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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.

CSN at the Engineering Expo!

We have developed an educational activity centered around our fluorescent nanodiamonds! Madison-based CSN scientists will be assisting schoolchildren and the general public with this activity at this year's Engineering Expo in Madison, WI Thursday, Friday, and Saturday April 18-20. Can't make it to Madison? Stay tuned on our blog,, for an upcoming post where you can see the activity!

CSN on Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio has just published an article about our nanotechnology and the environment featuring interviews with Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology Investigator Christy Haynes and Center Director Bob Hamers. You can hear the interviews with Christy and Bob by going directly to the audio below and/or the text of the article.

Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology funded by NSF

The National Science Foundation has funded the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology beginning September 15, 2012 ! The CSN is a multi-institutional partnership devoted to investigating the fundamental molecular mechanisms by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems. More information about the CSN can be found in the "about" section of this site.