Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future

The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP), Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future, is focused on complex environmental contaminant issues in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has a long history of industrial activity resulting in extensive contamination. An academic-government-community partnership model is a key feature of our overall SRP research strategy. Together with our partners we work to expand the understanding of the human health consequences and management of contaminated sites in Rhode Island and other post-industrial states. Our research embraces the complexity of mixed contaminants and their inevitable proximity to dense population centers, and is responsive to the needs of our government and community partners in managing the problems that this causes.

Brown University's Superfund Research Program is a win-win-win for Rhode Island citizens, Rhode Island communities, and the Rhode Island environment.


Breathable Vapor Toxicant Barriers Based on Multilayer Graphene Oxide

There is great interest in the development of new materials for personal protective equipment that allow for body temperature control for the wearer. These “breathable” protective fabrics must overcome the conflicting challenges of simultaneously excluding external toxicants while being permeable to water-vapor generated by perspiration. Brown SRP researchers have been addressing this challenge and have just reported their recent findings in the scientific journal ACS Nano.

(Distributed July 6, 2017)

Robert Hurt invited to give nanosafety talk at ACS National Meeting

Robert Hurt, Director of the Brown Superfund Research Program, will be giving an invited talk at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, which is being held in San Francisco, CA on April 2-6, 2017.  Dr. Hurt’s presentation, “Formation and oxidative stability of metal sulfide nanoparticles and 2D nanosheets”, will be in the Environmental Chemistry Division as a part of a special session entitled: "Sulfidation of Metal-based Engineered and Natural Nanomaterials: Implications for their Fate and Effects in the Environment" on April 3rd.

(Distributed March 31, 2017)

Ruben Spitz Wins 1st Place

 Ruben explains his research to participants of the Superfund Annual Meeting during the poster session on December 5. 

At the Superfund Annual Meeting, part of the NIEHS 50th Anniversary celebration in Durham, North Carolina, graduate student Ruben Spitz won first place in the environmental sciences and engineering category for his poster “Breathable Graphene Oxide Toxicant Barriers.” His research is conducted in the Hurt Lab under

(Distributed December 14, 2016)

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