VWR sponsor2019 Nano Safety Workshop – February 28, 2019

1:15 PM – 4:50 PM

190 Engineering Sciences Building

MRL is a facility that brings in researchers and students from many different backgrounds. In the research environment, work and studies with nanomaterials is steadily growing. This workshop is for all involved with nanomaterial research to help educate them how to properly handle nanomaterials and how to protect themselves. Educating others is a promising way to help our MRL facility and other labs on campus stay a safe environment for research.

1:15pm      Maisie Kingren, MRL Safety Engineer and a DRS Safety Professional

How we currently handle Nano Safety on Campus

1:30pm      Laura Hodson, CIH, FAIHA – Coordinator of NIOSH’s Nanotechnology Research Center

Risk Management and Best Practices for Handling Engineered Nanomaterials


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been researching the potential impact of occupational exposure to engineered nanomaterials since 2004.  This research has led to the creation of several guidance documents including Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Managing the Safety and Health Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials, General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories, and Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes.  This presentation will provide advice for how to incorporate good risk management practices to control potential occupation exposures to engineered nanomaterials.

2:15pm      Cathy Murphy, Chemistry, and MRL Associate Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nanoparticles and the Environment: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly


The field of nanotechnology has produced many materials under intense investigation in research labs worldwide.  Many of these materials have moved into commercial production.  For nanomedicine applications, it is of course imperative to understand the nanomaterial/biology interface at many length and time scales. The “green revolution” in chemistry has also sparked work to make the syntheses and end-use of nanomaterials as environmentally friendly as possible.  In this talk I will discuss case studies from my laboratory that use gold nanocrystals – possibly the most inert nanomaterial there is – to understand molecular-level toxicity and the mechanisms of nanomaterial interactions with living cells, communities of living cells, and entire ecosystems.

3:00pm      Cookie and Coffee Break—2008 Supercon

3:30pm      David Wasescha, Labconco Product Manager

Nano Containment


Nano research provides an exciting path forward for the development of technologies that will change our future, but not without potential risks to health and safety. In this seminar, Labconco Product Manager David Wasescha will address best practices and pitfalls for ventilated containment of nanomaterials including. Current methods for measuring nanomaterials and containment enclosures will also be covered in this 30 minute session.

4:00pm      Edward Chainani, Safety Engineer, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Control Banding Nanotool

4:30pm      Closing Remarks