Core A: Manufactured Nanomaterials

Expertise in fabricating, characterizing and modifying NPs is a crosscutting activity that contributes to each of the Center's three primary research themes. Some nanomaterials of current concern for environmental impact are available commercially and can be obtained readily in quantities required to perform experiments at lab-scale and in micro and macrocosms. Initial efforts in CEINT will focus on metals (Fe, Au, Ag), fullerenes (C60 and CNTs), metal oxides (TiO2 FexOy, SiO2, CeO2, ZnO), metal sulfides and quantum dots. Materials made in our laboratories or commercially available materials are rigorously characterized and protocols for handling established before distribution for use by CEINT investigators. We will create a central repository of standard protocols and nanomaterial characteristics, accessible by website, and available to the nanoscience and engineering community. Work in our center also extends beyond the menu of currently available nanomaterials to include new materials in new formats fabricated by CEINT nanochemists.

Selected Publicaitons

D. E. Gorka and Liu, J. , Effect of Direct Contact on the Phytotoxicity of Silver Nanomaterials, Environmental Science & TechnologyEnvironmental Science & Technology, vol. 50, no. 19, pp. 10370-10376, 2016.
D. E. Gorka, Jeger, J. Litvak, Zhang, H. , Ma, Y. , Colman, B. P. , Bernhardt, E. S. , and Liu, J. , Phytotoxicity of soluble graphitic nanofibers to model plant species, Environmental Toxicology and ChemistryEnvironmental Toxicology and Chemistry, vol. 35, no. 12, pp. 2941-2947, 2016.
C. O. Hendren, Lowry, G. V. , Unrine, J. M. , and Wiesner, M. R. , A functional assay-based strategy for nanomaterial risk forecasting, Science of The Total Environment, 2015.
L. E. Barton, Auffan, M. , Durenkamp, M. , McGrath, S. , Bottero, J. - Y. , and Wiesner, M. R. , Monte Carlo simulations of the transformation and removal of Ag, TiO2, and ZnO nanoparticles in wastewater treatment and land application of biosolids, Science of The Total Environment, vol. 511, pp. 535 - 543, 2015.
D. L. Starnes, Unrine, J. M. , Starnes, C. P. , Collin, B. E. , Oostveen, E. K. , Ma, R. , Lowry, G. V. , Bertsch, P. M. , and Tsyusko, O. V. , Impact of sulfidation on the bioavailability and toxicity of silver nanoparticles to Caenorhabditis elegans, Environmental Pollution, vol. 196, pp. 239 - 246, 2015.
Y. Ma, Metch, J. W. , Vejerano, E. P. , Miller, I. J. , Leon, E. C. , Marr, L. C. , Vikesland, P. J. , and Pruden, A. , Microbial community response of nitrifying sequencing batch reactors to silver, zero-valent iron, titanium dioxide and cerium dioxide nanomaterials, Water Research, vol. 68, pp. 87 - 97, 2015.
S. - R. Chae, Hunt, D. E. , Ikuma, K. , Yang, S. , Cho, J. , Gunsch, C. K. , Liu, J. , and Wiesner, M. R. , Aging of fullerene C60 nanoparticle suspensions in the presence of microbes, Water Research, vol. 65, pp. 282 - 289, 2014.
A. J. Bone, Matson, C. W. , Colman, B. P. , Yang, X. , Meyer, J. N. , and Di Giulio, R. T. , Silver nanoparticle toxicity to Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) and Caenorhabditis elegans: A comparison of mesocosm, microcosm and conventional laboratory studies, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2014.
A. N. Parks, Chandler, T. G. , Ho, K. T. , Burgess, R. M. , and Ferguson, L. P. , Environmental biodegradability of [14C]SWNT by Trametes versicolor and natural microbial cultures found in New Bedford Harbor sediment and aerated wastewater treatment plant sludge, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2014.
Y. Ma, Elankumaran, S. , Marr, L. C. , Vejerano, E. P. , and Pruden, A. , Toxicity of engineered nanomaterials and their transformation products following wastewater treatment on A549 human lung epithelial cells, Toxicology Reports, vol. 1, pp. 871 - 876, 2014.