EES Seminar: Nanoscale Analyses for Environmental Health Engineering


11:45 am-12:35 pm
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202 Particle Science & Technology
Gainesville, FL 32611


Nanoscale Analyses for Environmental Health Engineering

Suresh Neethirajan
General Electric & University of Guelph

Abstract. Promoting one health in the world through joint actions on rapid detection, characterization and treatment of pollutants, pathogens and materials of health concern in environment for defending the health and well-being of all species is a grand challenge. Addressing this grand challenge requires development of novel tools, technologies and processes to create a paradigm shift in enabling from reactive to proactive to predictive technologies. Nanotechnology fuelled by functional and 2D materials along with microfluidics enables the design and development of state-of-the-art tools; biomedical devices; platforms; creative chemical and biological processes for improving the human and animal health.

In this talk, I will provide examples of our research lab’s products and processes: – platforms to elucidate the microbial ecological interactions at the microscale and their role in the health and disease of soil and water body ecosystems; 3D models of human tissues integrated with 3D fluidics to examine a variety of host-pathogen interactions; self-cleaning smart surfaces for prevention of biofouling; molecular diagnostic platforms and surveillance tools for detecting biomarkers and pathogens in soil, water and air towards facilitating rapid and early disease control such as avian influenza, Johne’s disease and waterborne norovirus outbreaks; and wearable technologies. Because of the impact of rapid diagnosis, management, and control, we expect the spread of the diseases within animal and human populations to significantly decrease –a key benefit for animal and human wellbeing and of significance to environmental engineering. Additionally, improved detection of disease will lead to reduced overall antimicrobial use, an improved environmental footprint of animal production, and improved safety.

Biography. Dr. Suresh Neethirajan is a scientist with GE and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario of Canada. His research interests include bio-instrumentation and nanotechnology for environmental and health engineering applications. He has published over 96 peer-reviewed high impact journal articles, 8 book chapters, 5 US patents and has been a speaker in numerous conferences. He is a recipient of the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year award by Engineers Canada and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship. He currently serves as the Associate Editor for the Canadian Biosystems Engineering journal and Materials Today journal.


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