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SNNI Director receives funding to study the life cycle of nanomaterials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $5 million grant over four years to support ASU's LCnano Network as part of theLife Cycle of Nanomaterials project. Jim Hutchison is one of five principal investigators on the project, which involves scientists at 10 universities.

"We will prepare nanomaterials and nanomaterial-modified polymers and surfaces for evaluation by the team," said Hutchison, the UO's Lokey-Harrington Chair in Chemistry. "We will examine the environmental impacts of the synthesis of those materials to see how the preparative methods can be improved to minimize impacts. Other members of the team will evaluate the hazards of the nanomaterials, track the release of nanomaterials into the environment and develop models that make it possible to predict the impacts of the nanomaterials."

The researchers will collaborate with industry and government laboratories to find ways of reducing uncertainties.

Source Jim Barlow AroundtheO

Award abstract at EPA

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