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Online format supports 'green' content of new SPIE Environmental Nanotechnology conference

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 30 July 2008 - A new, online conference hosted by SPIE aims to reduce the carbon footprint of technology transfer. SPIE Environmental Nanotechnology will present 18 speakers in a live conference on 15 October with tracks on Pollution and Energy Reduction and Environmental Sensing. Abstracts are being accepted through Tuesday 5 August.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology have created many novel materials and devices for a broad range of applications, including electronics, photonics, biomedicine, and energy, organizers said. Growing awareness of environmental impacts of climate change has created significant opportunity to apply these to pollution-reduction and energy efficiency as well as in developing environmental sensing capable of providing highly reliable, real-time climate and pollution data.

Conference topics include technologies enabling these applications, including areas such as photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, sensors, and stand-off detectors. See a full list of topics and other information at spie.org/environmental-nanotechnology.xml.

Conference chairs Loucas Tsakalakos and James LeBlanc are both at General Electric Global Research Center, where Tsakalakos is a Senior Scientist and Project Leader and LeBlanc is Thin Films Lab Manager.

Conference proceedings papers will be published online in the SPIE Digital Library beginning immediately after the meeting, as approved. For more information on the SPIE Digital Library, visit spie.org/x2836.xmlspiedl.org/

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