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All workshops will be held on the Tsinghua University campus unless otherwise noted.  Tentatively, workshop sessions will be held in parallel from 9:00am – 12:00pm; information is subject to change.  Please check back for updates.

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MAGEEP Aerosol Network and Combustion Aerosols
Jingkun Jiang and Shuiqing Li, Tsinghua University & Rich Axelbaum and Pratim Biswas, Washington University

This is a 13 University network with participants actively engaged in various aerosols and air quality projects.  The group will be meeting in St. Louis in September 2018, prior to the International Aerosol Conference.  The goals are to recap potential collaborative projects, and have a discussion on future work.

The second part of the Workshop will focus on Combustion Aerosols and work done collaboratively through US-China and other binational programs.  The discussions will focus around carbon dioxide mitigation and other aerosol emission mitigation from coal fired systems.  Results from the US-CERC and CCCU will also be highlighted.


Environmental Nanotechnology
Shubo Deng, Tsinghua University, Daniel Giammar, Washington University & Irene Lo, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

In the last decade, nanotechnology for environmental applications has received much attention and increasingly moved from research to practical applications. After the successful organization of 1st Applied Environmental Nanotechnology Workshop at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2017 by professor Irene M. C. Lo, we decided to continually organize this workshop. We will invite renowned speakers in the field of environmental nanotechnology from all around the world to present their achievements and share their prestigious experiences in developing this technology.

The purpose of the workshop is to share the latest findings and stimulate discussions regarding the forefront of research in environmental nanotechnology as well as promote cooperation amongst scholars from around the world. It will feature plenary lectures, presentations from invited speakers, and collaboration-building activities. The workshop will focus on (i) design, synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, (ii) use of nanomaterials as sorbents for pollutant removal and resource recovery, (iii) use of nanomaterials for catalytic transformation of pollutants in water and wastewater treatment, (iv) use of nanomaterials in sensors for environmental applications, (v) nanostructured materials involved in advanced membrane treatment processes; and (vi) fate and transport of nanomaterials in the environment.

The workshop also features collaboration-building activities, with aims to stimulate networking and exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience with scholars and professionals from local and around the world. All of the participants in this workshop are by invitation since we intend to keep this workshop in a small scale, as we believe it can foster more effective discussions and communications between participants for future collaboration in research.


Synthetic Biology
Fuzhong Zhang, Washington University, Xin-Hui Xing and George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University

Synthetic biology, an interdisciplinary subject that uses engineering concepts to redesign biology, have progressed rapidly in recent years. It has enabled quantitative control of dynamic biological processes in various organisms and allowed engineered cells to perform complex tasks. Successful applications of synthetic biology include engineering microbial cell factories for the production of various metabolites, biofuels, polymer precursors, pharmaceuticals, and materials, with other new applications emerging rapidly.