International Research Collaboration Meets to Transform Disaster Relief Tents with Nanotechnology

Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604
Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Materials researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, along with colleagues from France’s Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies, Alabama State University, Bryn Mawr College and Villanova University.


The Research and Education in Active Coating Technologies, or REACT, Project develops coating technologies that divert, collect and purify water, suppress bacteria adhesion and proliferation, and convert and store solar energy. This international research project will have significant societal impacts in transforming the human habitat by creating coating technologies that could be used at sites of natural and humanitarian disasters, but could also be used to give existing structures these enhanced abilities. It aims to transform disaster relief tents by allowing them to collect/purify ​​​​​​​water, suppress bacterial growth and generate/store solar energy via nanoscale coatings. The project’s broader impacts include creation of research and educational networks among French and American institutions, researchers and students. 

This REACT workshop will allow for conversations among the researchers, educators, and trainees with practitioners, politicians, relief agencies and industrial stakeholders. Presentations and discussions there are intended to start broader dialogues among these groups about how REACT-related science can have the most impact on the human habit.

Advanced security clearance with the French embassy is required for all attendees. Please contact Evan Lerner at 215-573-6604 or for details.


Monday, November 27, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 


Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
​​​​​​​Washington, DC 20007