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)

Jennifer Back in Albany Talking PFAs in Groundwater

Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), though largely focused on air quality, is particularly interested in links between atmospheric deposition and the drinking water impacts recently discovered in several New England communities. For this reason, NESCAUM invited Dr.

(Distributed November 10, 2016)

Teaching Toxicity: Challenges and opportunities for scientifically engaged art educators

Visualizing the context in which research occurs is a difficult exercise without lived experience. On October 12, the Boekelheide lab hosted, this informal tour and seminar was intended to give participants a glimpse into the culture and context of toxicology research, resulting in a more nuanced perception of work conducted under the umbrella of the Brown Superfund Research Program. The group consisted primarily of artists, teachers and community activists from Providence.

(Distributed November 10, 2016)

Brown SRP Research Published in Proc. of Nat. Acad. Sciences

The interdisciplinary work conducted within Projects 2 and 4 of the Brown Superfund Center has led to a new finding described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The SRP team collaborated with the Dr. Huajian Gao's lab in the Brown School of Engineering in a combined computational and experimental study of carbon nanotube interactions with living cells.  The team considered the question of why exposure to some types of carbon nanotubes, but not others, gives rise to adverse cellular responses.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)
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