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14 August 2013
Science

NI ISTU participates in the organization of the International School-Conference "Applied Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology"

II International School-Conference "Applied Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology" (ANT-2013) will be held on August 15-19 in Listvyanka on the Lake Baikal.

According to the professor of the subdepartment of mineral processing and environmental engineering at ISTU, Elena Zelinskaya, NI ISTU is a co-organizer of the conference along with other institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Members of the Institute of Catalysis named after G.K. Boreskov, SB RAS (Novosibirsk), the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, SB RAS (Novosibirsk), Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok) and the Institute of Hydrocarbon Processing, SB RAS (Omsk) will participate in the work of the scientific forum.

The conference will focus on two interdisciplinary areas of fundamental and applied science. It is scheduled to discuss the problems of synthesis of new nanostructured materials in the section "Nanotechnology". Scientists will discuss the unique physical and chemical properties of the smallest particles of matter, methods of their research, their use in "green" chemistry and clean energy sources. Nanotoxicologists, studying the impact of new materials on wildlife, will consider the toxicology of nanoparticles and the specific reaction of tissue to them. Topics for reports will be researches in the field of the toxicity of nanomaterials, as well as the study of animal models, etc.

According to E. Zelinskaya, Russian and foreign experts, researchers in the field of toxicology, physics, chemistry, materials science, medicine, molecular biology and bioinformatics are invited as lecturers. Leading scientists gave a public lectures on the key concepts of discipline, then more detailed reports of narrow focus will take place in the sections

"The conference was conceived by the organizers as a school for young scientists and postgraduate students who wish to gain a full understanding of the problem. Modern science has shown that the substance may have completely new properties, if we take a very small particle of it”, says E. Zelinskaya. "Nanoparticles" are from 1 to 100 nanometers in size, and now there is no complete understanding of how they behave. We know that the microcosm lives by its own laws. In that case, what are the laws by which nanoparticles live and whether they are safe for humans? It is known that they have unpredictable properties. According to American scientists, all particles smaller than 2 microns affect the human body adversely because they adsorb on the surface of lung alveoli, are able to penetrate through the skin and gastrointestinal tract.

Are nanoparticles able to change the structure of human tissue? Do the nanoparticles, being into the environment, influence on the elements that are important in the dynamics of the food chain? What are the long-term effects of nanomaterials? While modern science cannot give comprehensive answers to these questions, at the conference we will learn about the results of the latest research in this area."

Natal’ya Rozova

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