The primary aim of the course involves exposing participants to the basics of ENP behavior in various environmental matrices, including water and soil.

National Institute of Technology (NIT), Andhra Pradesh, has announced that it will conduct a short online GIAN course on ‘Risk and Life Cycle Assessment of Engineered Nanoparticles in the Environment’ between March 14-18, 2022. The course is organized by Department of Civil Engineering, NIT Andhra Pradesh and sponsored by Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN), Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

Students pursuing postgraduate degrees in civil engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, biochemical engineering and biotechnology and researchers from government organizations including research and development labs and private companies can opt for the course. Lecturers from Engineering and Life Sciences academies interested in risk assessment can also participate in this online course.

“The course would mainly focus on the different risks associated with Engineered Nanoparticles in the environment. The participants of this course will understand the concepts outlined above through lectures and case studies,” said Baranidharan S, Course Coordinator, NIT Andhra Pradesh.

The primary objective of the course includes exposing participants to the basics of the behavior of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in various environmental matrices including water and soil, understanding the chemistry behind the interaction of ENPs with microbes, characterization techniques to identify interactions elucidation, and evaluation of toxicity, improving participants’ ability, determining the concentration of ENPs in an aqueous environment, risk assessment, risk communication and risk management and life cycle assessment.

“Currently, different Nanomaterials (NMs) are widely used in different application areas and found in various consumer products. Nanoparticles can undergo a number of potential transformations depending on both the properties of the ENM and the local environment, such as aggregation, dissolution, oxidation, sulfidation and other surface changes. These transformations complicate our understanding of their long-term fate and the implications are still relatively poorly understood. Concerns about the potential environmental risks posed by exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are growing,” said CSP Rao, Professor, Director of NIT Andhra Pradesh.

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