Our friends out in Oregon are hosting what should be a very interesting and timely conference — Greener Nano 2008 — on March 10 – 11, 2008 at Hewlett Packard (HP) in Corvallis, Oregon.  The conference is being co-sponsored by the the Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI) of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), HP, the Airforce Research Laboratory, Nanotechnology Now, invitrogen, and Nanowerk.  The two-day conference will focus on designing strategies to enhance nanoscale material performance yet minimize risk in the face of putative EHS effects.  There will be presentations on cutting edge research in sustainable nanomaterials design, the latest developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and the potential biological impacts of nanomaterials.  Speakers include:

David Chen, Founder — Equilibrium Capital Group;

Patti Glaza, Executive Director/CEO — Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization;

Robert Hurt, Professor Division of Engineering — Brown University;

James Hutchison, Professor and Director of SNNI, Department of Chemistry — University of Oregon;

Rajesh Naik, Technology Advisor Materials and manufacturing Directorate — Air Force Research Laboratory;

Robert Tanguay, Associate Professor, Director of the NIEHS Toxicology Training Grant
Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology — Oregon State University;

Mark McCullough;

Vince Remcho — Oregon State University; and

Mark Lonergan — University of Oregon.

You can see more about the conference and register online here.  Additionally, our readers will be interested in learning about how SNNI is working to achieve its three stated goals: [i] design environmentally-benign nanoparticles designed for use in electronic and optical applications, such as sensing, optics, and photovoltaics; [ii] develop greener methods for large-scale nanoparticle production; and [iii] discover efficient approaches for interfacing nanoparticles with each other or with other components in functional devices.