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EPA Awards $5.5 Million to Support Nanotechnology Health Risk Research

nanotechnology ball The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with the UK Natural Environment Research Council, has awarded $5.5M to support research on nanoscale materials. Three grant awards were made, each to a consortia consisting of a US and a UK team. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will also participate as cosponsor of one of these awards through a new research partnership between EPA and CPSC. The three recipients include:


Rice University:

The Rice consortia will develop and refine models focused on exposure to nanomaterials (NMs) and their bioavailability in the environment. The research will include development of: NM libraries; markers to assist in mapping NMs in aquatic media; bioavailability models that reflect water and food exposures; and model validation for NM effects on aquatic organisms.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey:

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey consortia will analyze the effect of NMs in consumer products at the point of exposure and whether the differences in the point of exposure for humans and aquatic animals will affect bioavailability or toxicity.

University of Kentucky:

The University of Kentucky consortia will investigate the transport, fate, behavior, bioavailability, and effects of NMs on agroecosystems. They will look at surface chemistry, bioavailability and effects to biological receptors.

EPAs Press release

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