Invited speakers


IUPAC Workshop on Safety of Engineered Nanomaterials.

28 – 29 September 2017, CENAM, Queretaro, Mexico



Invited speakers 
Dr. Linda Johnston, National Research Council Canada, Canada 
Linda Johnston is Sector Leader for Nanometrology, Measurement Science and Standards, National Research Council Canada. Her current research interests include characterization and standardization of cellulose nanomaterials and development of methods for quantification of nanomaterial surface functional groups. She is a titular member if IUPAC Division VII, Chemistry and Human Health and a member/project leader at ISO TC 229 – Nanotechnologies.
Dr. Norma González-Rojano, Centro Nacional de Metrologia, Mexico 
Norma Gonzalez-Rojano is Science Coordinator of the General Direction of Materials Metrology and coordinator of the program of Metrology for nanotechnologies (ProMetNano) of the National Metrology Center (CENAM). She is the leader of the project 2 "Chemical composition of nanofillers" VAMAS TWA 33 Polymer Nanocomposites. She represents CENAM in the CCQM Surface Analysis Working Group and is a member of the Technical Committee of National Standardization in nanotechnologies and the mirror Committee of International Standardization ISO TC 229. Currently, her research interests include the development of reference materials of inorganic nanoparticles and methods for the quantification of nanomaterials.
Dr. Baoshan Xing, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA 
Baoshan Xing is Full Professor of Environmental & Soil Chemistry at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His current research includes environmental impact of engineered nanomaterials, sorption and fate of organic chemicals in soils and sediments, food safety, and application of spectroscopic techniques in environmental and soil sciences. He published over 360 refereed journal articles with a total citation > 21,100 (Web of Science), and > 28,800 (Google Scholar). More impressively, he is one of the “Most Cited Researchers” in 2014, 2015 & 2016 recognized by the Thomson Reuters for “the best and brightest scientific minds of our time”.
Dr. Kevin Wilkinson, Montreal University, Canada 
Kevin Wilkinson is a Professor at the Université de Montréal. His research is aimed at gaining a molecular level understanding of contaminant bioavailability and mobility. He is currently Associate Editor of Environmental Chemistry (2010- ) and leads several team projects on nanoparticle fate in the environment. He has established a unique laboratory focused on the analysis and characterization of NP.
Dr. Aleks Stefaniak, NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, USA 
Aleks Stefaniak is a research industrial hygienist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, WV. His research interests are in the area of respiratory diseases with specific interest in characterization of engineered nanomaterials and emissions from 3-dimensional printers. Aleks is a member of ASTM E56 on Nanotechnology and ISO 229 on Nanotechnologies.
Dr. Andrea de Vizcaya-Ruíz, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico.
Andrea de Vizcaya is a research scientist at the Toxicology Department and Head of the Laboratory of Toxicology in Atmospheric Pollution and nanotoxicology. Coordinator of the graduate program for Toxicology Science (from 2013). National Researcher level II. She has published scientific papers and book chapters, supervised PhD and master degree theses. Her research interests include the bio-integration and study of nanomaterials toxicity, nano-protein interaction, cellular effects and signals, and toxicity from exposure to suspended particles. She has participated in the evaluation of regulations with Cofepris, SEMARNAT, and the OECD for the safety of nanomaterials. Editorial Board Member at the Particle and Fibre Toxicology (IF 8.577) and the American Society of Toxicology (SOT) journals. President of the Mexican Society of Toxicology (2016-2019).
Dr. Cordula Hirsch, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland
Cordula Hirsch is a research scientist and project leader at Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, St. Gallen, Switzerland. Her research interests include the development of in vitro methods according to the 3Rs principle (replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experiments). A special focus is the improvement and adaptation of in vitro cytotoxicity methods for nanosafety as well as nanomedical purposes.
Dr. Jaime Santoyo-Salazar, Center of Research and Advanced Studies from the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV), Mexico.
Jaime Santoyo-Salazar is Senior Researcher of Physics Department at the CINVESTAV-IPN. He is member of the Society for Thermal Medicine and member at ISO TC 229. His research interests are focused on synthesis, functionalisation and characterization of nanoparticles in heat generation for magnetic hyperthermia for cancer therapy. Currently, he is the Department responsible of nanostructures characterization area using electron microscopy.
Mar Gonzalez, Project Manager Nanosafety, Organization for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD).
Mar Gonzalez is a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She is from the Environment, Health and Safety Division, which addresses issues related to the safety of chemicals, pesticides and biotechnology. Her work at the OECD mainly focuses on promoting international harmonisation in the regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, as well as on the development of OECD Test Guidelines for assessing the safety of nanomaterials.
Kirsten Rasmussen MSc Chem. Eng. European Commission. Directorate General Joint Research Centre Directorate F – Health, Consumers and Reference Materials. Consumer Products Safety.
Kirsten Rasmussen, has worked for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre since 1988 on various chemicals legislation and risk assessment. Initially, she worked on the Major Accident Hazards Directive, then moving on to New Chemicals. In 1998 the JRC started to support the new Biocides Directive, led by Ms Rasmussen, defining the processes for the review of active substances, and for 10 years she co-ordinated the work, including the member state technical committee, drafting guidance documents and upgrading the IUCLID database for the directive. When REACH was agreed, she was detached to the European Chemicals Agency 2007/2008 to start-up the Committee on Risk Assessment. Since 2008 she has worked on regulatory/scientific aspects of nanomaterials, e.g. the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, ISO/TC 229 and CEN/TC 352.  
Dr. Rafael Vázquez-Duhalt, Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology -UNAM, Mexico.
Chief of the Bionanotechnology Department at the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, guest researcher at Maryland and California Universities, National Researcher level III. He has published 156 scientific papers and 2 books. With a citation > 4000 and an index H of 37. In 2011 he won the “Scopus Price” by Elsevier. He was one of the Most Cited Mexican Researchers recognized by the Thomson Reuters in 1999-2009 in Microbiology. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Biocatalysis, member of editorial committee in 3 scientific international journals. He is Associate Director of CaliBaja, Center for Resilient Materials and Systems of the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California at San Diego, USA.
Prof. Mark Wiesner, Duke University, USA
Mark R. Wiesner holds the James B. Duke Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University where he has appointments in the Pratt School of Engineering and the Nicholas School of Environment and serves as Director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT). His work has focused on applications of emerging nanomaterials to membrane science and water treatment and an examination of the fate, transport, and effects of nanomaterials in the environment. Wiesner is a musician (electric and double bass), a 2004 de Fermat Laureate, the 2011 recipient of the Clarke Water Prize and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015.
Prof. Jamie Lead, University of South Carolina, USA.
Jamie Lead is Professor and Endowed Chair of Environmental Nanoscience and Risk and Director of the SmartState Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk at the University of South Carolina, US. He was formerly Professor of Environmental Nanoscience and founding Director of the UK national facility FENAC, based at the University of Birmingham. He has published about 180 peer-reviewed papers, mainly in nanoscience related areas, has 6 patents and has edited 5 books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is Editor in Chief of the journal NanoImpact.
Rubén J. Lazos-Martínez, Centro Nacional de Metrologia (CENAM), Mexico
Background on Physics. NIST Guest Researcher on Pressure and Vacuum. Academic during 25 years distributed in Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Over 60 contributions presented, including collaborations in two books. Several activities related to standardization, on topics including nanotechnologies. Representative of CENAM to diverse organizations.
Dr. Gabriel Luna- Bárcenas, Center of Research and Advanced Studies from the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV-IPN) Queretaro, Mexico.
President of the Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Network of Mexico (2015-to date). He is a professor and group leader at CINVESTAV-Queretaro. He is a researcher in synthesis and characterization of biopolymers and nanocomposites for biomedical applications. Relaxation phenomena in bionanocomposites. He has published 146 scientific papers, supervised theses: 15 PhD, 16 MSc and 8 Undergraduate. He has obtained a patent, edited one book and has developed 7 industrial projects. Dr. Luna-Bárcenas has obtained six research grants, was twice a Fulbright Scholar and is currently National Researcher level III.