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May 5, 2014

Dr. Vicki Grassian has received the 2014 John Jeyes Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is a prestigious award in recognition of Dr. Grassian’s many pioneering contributions to the chemistry of environmental interfaces, heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry and the environmental implications of nanomaterials. To learn more about this award, visit

April 28, 2014

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development recently recognized three NNI faculty for research and innovation excellence. NNI Co-Director Vicki Grassian was honored with the Scholar of the Year Award for her nationally recognized achievements in research. NNI Executive Committee Member David Cwiertny was honored for research or scholarly activity that shows significant promise, with the Early Career Scholar of the Year Award. NNI Core Faculty Member Tori Forbes was honored with a Distinguished Mentor Award for mentoring undergraduates as they complete research and creative projects. To learn more about the award recipients, visit

March 30, 2014

The March 30th Chemical & Engineering News covers the Pittcon symposium that was co-organized by CAICE Directors Kim Prather and Vicki Grassian, co-director of NNI. In the article, research discussed by Dr. Grassian and Dr. Alexei Tivanski (members of CAICE) has been highlighted. The article also highlights the work of Olga Laskina, a current graduate student at Iowa and a member of Dr. Grassian's research group (J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 2013, DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50494), and Andy Ault, a former postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Grassian’s group and now a...

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...