X-ray Nanochemistry
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Particles of SWCNTs prepared for inhalation study.

It is imperative to understand the interaction of nanomaterials with the environment if we want to develop them into major industrial products. We are collaborating with several groups (Professor Kent Pinkerton at the Center for Health and Environment at UC Davis and Sam Luoma at the John Muir Institute) to study the environmental impact of these nanomaterials, including both single-walled carbon nanotubes and nanoscale nickel catalysts. Preliminary results suggest that nanotubes may cause inflammation to lung tissues in contact. However, much more research work is needed.
 

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