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Matt Hull: Nanotechnology in society – Calling all consumers

March 28, 2013 – From targeted therapeutics for cancer treatment to enhanced storage systems for clean and renewable energy, nanotechnology promises to enable solutions to some of humankind's greatest cHullenges. Despite this promise, the use of engineered nanomaterials in commerce poses uncertain risks that have drawn criticism from consumer groups, skepticism from the scientific community, and scrutiny from federal regulatory agencies. The speaker will discuss emerging applications of nanotechnology in consumer products, and describe efforts underway at Virginia Tech and elsewhere to better understand and minimize human and environmental health and safety risks of nanoscale materials.

Matthew Hull is Program Manager for the Nanoscale Science & Engineering and Nano-Bio Interface Thrusts within Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). In addition, Hull is Founder and President of NanoSafe, Inc., a nanotechnology safety services provider located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Hull earned his PhD from Virginia Tech in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2011. He also has an MS in Biology from Virginia Tech (2002) and a BS in Environmental Science from Ferrum College