Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 4:00pm
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Pierce Hall, Room 100F, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge

Environmental Sciences & Engineering Lecture Series

Dr. Sadasivan Shankar, IBM, and The Margaret and Will Hearst Visiting Lecturer in Computational Science and Engineering, will discuss “Challenges for Toxicity Reduction in Materials and Chemicals - A Silicon Valley Perspective?”

As we enter the 21st century driven by information technology, material production and the number of materials continue to outpace anyone’s ability to monitor or regulate them. Examples of this are all around, not just in newer structural materials and automobiles, but also in the number of mobile phones, smart pads, smart windows, computers, etc.?All these together are estimated to need to about 10 tons of material for every living person. In this fast-paced economy, the traditional empirical testing and regulation are not feasible. It is clear that high technology devices and systems are driving the rapid phase of introduction of materials. Having spent over 20 years in Silicon Valley, we will try to look at the challenges from an outsider’s perspective. An important question is whether judicious use of technology can help us find a solution to these materials that are reaching the consumers without any specific toxicity assessments. The talk will try to look at how this can be accomplished. We will illustrate the talk with examples of how this was done in an industrial setting.

Contact Name: 

Olivera Saric Knezic

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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