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Nanotechnology Applications in Energy, Environment and Health: Benefits and Potential Risks



Nanotechnology is a novel and emerging field with many chances and benefits yet also with many potential risks. So should we be worried about nanotechnology applications? The international AGYA workshop brought together experts in Rabat, Morocco, to debate benefits and challenges of nanotechnology applications.

The enormous investments in nanotechnology suggest that in the near future, nanotechnology will be ubiquitous and play a role in the life of every single person on the planet. Nanoparticles will be abundant in work environments, consumer products, and the environment.

To promote a sustainable development of nanotechnologies, to minimize potential hazards for consumers, workers and eco-systems, it is crucial to put more effort into investigating the behaviour of nanoparticles when embedded in products and to assess the risks, side by side with nanotechnology research and development.

The participants of this international AGYA workshop addressed the scientific, social and economic challenges of multidisciplinary research and development efforts involving nanotechnologies.

Date and venue of the project:

31 October – 03 November 2017

Rabat, Morocco
Hassan-II Academy of Sciences and Technology
Mohammed V University of Rabat

Members in Charge


Lalla Btissam Drissi

is a Physics Professor at the Faculty of Sciences, Mohammed V University-Agdal, Morocco. She is active for more involvement of women in science, technology and humanities.

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Fayçal Djeffal

is Professor for Microelectronics at the University of Batna 2, Algeria. His research interests include Photovoltaic Devices, Nano- and Microelectronics, Soft-Computing-Based Modeling, Quantum Structures and Software Design (PSPICE, Cadence).

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Andreas Fischer

is Researcher at the Computational Physics group of the Institute of Physics at the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

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Samir Lounis

is Junior Professor at the RWTH Aachen University and leader of the the Functional Nanoscale Structure Probe and Simulation Laboratory (Funsilab) at the Research Center Jülich.

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Ahmad Sakhrieh

is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Ras al Khaimah.

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