Nanomaterials are in lots of everyday products, from sports equipment to cosmetics, electronics to clothing. But are they dangerous?
Chemistry and biochemistry Associate Professor Korin Wheeler and her student researchers want to find out.
These tiny nano-sized particles, which exist in nature but are also man-made, cannot be seen by the human eye. For scientists like Wheeler, that makes it hard to understand how nanomaterials impact the environment and human health.
Now, with the help of a prestigious $60,000 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, she hopes to develop tools to monitor nanomaterials moving through the ecosystem.