Organizational Committee:

Dr. Arturo Ayon
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Madhavrao (Rao) Govindaraju
SAI Global Technologies, Inc

Dr. Randolph D. Glickman
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Dr. John Grillo
Academic Workforce Programs at NVC

Dr. Kelly Nash
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Vasiliki (Vicky) Zorbas Poenitzsch
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Arturo Ponce
Depart. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Bharathi Subramaniasiva
Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA

Dr. Wilson Terrell
Dept. of Engineering Sciences at Trinity University

Dr. Walt Trybula
Texas State University, San Marcos & Trybula Foundation, Inc., Austin

Dr. Stephen Wellinghoff
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Miguel Yacaman
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Qiaoying Joy Zhou
Academic Workforce Programs at Northwest Vista College


San Antonio Nano-Technology Forum (SANTF)

SANTF Networking Series

Dr. Heather Shipley

"Nano-adsorbents for the removal of metals for potential use as remediation and water treatment technologies"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Time: 6.30 – 7.00 PM – Social Hours (Cash bar)
7.00 PM Dinner
7.30 Technical Presentation


Royal Inn Oriental Cuisine

5440 Babcock Rd # 150, San Antonio, TX 78240 (Near Babcock and Eckhert Road Intersection): (210) 691-0602

Registration:   $20 registration (cash or check at the door) includes dinner. ($15 for students)

Speaker: Heather J. Shipley Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor and Burzik Professor in Engineering Design
Director of the Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC)
University of Texas at San Antonio

Clean, abundant, and inexpensive water is a challenge for much of the world, including the United States.  Natural and manmade contaminants must be removed from most water sources before use.  Inorganic contamination of surface water and groundwater supplies is an emerging environmental and public health concern. Metals can enter the water supply through the natural erosion of soil and rocks; however, the majority of metal pollution comes from anthropogenic sources. Higher concentrations of Cd, Cu, As, Pb, and Zn all pose potential health risks. Metal oxide nanoparticles are ideal sorbents for metals due to their smaller size and increased surface area in comparison to bulk media. This work looks at the rate of adsorption to metal oxide nanoparticles; the effect of competitive ions on adsorption and the rate of adsorption; the desorption of metals from the nano-adsorbents; their regeneration and reuse; and the viability of metal oxide nano-adsorbents to treat metal contaminated water through a batch and an in-situ process. The adsorption–desorption of toxic compounds onto engineered nanoparticles is an important process that governs their potential as sorbents for treatment applications, their toxicity and their environmental risks. This work will be expanded into using nanomaterials as contaminant sorbents for environmental treatment and remediation to meet the water challenges in the next decades.

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Upcoming Meetings:

SANTF Purpose:

SANTF aims to provide participants with information on the state of nanotechnology research in Greater San Antonio institutions, presents trends in industry and research universities, informs innovative applications of nanotechnology, information related to current work in progress towards establishing national skills standards, details the involvement and support of national professional societies, and the current technician education programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The newly formed SANTF strives to build stronger communication and networking opportunities between educational and private businesses, both regionally and nationally; to solidify pipelines in education and stimulate job creation in the Greater San Antonio area in the field of nanotechnology and STEM related fields.    


SANTF brings together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies in the Greater San Antonio area working in the areas of nanomaterials and nanotechnology to showcase innovations related to the development and application of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. 


Establish a venue for local researchers, early-stage investors, venture capitalists, and industry leaders to gather and discuss developments in nanotechnology and its applications in the areas of Biomaterials, Energy, Clean Technology, and Sustainability.  

 SANTF brings together major technology players in the area to form strong alliances among the researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Alamo Community Colleges, Trinity University, Texas State University in San Marcos, and other educational institutions. SANTF promotes intellectual creativity in the area of nanotechnology that will create a strong nanotechnology base in San Antonio.    

 The forum is expected to spur productive collaborations among the researchers in Greater San Antonio area and promote innovations leading to scientific discoveries and engineering innovations.  SANTF is committed to enhancing San Antonio’s nanotechnology future and establishing the Alamo City as a global leader in nanotechnology.  

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