Environmental Nanotechnology Research

Environmental Impacts of Nanotechnology

Faculty Member: Dr. Linsey Marr

S_environmental_impacts_nanotechnologyNanotechnology brings the promise of improved medical imaging, thin display screens, and clean energy. Although the growth of the nanotechnology industry has been breathtakingly rapid, very little is known about the environmental effects of manufactured nanomaterials. We are tackling several projects related to nanoparticles: (1) exposure to nanomaterials released from consumer products, (2) oxidation of fullerenes in the atmosphere by ozone, and (3) transformation and fate of nanomaterials during incineration. Our nanoparticle research facilities include an aerosol generator, Teflon smog chamber, scanning mobility particle sizer to measure submicron particle size distributions, aerosol photometer to measure larger particle size distributions, diffusion charger to measure particle surface area, aethalometer to measure black carbon, and photoionization aerosol sensor to measure particulate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons