Institution:Arizona State University
Scientific competencies:Bio-nano interactions, biofouling control, and membrane-based water treatment
François Perreault is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal and was a NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research, which was recognized by the Emerging Investigator Award of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization and the Quentin Mees Research Award from the Arizona Water Association, explores the sustainable use of nanotechnology for environmental applications, with a focus on bio-nano interactions, biofouling control, and membrane-based water treatment.
Nanotechnology provides the opportunity to develop new or enhanced formulations for pesticide or nutrient use in plants. By engineering the physicochemical properties of materials at the nanoscale, the interactions of nanomaterials with plant systems can be tailored to increase uptake, promote retention, or reduce toxicity. In this presentation, we will present the different pathways by which nanomaterials can interact with plant systems, the physiological aspects to be considered, and describe the evolution of the use of engineered nanomaterials for agricultural applications. Finally, we will introduce the different topics to be discussed during the workshop and the planned outcomes.