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Hidden Life in Pond Water

While a tablespoon of pond water might look quite devoid of life, a closer look reveals quite the opposite. Though they may be difficult to spot with the naked eye, that doesn’t mean they’re not important or amazing. Here are some of the amazing critters shown in that video and some interesting facts about each. Water … Continue reading

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The Cautionary Tale of DDT – Biomagnification, Bioaccumulation, and Research Motivation

We perform many different kinds of experiments in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology—some that you might expect (like making new kinds of nanoparticles), and some that you might not (like feeding nanoparticles to tiny organisms such as bacteria and water fleas).  The second kind of experiment may seem a little strange to you: why is … Continue reading

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Silver For Your Smelly Socks??

Silver nanoparticles can be found in socks and sports clothing because of their ability to kill bacteria and inhibit unwanted odors.  Their antibacterial properties are exploited in a number of other products on the market, including cutting boards, computer keyboards, personal care products…and the list goes on. The multitude of uses explains why nanoparticles made … Continue reading

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Why are Nanomaterials so Special and What is the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology?

Now that you’ve somehow gotten to this blog, you’re probably wondering, “Where am I? What is this ‘Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology’?” Our “center” is actually a group of people who care about our environment and are doing collaborative research to help ensure that our planet will be habitable hundreds of years from now – in … Continue reading