Home > Press > EPA awards OSU nearly $600,000 for Nanotechnology Safety Research
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of two grants totaling almost $600,000 to Oregon State University (OSU) for nanotechnology research. These grants will evaluate whether some manmade nanomaterials could be toxic to human health.
EPA awards OSU nearly $600,000 for Nanotechnology Safety Research
Corvallis, OR | Posted on June 22nd, 2007
Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating extremely small particles - those ranging in size range of 1 to 100 nanometers. The physical, chemical, electronic, and optical properties of these nanoparticles may be different from the same material in larger form.
The first OSU grant award, for $400,000, will screen a wide range of commonly manufactured nanomaterials to determine their potential interactions with biological processes. If the OSU research team, led by Dr. Robert Tanguay, finds nanomaterials that produce adverse effects, they will identify the potential cellular and genetic targets of these nanomaterials and group the particles by composition and effects. "We believe it is critical to couple the development of novel nanomaterials with the assessment of their effects on biology so society can get the maximum benefit from the nanotechnology revolution," said Tanguay.
The second OSU grant award for $199,993 will determine how manmade nanomaterials could damage or kill cells. Dr. Alan Bakalinsky is studying the relationship between specific characteristics of nanoparticles, like shape and structure, and their effects on cells. The work is expected to lead to the development of safety guidelines for industrial and environmental exposure to nanomaterials. "We're trying to identify specific structures in manufactured nanoparticles that might cause damage to cells," said Bakalinsky. "If we can determine which shapes and structures are most dangerous to cell function, it should be possible to design the materials to avoid those shapes and minimize the risk of damage."
Manmade nanomaterials are currently found in hundreds of consumer products like cosmetics, clothing and personal care products.
"As the use of these materials becomes more common, we want to make sure that engineered or manmade nanomaterials will not have unexpected consequences for people or the environment," emphasizes EPA Region 10 Administrator Elin Miller. "For that reason, we are pleased to work with partners such as Oregon State University to advance our knowledge in the science of nanotechnology."
For additional information about 2006 Nanotechnology Research Grants Investigating Environmental and Human Health Effects of Manufactured Nanomaterials: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/431 .
For more information about EPA's nanotechnology research program: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/nano .
For more information about the federal investment in nanotechnology research: http://www.nano.gov .
For more information, please click here
Dr. Alan Bakalinsky
Copyright © EPA
If you have a comment, please Contact
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
Warming up the world of superconductors: Clusters of aluminum metal atoms become superconductive at surprisingly high temperatures February 25th, 2015
SUNY Poly CNSE Researchers and Corporate Partners to Present Forty Papers at Globally Recognized Lithography Conference: SUNY Poly CNSE Research Group Awarded Both ‘Best Research Paper’ and ‘Best Research Poster’ at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015 forum February 25th, 2015
European roadmap for graphene science and technology published February 25th, 2015
Cutting-edge technology optimizes cancer therapy with nanomedicine drug combinations: UCLA bioengineers develop platform that offers personalized approach to treatment February 24th, 2015
Maximum Precision in 3D Printing: New complete solution makes additive manufacturing standard for microfabrication February 26th, 2015
Real-time observation of bond formation by using femtosecond X-ray liquidography February 26th, 2015
Bruker-Sponsored Sixth AFM BioMed Conference Highlights Increasing Impact of AFM in Biological Applications February 26th, 2015
Graphene shows potential as novel anti-cancer therapeutic strategy: University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while not harming other cells February 26th, 2015
Simple, Cost-Efficient Method Used to Determine Toxicants Growing in Pistachio February 26th, 2015
Purification of Industrial Wastewater Using Visible-Light Sensitive Photocatalysts February 24th, 2015
Nanocomposite Membranes Used in Iran for Water Desalination, Sweetening February 16th, 2015
Scientists in Iran Use Nanotechnology for Industrial Purification of Drinking Water February 13th, 2015
Potential toxicity of cellulose nanocrystals examined in Industrial Biotechnology journal February 19th, 2015
A breakthrough in nanotoxicology by INRS researchers: Silver nanoparticles and inflammation February 18th, 2015
“Nanorama Laboratory“: Free Tool on Safe Handling of Nanomaterials Now Available in English! February 4th, 2015
Worms lead way to test nanoparticle toxicity: Rice University study validates low-cost, high-throughput technology February 2nd, 2015