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Welcome

By Trevor Thornton, NCI-SW Director   Activity in the NCI-SW laboratories is heating up for the summer, just like the temperature outside in the Arizona desert. We have four student visitors from Central Arizona College taking part in our 9-week Research Experiences for Undergraduate program.   Participants work in pairs, guided by experienced graduate student Read More …

Why Do Research?

Members of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET), Laurita Moore and Daniel Holder, know the answer to that question. Both recently participated in the Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest (NCI-SW) program at ASU.   Laurita Moore and Dan Holder, are both faculty members with Maricopa Community Colleges District; Laurita teaches in the Computer Information Systems department, Read More …

Protein Engineered Nanomaterials

Original webinar cast on March 23, 2018   Recap from the moderator Michael Lesiecki, Ph.D.   One of the themes of the March 2018 webinar, presented by NYU researchers Dr. Jin Kim Montclare, Dr. Priya Katyal and Lindsay K. Hill MD/PhD candidate, was to construct “smart” protein nanomaterials.   The applications in medicine range from Read More …

Solar Needs to be Sustainable Too!

By Anthony Aguilar, ASU Solar Power Lab, PhD Candidate in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering   Research into copper electroplating is fully under way at ASU due to the dramatic implications in terms of sustainability in the solar cell industry. Implementation of copper into a solar cell processing line would create a Read More …

What’s New: NCI-SW Update

By Trevor Thornton, Ph.D.   As we enter the third year of the NCI-SW we continue to see increased growth in the use of our laboratories with over 800 people logging nearly 24,000 hours during Year 2. This represents an increase of more than 14% compared to Year 1, confirming the need for access to Read More …

It Might be Cold Out There

By Mike Lesiecki, Ph.D.   Until recently, the first step in the process of microscopy was to prepare the sample. For many electron microscopes you have to coat the samples with metal. This occurs in a vacuum and any water in, for example a biological tissue, is lost. But cell biology happens in water! This Read More …

Look Inside the Nano World

By Ray Tsui, Ph.D.   ASU, Tempe campus, held its 2018 open house on Feb. 24th. This annual signature event, now renamed ASU Open Door, invites the general public to visit and learn about the wide-ranging work and capabilities of the university. NCI:SW participated in this well attended event by hosting the exciting activity called Read More …

Carbon Nanoparticles, the Future of Agriculture?

By Madelyn Pandorf, Graduate Student, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment   Crop production, an essential part of our daily lives, has become increasingly dependent on chemical fertilizers to meet the food demands of our growing population. The increase in fertilizer use has led to environmental issues such as eutrophication, depletion of non-renewable Read More …

Dear Readers

The temperature is really heating up in the southwest, as we welcome you to the summer NCI-SW newsletter! Reflecting on our second year, I am pleased to share updates on our annual achievements. It is with pleasure that we welcomed the Center for the Lifecycle of Nanomaterials (LCnano) under the NCI-SW umbrella, at the beginning Read More …

LCnano Highlights

  What Exposure Levels Are Occurring To Workers, Consumers, and the Environment?   Human and ecosystem exposure to, and potential toxicity from, engineered nanoparticles pose challenging Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) issues across the life cycle of nano-enabled products. LCnano provides services to assist in these EHS issues.   The life cycle of nanomaterials begins Read More …