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Microfibers and Microplastics: Pursuing a Life-Cycle Approach to Solutions

January 17, 2018
 

8:30am

Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00am

Welcome and Introduction
  John Fernandez, ESI

9:30am

Microplastics/microfibers: A brief context
  Anna-Marie Cook, EPA Region 9

10:00am

Report from the field: One pathway toward solutions
  Rachael Miller, Rozalia Project/CoraBall

10:15am

Report from the field: Priorities for the outdoor industry
  Beth Jensen, Outdoor Industry Association

10:30am

Lightning participant introductions

11:00am

Break

11:15am

Briefings on novel research: Sensing at the micro- and nano-scale, new fiber technologies, and characterization in the oceans
  Greg Rutledge, MIT Chemical Engineering, MIT-AFFOA
  Markus Buehler, head, MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  Benedetto Marelli, MIT Lab for Multiscale Characterization and Materials Design
  Admir Masic, MIT Lab for Advanced Biopolymers
  Brian Anthony, MIT.nano, sense.nano, and Mechanical Engineering
  Scott Gallager, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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12:30pm

Lunch -- establish working groups

1:30pm

Discussion Session 1: Working groups on each topic

Materials Design and Manufacture - how can plastic products be designed and produced to minimize eventual micro- and nano-scale emissions?

Use and Maintenance - how can laundering (and other use) processes and facilities be modified to minimize emissions?

Emissions, Disposal, Fate and Transport - how can micro- and nano-scale emissions be characterized and captured to minimize their ecological and human health impacts?
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3:00pm

Break

3:30pm

Discussion session 2: Working groups synthesize and summarize

4:30pm

Closing session

• Working group reports
• Plenary discussion and synthesis
• Next steps

5:30pm

Adjourn