review of the Scientific Literature for Supercritical CO2 Applications to Propose its Efficacy as a Heat Transfer Fluid and for Vapor Compression Cycles
J.C. Zelaya, A. Tremante, Florida International University, US
Computational design and screening of solid materials for CO2 capture application
Y. Duan, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory, US
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