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Nanoparticle Research

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 7:34pm

EL PASO- UTEP took the lead from some major universities in a future field of science.

Nano technology, or the science of all things incredibly small, is the future. These tiny particles are everywhere. They are known as nanoparticles and can be found in make-up, sunscreen, emissions from cars and they've even been found in food crops.

UTEP recently received a 24-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of these tiny particles on humans and their environment. The Chemistry Department, under the guidance of Jorge Gardea-Torresdey Ph.D., has been researching these particles in the food chain. In particular, his department is following the nanoparticles through the entire growth process of these edible plants. The goal is to determine what, if any hazards exist and if necessary, develop a plan of safety regulations for these future food groups.

It may be another five to ten years before the results are known.

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