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Graduate Student Leslie Sigmon Defends Thesis

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Sigmon who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Nanotechnology for a Sustainable Future:Investigating Photoluminescence in Carbon Dots and Agricultural Phosphorus Delivery” on February 3rd! 

Graduate Student Levi Hogan Defends Thesis

Congratulations to Dr. Levi Hogan who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Single Nanoparticle Absorption Spectroscopy: Chemical Dynamics Using Optical Microresonators.” on September 22nd!  Levi recently accepted a Senior Scientist position at PPD.

Dr. Kerrie Wilkins-Yel is CSN’s 2022 Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Kerrie Wilkins-Yel has accepted our invitation to become our CSN Scholar-in-Residence for summer 2022. Dr. Wilkins-Yel is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She also founded and co-directs the I Can Persist STEM Initiative, “a multi-component research-based program aimed at promoting STEM persistence among women and girls of color.” She will participate in various activities with the center, including a Wednesday seminar about her research and mentoring summer undergraduate students on translating science through an equity-centered lens.

Dr. Theresa Gaines is CSN’s Scholar-in-Residence

The CSN is delighted to announce Dr.Theresa Gaines as the Scholar-in-Residence for the 2021 summer. Dr. Gaines will focus her work on educational chemistry games. Dr. Gaines is currently an Assistant Professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi where she teaches primarily organic chemistry. She also founded Big Magnet Games to develop fluency in chemistry through card and tabletop games. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Dixie State University. Before this she completed a Bio-Bus Fellowship at Georgia State University. In addition, she is an amateur cheesemaker and writes the occasional blog on the subject found here. Dr. Gaines is also known as @gathwaegl on social media.

Welcome to Dr. Della Mosley, CSN’s new Wellness, Equity, & Liberation Consultant

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We are excited to welcome Dr. Della Mosley (“Dr. Della”) to the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology as our new Wellness, Equity, and Liberation Consultant! Dr. Della is a counseling psychologist from the University of Florida and co-founder of Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (#Academics4BlackLives), and she brings a unique and powerful approach that aims to enhance wellness, equity, and liberation in the Center. Grounded in a Black queer feminist framework and critical consciousness theory, her work uses evidence-based and culturally mindful methods to bring about effective change and measurable results in the area of liberation (e.g., equity, inclusion, well-being) for marginalized folx. For more information, see Dr. Della’s website, as well as recent research publications such as “Radical hope in revolting times: Proposing a culturally relevant… Read More »Welcome to Dr. Della Mosley, CSN’s new Wellness, Equity, & Liberation Consultant

NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN) renewed for 5 more years!

We are delighted to announce that the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN) has been renewed to continue advancing our research! The CSN is highly collaborative, linking 11 universities and two government laboratories, and supporting approximately 70 Ph.D. students, postdoctoral research fellows, and undergraduate researchers in a common goal to understand the fundamental chemistry of nanoparticles in the environment. Meet our amazing team on the “Our Team” page! “Naturally occurring nanomaterials, like sand, are things to which our bodies and the environment have adapted,” said UW-Madison professor of chemistry and CSN director Robert Hamers. “Engineered nanomaterials have not been in the environment for a long time, so biological systems have not adapted to challenges they present, leaving the potential for… Read More »NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN) renewed for 5 more years!

Dr. Raychelle Burks Serves as CSN’s First Scholar-in-Residence

The CSN is pleased to announce ​Dr. Raychelle Burks as its first-ever Scholar-in-Residence for summer 2020. Dr. Burks will focus her work on the Center’s outreach and science communication efforts, including working with the summer undergraduate research program on a social media campaign.​ In addition, Dr. Burks will share her analytical chemistry expertise and participate in the center’s summer tutorial program. She will also present a free public webinar on chemistry in pop culture on August 4 at 7:30 p.m. Central (register here). Dr. Burks is joining the faculty of American University in Washington, D.C. as an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry on August 1. Previously she served as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas,… Read More »Dr. Raychelle Burks Serves as CSN’s First Scholar-in-Residence

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

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 Tribune,, Newswise, and the National Science Foundation website.


Prof. Juan Pablo Giraldo Joins the CSN

Welcome to Prof. Juan Pablo Giraldo from UC-Riverside, who is joining the CSN as a seed grant recipient! Prof. Giraldo aims to understand how physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of nanomaterials affect their interactions with plant cellular structures, and he applies nanotechnology to study and engineer plant physiological mechanisms. Check out Juan Pablo’s home page here.