International Workshop "Nanotechnology applied to Environmental Geotechnics"

This international workshop intends to promote the research and innovation opportunities in Environmental Geotechnics, the state-of-the-art in this area and the integration of the developments in nanotechnology in Geotechnics, applied to solve environmental problems.

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After a significant progress in several areas, there is a growing interest of geotechnics, in particular of environmental geotechnics, by the innovation opportunities of integrating nanotechnology in this sector. Among the areas of environmental geotechnics that can mostly benefit form the utilization of nanotechnology, the pollution prevention, soil remediation, pollution monitoring, and waste reuse, can be highlighted.

As in any technological area that utilizes new materials and chemical substances, nanotechnology can bring some risks to the environment and public health. Therefore these aspects will be also discussed in this workshop.

Presentation Slides


Dec. 4th

09:00 Welcome & Opening Ceremony
09:30 Nanomaterials for environmental geotechnical applications, Senentxu Lanceros-Méndez (University of Minho, Portugal)
10:10 Environmental impacts of nanoparticles: from cells to ecosystems, Fernanda Cássio (University of Minho, Portugal)
10:35 Coffee Break
11:00 Zero-valent iron nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and applications, Célia Ferreira (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal)
11:25 Application, quality assessment and behavior of zero-valent iron nanoparticles, Jan Slunský (NANO IRON, Czech Republic)
12:05 Lab scale experiments with nanoparticles, Miroslav Cernik (University of Liberec, Czech Republic)
12:45 Lunch
14:30 Applying multiwall carbon nanotubes as a cement-reducing additive for soil stabilization, António Alberto (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
14:55 The reference state of use of nZVI for the contaminated site treatment: technological perspectives, expectations, and reality, Petr Kvapil (AQUATEST, Czech Republic)
15:35 Soil and groundwater remediation with zero-valent iron nanoparticles: Barreiro pilot test, Jorge Gonçalves (Geoplano, Portugal)
16:00 Coffee Break
16:20 Bioremediation of Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) at a contaminated site, Alette Langenhof (Wageningen University, Netherlands)
16:45 Nanomaterial modified membranes for environmental applications, João Pereira (University of Minho, Portugal)
17:10 Nanotechnological strategies to restore biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients and metals in nature, Teresa Tavares (University of Minho, Portugal)
17:35 Discussion session
18:00 Closing Ceremony

Dec. 5th
9:30-11:00 Visit to INL Facilities in Braga by Prof. Paulo Freitas, Deputy Director General of INL

Deadline - November 30th
Normal - 60€
SPG, CPGA or OE associates - 45 €
Students - 15 €
Includes participation in technical sessions, folder, pen with extended abstracts and presentations, coffee break and a visit the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (limited to 25 participants). Lunch is not included.

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Campus de Azurém da Universidade do Minho
4800-058 Guimarães

NIPC: 502 585 757

NIB (Banking Account Number) for Bank Transfer Payment: 0033 0000 0022 1470 0130 5

Madalena Alves (Chair, UM)
António Gomes Correia (UM)
António José Roque (CPGA/LNEC)
Jorge Gonçalves (CPGA/Geoplano)
Senentxu Lanceros-Méndez (UM)
Teresa Tavares (UM)

UMinho - Ana Guedes
Phone: 253601980