NATO - Advanced Study Institute Summary Report:

NATO ASI: Technological Innovations in Detection and Sensing of Chem.-Bio-Radiological-Nuclear Threats and Ecological Terrorism, was held in Chisinau, Moldova, during June 07-17, 2010. Overall 80 participants from 20 NATO and EPAC countries attended the ASI. Distinguished scientists of international prestige, scientists from international agencies, post graduate students, and local leaders took part in the event. There were 12 invited lectures, 15 seminar, and over 60 oral and poster reports on topics related to the ASI theme. Participants in the NATO ASI included physicists, chemists, materials scientists, Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, and engineers.

Discussion at the ASI consisted of the following primary areas of focus:

1. CBRN Sensors/detectors
Nanostructured, nano-crystalline, and advanced materials
Chemical-Biological-Radiological Nuclear Detection by advanced materials
Nanophotonics: Fundamental aspects and applications
Nanomaterials in protective clothing and e-textile (system on fibers)
Functionalized nanostructured materials for chem.-biosensor applications

2. Advanced Sciences Convergence
Advanced Sciences - NBIC (Nano-Bio-Cogno-Info) convergence
Standards Development in Nanotechnologies

3. Ecological Terrorism Detection, remediation/mitigation
Nanomaterials in environmental contamination detection, monitoring, and remediation
Functionalized nanomaterials in medicine, biology, opto-electronics and sensing
Fate and transport of nanomaterials: Protection of Public/Worker/Military

The ASI participants simulated Biological threat remediation in a TTX.

During the weekend of the ASI, participants visited “Orhei Vechi” – a site of historical significance in Moldova.

Proceeding of the ASI is currently in progress and expected to be ready for printing by October 2010.

Prof. Dr. Ashok K. Vaseashta
Prof. Dr. habil. Nicolae A. Enaki