Seminar Abstract

DATE:  FRIDAY, December 1, 2017
TIME:  2:30 P.M. - Room 223 (Refreshments served at 2:15 pm)
PLACE: Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Bldg.
14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Jamie Lead
Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina

Implications and applications of nanotechnology

The benefits and risks of nanotechnology are a focus of much interest and are inter-related in a number of ways. This talk will discuss recent examples of both areas. The focus on the implications will on the area of nanoparticle transformations and bioavailability including new data from the use of single particle ICP-MS (SP-ICP-MS) and the development and application of single cell ICP-MS (SC-ICP-MS). In both areas, core-shell nanohybrids have been used to understand the behavior of nanoparticles in complex media and bioaccumulation and elimination to algal cells in an attempt to better quantify exposure and dose and therefore to more reliably estimate the dose-response relationship. On the application side, nanotechnology for oil remediation will be discussed. Developing from work on the implications side, a new nanomaterial has been developed and successfully applied to clean-up oil spills. This nanomaterial is easily produced, cost-effective, non-toxic and low in energy/material demands. This talk will focus on recent work including scale-up of deployment and synthesis, in-situ use and the combination of nano-remediation and microbial remediation.