ABOUT OUR RESEARCH FOCUS.
The field of nanotechnology has grown significantly in the past decade and is already providing revolutionary advances in medicine, technology and global sustainability. With increased use in consumer products, release into the environment over the product lifecycle is inevitable. However, the current understanding of the environmental fate, transport, and toxicity of engineered nanoparticles is poorly understood, especially with respect to their molecular level interactions with biological systems. In the Wheeler lab, we believe the safety and sustainability of engineered nanoparticles will not be possible until the link between the structure of nanoparticles and their reactivity with environmental and biological molecules is better understood. We aim to monitor and evaluate the impact of proteins on nanoparticle surface chemistry and the consequent changes to their reactivity within environmental systems.
ABOUT OUR RESEARCH GROUP.
Since the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at SCU does not have a graduate program, all of the student researchers are undergraduates. Our multidisciplinary research requires everyone in the lab to master basic skills in biochemistry and materials science, with a hint of environmental chemistry.
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