Produced for everything from medical to industrial applications, tiny nanomaterials abound in our world. Yet much remains unknown about the particles’ full impact on the environment.
The National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry has renewed a five-year $20 million grant that supports the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a collaboration among UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and 11 other institutions. The center seeks ways to engineer these man-made nanoparticles to ensure that they are safe from the start.
About $1.3 million of the renewal money will back research by aquatic toxicologist Rebecca Klaper at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences. Klaper’s research aims to determine how these nanomaterials interact with aquatic organisms and how altering the chemistry of these particles can decrease the potential negative impacts on the environment.