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April 17th, 2008
Profs to study nano tech, health
Researchers at the UI Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute have been given a $1.2 million research grant to study the toxicity of inhaled nanomaterials.
The grant, which was awarded by the National Institutes of Health, will be used to explore the dangers these man-made microscopic materials pose to human health, especially to the workers who manufacture them.
Nanomaterials are small structures that can range between 1 and 100 nanometers -a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.
These materials can be found in every-day materials such as cosmetics, lotions, and rain-repellent products.
"We want to determine a relationship between nanoparticle properties and health," said UI Professor Vicki Grassian, the director of the UI Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute.
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