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January 20, 2014

The National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Iowa is now accepting applications for Summer 2014. The program will run May 26 – August 1, 2014 and will provide eight rising junior or senior undergraduate students with research experience in cutting-edge topics related to environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. REU participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors from the departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Occupational and Environmental Health. The deadline for applicants in March 1, 2014. For additional information on the program, please visit...

November 18, 2013

UI Associate Professor Thomas Peters is Principal Investigator on the study “A Nanoparticle Respiratory Dose Sampler for Metal-Based Nanoparticles,” which was recently funded by a more than $1.2 million NIOSH grant. Along with co-PIs Professor Vicki Grassian and Assistant Professor Renee Anthony, Dr. Peters is using this grant to further work on a recently developed novel personal sampler — the nanoparticle respiratory dose (NRD) sampler — and an associated analytical method that is easy to use, is inexpensive to analyze, and integrates into current personal exposure sampling strategies that can streamline the multi-step process for assessing titanium dioxide nanoparticle exposures. The work will expand the applicability of the NRD sampler and associated analytical methods to...

November 8, 2013

UI Chemistry Professor Elizabeth A. Stone’s research on the Iowa City Landfill tire fire of 2012 was highlighted in a recent feature article for Chemical and Engineering News. Dr. Stone studies natural and anthropogenic aerosol particles, including nano particles, to assess their impacts on asthma and cardio­vascular diseases, as well as on climate. Her team sets up particulate filtering units and then uses solvent extraction followed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to detect chemical markers in the aerosols to pinpoint pollution sources and measure pollution levels. Dr. Stone’s group happened to have its monitoring equipment up and running over Memorial Day weekend in 2012 when a tire fire accidentally started in the Iowa City Landfill. The full article can be...

October 22, 2013

On October 3, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy celebrated its third endowed professorship in as many years. NNI Executive Committee member Dr. Aliasger Salem, associate professor and head of the Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics, was nominated for the Lyle and Sharon Bighley Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Salem’s research group focuses on applying nanotechnology in drug delivery and cancer vaccines, training the body’s immune system to attack tumors. Dr. Salem’s group targets two of the most common cancers — melanoma and prostate cancer. Ideas for such novel drug delivery approaches stem from Dr. Salem’s diverse research experiences. To learn more, visit...

October 1, 2013

The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Iowa is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda Haes, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been appointed as an Associate Director. She joins the co-directors, Dr. Sarah Larsen and Dr. Vicki Grassian, also of the Department of Chemistry. "Dr. Haes has been an active member of NNI since it was formed in 2006, and we look forward to working with her in her new leadership role in advancing interdisciplinary nanoscience research on the UI campus," states Dr. Larsen.

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