New Frontiers in Nanomaterials – Innovation and Safety Concerns


Materials scientists developing nanomaterials have been harnessing their unique properties in remarkable ways creating significant opportunities for innovation. But, the excitement these discoveries generate must be tempered with a concern for the safety of those working with and producing nanomaterials, as well as those who use the products in which they are found.

This year’s ASM Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Chapter “Pittsburgh Night Lecture” will discuss new historical discoveries of the use of nanomaterials in ancient societies, amazing advances in nanotechnology, and the development of exposure standards for engineered nanoparticles. This is not a trivial task as there is significant scientific effort required to develop reliable testing methods capable of providing reliably representative results. The activity and persistence of these nanomaterials during their disposal are also a concern for regulatory bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Addressing these concerns require materials science just as much as the development in the laboratory to make nanomaterials in the first place. The future potential for nanotechnology is exceptionally bright, but is far from certain until some of these critical issues are addressed.

Please RSVP to manohar@rmu.edu. Members $25 with RSVP, $30 at the door. Non-members $30 with RSVP, $35 at the door. Admission is free for Material Advantage Student Members. Fee includes social hour and dinner. Cash or check only at the door. 

Social Hour: 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Presentation: 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Matthew J. Perricone is currently a Principal Investigator at RJ Lee Group, Inc. where he directs and performs root cause failure analyses for multiple industrial sectors in support of product development, performance optimization, and manufacturing quality assurance. Dr. Perricone has been accepted as an expert in Corrosion and Materials Science in U.S. District Court and has testified in multiple cases including the multi-district litigation surrounding imported Chinese-manufactured drywall. Along with his work as a Principal Investigator, he is the Manager of the company’s Technical Consulting Group. He is a proud member of the ASM Pittsburgh Chapter and served as the Chapter Council Representative for 6 years, during which he was ASM Chapter Council Chair. He also received the 2013 ASM Silver Medal Award at the MS&T Conference in Montreal.

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