Entry Date:
May 14, 2019

Novel Techniques for Detecting Nanomaterials in the Environment

Principal Investigator Desiree Plata

To understand the fate of novel materials in the environment (and to gauge biological exposure to those novel chemicals), we must have accurate and sensitive detection methods. We seek to develop low-cost, high-throughput analytical techniques for the quantification of nanomaterials (NMs) in complex environmental matrices (e.g., air, water, and sediment). These may rely on unique physical or chemical characteristics associated with the NMs, such as their metal or isotopic content, shape, thermal stability, or unique mass fragmentation or pyrolysis patterns.