Initial Publication Date: April 16, 2021

NNCI Nanoscience Earth and Environmental Science Research Community Virtual Workshop Program

May 24-25, with optional 'Office Hours with Experts' on May 26, 2021

Days begin at: 11am ET/ 10am CT/ 9am MT/ 8am PT

Recordings and presentation slides will be posted here as soon as they are available. Clicking on the videos will enlarge them as a popup; you can also view them in full screen mode by clicking the links below the video thumbnail image.

Monday: New Frontiers of Nanoscience Research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences

Times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time)

11:00-11:10 Welcome and Introductions; Introductory Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 13.3MB May24 21)


11:10-11:40 Michael Hochella, VaTech and PNNL, Nanoscience Relevant to the Earth System (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 28.6MB May24 21)

11:40-12:00 Michael Schindler, University of Manitoba, Nanoparticle Formation in Confined Pores Spaces (Acrobat (PDF) 2.6MB May24 21)

12:00-12:20 Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, University of Montana, Environmental Nanoparticles and your Brain: What do you need to know right now (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 46.6MB May23 21)

12:20-12:40 Arturo Keller, Univ. California, Santa Barbara, Nanomaterial Release in Air/Water/Soil and Impacts on Biota (Acrobat (PDF) 2.9MB May19 21)

12:40-1:00 Alberto Perez-Huerta, University of Alabama, Geosciences Applications of Atom Probe Tomography (APT) (Acrobat (PDF) 14.7MB May23 21)

BREAK: 15 minutes


1:15-1:30 Adie Phillips, Montana State University, Biomineralization for Improving Wellbore Integrity & Developing Sustainable Building Materials (Acrobat (PDF) 3.7MB May23 21)

1:30-1:45 George Luther, University of Delaware, Nanoparticles in Marine Hydrothermal Systems (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 115.3MB May19 21)

Related: Checkout our 11-minute highlights videoon Youtube ofour hydrothermalvent cruise to the East Pacific Rise, 2017.


1:45-2:30 Group Discussions by Topic: What new research directions are most exciting to you? What are the opportunities? What are the needs? NNCI colleagues in a listening session to get feedback on community interests and needs. Participants assigned to groups based on interests submitted in registration form.

If you're not sure which group you're in, you can search for your name in the Small Group Assignments PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 38kB May21 21).

  • Nanoscience in natural waters--Ocean, Lakes, Rivers (Moderator: Maddy Schreiber, VA Tech)
  • Nanoscience in the atmosphere--(Moderator: Andrea Tiwari, TSI, Inc.)
  • Nanoscience and biota--microbes to human health (Moderator: Phil Stewart, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University)
  • Nanoscience and Earth materials (Moderator: Kate Maher, Stanford University)
    (Moderator: Marc Michel, VA Tech)
    (Moderator: David Mogk, Montana State University)
  • Nanoscience and Environmental Applications
    (Moderator: Tonya Pruitt)
    (Moderator: Paul Westerhoff)


2:30-2:50 Russell Kelz (NSF EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program Officer) Opportunities for NSF Support of Instrumentation and Facilities in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB May24 21)

2:50-3:00 Summary of the day; Preview for Tuesday.


Tuesday: Introduction to NNCI & Engaging the Community - What, Why and How to Engage the NNCI

Overview of NNCI

11:00-11:10 Introduction and Goals of the Day

11:10-11:25 Welcome to the NNCI! Overview (NNCI National Office--Oliver Brand)

11:25-11:35 Vision of the Nano ES Research Community (David Dickensheets)

11:35-11:45 Web Resources Available to support Nano EES Research and Teaching (Montana State University/MONT, Dave Mogk); Web Resources (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 15.9MB May25 21)

11:45-12:00 NNCI Education and Outreach Programs and Resources (Acrobat (PDF) 1.6MB May24 21) (Quinn Spadola, NNCI E and O National Office)

A Sampler of NNCI-EES Labs--

12:00-12:10 Marc Michel, Virginia Tech (NanoEarth)--X-ray Diffraction Lab (Acrobat (PDF) 21.6MB May24 21)

12:10-12:20 Dave Mogk, Montana State Univ. (MONT)--Auger Electron Spectroscopy, Brief Intro to AES (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 551kB May21 21) and Introduction to AES Video (MP4 Video 323.2MB May21 21)

12:20-12:30 Paul Westerhoff, Arizona State Univ--Single Particle ICPMS Analysis Video (MP4 Video 118.1MB May21 21)

BREAK 12:30-12:40

Nanoscience Community Allies

12:40-1:00 Nancy Hess, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory-Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (Acrobat (PDF) 29.7MB May24 21), Dept. of Energy

1:00-1:20 Paul Schroeder Univ. Georgia: Clay Minerals Society (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 13.4MB May24 21)

1:20-1:40 Joel Pedersen, NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 23.1MB May25 21)


1:40-2:00 John Bargar, Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) (Acrobat (PDF) 3.3MB May25 21)

Break Out Session: Birds of a Feather

2:00-2:40 Design a nano experiment; a group exercise to consider: goals for emerging research projects, analytical needs, how to access facilities and instruments; How can NNCI support this work?

TOPICS: same as above, but emphasis on how to do it

  • What are the key research questions?
  • What methods are needed?
  • Sample selection and preparation requirements.
  • Instrumentation and analytical methods needed.
  • Significance of the research (to Science; to Society; Broader Impacts)
  • What resources do you need and how can the NNCI help?

2:40-3:00 - Nano EES Research Community "Town Hall"

                 Open discussion about what we learned, how to facilitate access to the NNCI facilities, how to grow the Nano EES Research Community?

End of Workshop Survey

Wednesday (Optional)

11:00 -2:00    Introduction to the "Office Hours With Experts" Session.  Whole group meets in a single virtual meeting room for instructions at the start of each hour and then will migrate to scheduled meeting rooms identified by topic.  The meeting room will close at the end of the hour and participants will be sent back to the main meeting room. Participants will then be directed to attend other scheduled meetings in the second and/or third hours. The scheduling of the sessions will be determined based on level of interest and schedules of leaders and participants.

  • Participants will sign up for one hour "consultancies" with experts in topics of interest (via a pre-session registration form)
  • Participants will visit the assigned meeting sessions for one-on-one or small group interactions with session leaders to talk directly about their research interests, and to solicit advice and feedback.



Sessions that are available include: (Times listed as EDT)

  • Alberto Perez-Huerta, University of Alabama, Atom Probe Tomography applications for Nanoscience. Also, I have expertise in EBSD and FIB-SEM, and I would be happy to talk to people about possibilities.      11:00   12:00   1:00
  • James Ranville,  Colorado School of Mines,  Chad W. Cuss, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus), Manuel Montano, Western Washington University,   Characterization and quantification of aquatic nanoparticles applications to both naturally occurring and engineered nanomaterials using single particle ICP-MS and Field Flow Fractionation ICP-MS; Asymmetric Flow Field-flow fractionation (AF4) and AF4-analysis of naturally formed nanoparticles and colloids: method development, optimization and application;  11:00   12:00   1:00
  • Rick Hervig, Arizona State University, I will be in the secondary ion mass spectrometer lab (Cameca ims 6f dynamic SIMS instrument) demonstrating (via shared screen) how the instrument works.    12:00 1:00
  • Dave Mogk, Nathaniel Rieders, Recep Avci, Montana State University, Surface analysis of thin films and coatings using Auger Electron Spectroscopy (integrated with EDS and EBSD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, and related imaging (AFM, FESEM).       11:00   12:00   1:00
  • Kristen Brileya, Montana State University, Imaging biological material, surfaces and biofilms using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy in the Center for Biofilm Engineering           1:00
  • Paul Schroeder, University of Georgia, X-ray diffraction analysis of clay minerals  11:00  12:00   1:00
  • Marc Michel, Virginia Tech, Laboratory x-ray scattering methods for characterizing the atomic structural and physical properties of crystalline to nanosized minerals.     11:00   12:00   1:00
  • Weinan Leng, Virginia Tech,  What can a Confocal Raman microscope do for you? 11:00 1:00
  • Pierre Herckes , Arizona State University, Collection and characterization of atmospheric/airborne nanoparticles 11:00   12:00   1:00
  • Tom Sharp, Arizona State University, SEM, FIB and TEM. We use the SEM as the primary tool and then slice out sections for detailed TEM analysis. 12:00 1:00
  • Mitsu Murayama, Virginia Tech, Transmission electron microscopy and various sample preparation methods for it.       11:00 1:00
  • Matthew Hull, Virginia Tech, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Nano-Enabled Solutions for Earth Sustainability   11:00
  • Lynda Williams, ASU, NanoSims, NanoSIMS measurements of C-H-O in kerogen nanopores (MP4 Video 38.7MB May25 21)
  • Karrie Weaver, Stanford, Concentration determinations, isotopic compositions and nanoparticle size characterization by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (QQQ-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS) 11:00 12:00 1:00
  • Iwona Beech, Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory, Montana State University, Investigating microbe (including biofilms) material ( concrete, plastic, metallic substrata, wood) interactions in aquatic and terrestrial  environments using advanced surface analytical techniques, electron microscopy and mass spectrometry methods (e.g. metabolomic imaging). 1:00

Office Hours Sessions Survey