Compositional and Combinatorial Engineered Nanomaterial Libraries for Property-Activity Analysis

Leader: Jeffrey Zink
The primary goals of Theme 1 are to synthesize, purify, characterize and disperse in relevant media libraries of nanomaterials that are chosen in order to develop property-activity relationships between fundamental physical/chemical properties of nanoparticles and responses in cells, bacteria and organisms. An important subsidiary goal is to identify and test new materials that are being developed for commercial applications before they are in widespread production in order to pre-empt environmental danger. Fundamental understanding will lead to practical applications such as the ability to predict whether a nanomaterial will have deleterious environmental impacts and the ability to design nanomaterials with a desired function but greater safety than existing materials.

(Pictured above right: ceria nanowire nanolibrary.)