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Press release on CSN research: Nanoparticles may have bigger impact on the environment than previously thought

From the press release: In this microscopic image, bacteria shown on the left became extremely elongated upon chronic exposure to nanomaterials used to make lithium ion batteries, illustrating that their biochemical state was significantly altered. Bacteria on the right that have not been exposed to these nanomaterials are typically shaped like short rods. Credit: NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, Chemical Science. (Feature image of Erin Carlson by Patrick O’Leary, University of Minnesota)

The University of Minnesota has published a press release describing the recent CSN article, “Chronic exposure to complex metal oxide nanoparticles elicits rapid resistance in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1.” The study, co-authored by graduate student Stephanie Mitchell, Professor Erin Carlson, and twelve other researchers across four groups in the Center, was published in August in the journal Chemical Science. The story has been picked up by the Minneapolis Star TribunePhys.orgNewswise, and the National Science Foundation website.