This one and a half day workshop explored new opportunities, challenges, and approaches to characterizing small particles and understanding their impacts. Small particles—about one nanometer to tens of microns—are ubiquitous in the natural and man-made worlds. In many scientific and engineering domains, uncertainty about the properties and chemical composition of small particles limits our ability to understand, predict, and control their applications and impacts.
There were several overview presentations highlighting the critical importance of small particles in environmental science, materials and chemical sciences, biological science and in engineering. In addition, there were several presentations highlighting new advances in characterizing small particles, including static, dynamic, experimental, computational and theoretical approaches.