New measuring techniques can improve efficiency, safety of nanoparticles

University of Oregon
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Feb. 28, 2012) -- Using high-precision microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques, University of Oregon researchers have gained eye-opening insights into the process of applying green chemistry to nanotechnology that results in high yields, improves efficiency and dramatically reduces waste and potential negative exposure to human health or the environment.

University of Oregon chemist James E. Hutchison described his lab's recent efforts to monitor the dynamics of nanoparticles in an invited talk Feb. 28 at the American Physical Society's March Meeting (Feb. 27-March 2) in Boston, Mass. It turns out, Hutchison said, that simply reducing the amount of gold -- the material used in his research -- in the initial stages of the process used to grow nanoparticles allows for better maintenance of the particle size.