HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Modifications render carbon nanotubes nontoxic

HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 2005 -- In follow-on work to last year's groundbreaking toxicological study on water-soluble buckyballs, researchers at Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) find that water-soluble carbon nanotubes are significantly less toxic to begin with. Moreover, the research finds that nanotubes, like buckyballs, can be rendered nontoxic with minor chemical modifications.

The findings come from the first toxicological studies of water-soluble carbon nanotubes. The study, which is available online, will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Toxicology Letters.

The research is a continuation of CBEN's pioneering efforts to both identify and mitigate potential nanotechnology risks.

"Carbon nanotubes are high-profile nanoparticles that are under consideration for dozens of applications in materials science, electronics and medical imaging," said CBEN Director Vicki Colvin, the lead researcher on the project. "For medical applications, it is reassuring to see that the cytotoxicity of nanotubes is low and can be further reduced with simple chemical changes."

Research has been conducted on the toxicity of carbon nanotubes, but CBEN's is the first to examine the cytotoxicity of water-soluble forms of the hollow carbon molecules. In their native state, carbon nanotubes are insoluble, meaning they are incompatible with the water-based environment of living systems. Solubility is a key issue for medical applications, and researchers at Rice and elsewhere have developed processing methods that render nanotubes soluble. In particular, scientists are keen to exploit the fluorescent properties of carbon nanotubes for medical diagnostics.

Nanotubes are long, hollow molecules of pure carbon with walls just one atom thick. They are related to buckyballs, tiny spheres of pure carbon that are about the same diameter.

In previous studies with buckyballs, CBEN found that even mino
'"/>

Contact: Jade Boyd
jadeboyd@rice.edu
713-348-6778
Rice University
26-Oct-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Green tea boosts production of detox enzymes, rendering cancerous chemicals harmless
2. Nature surrenders flowery secrets to international team
3. Dominant meerkats render rivals infertile
4. New study warns limited carbon market puts 20 percent of tropical forest at risk
5. Experiment suggests limitations to carbon dioxide tree banking
6. Decoding mushrooms secrets could combat carbon, find better biofuels and safer soils
7. Scientists close in on missing carbon sink
8. Human activities increasing carbon sequestration in forests
9. Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming
10. Soils offer new hope as carbon sink
11. Before selling carbon credits, read this

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/6/2017)... 2017  Delta ID Inc., a leader in consumer-grade ... automotive at CES® 2017. Delta ID has collaborated with ... the use of iris scanning as a secure, reliable ... in a car, and as a way to elevate ... Delta ID and Gentex will demonstrate (booth #7326 ...
(Date:1/4/2017)...  CES 2017 – Valencell , the leading ... the launch of two new versions of its ... sensor modules that incorporate the best of Valencell,s ... The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, a ... Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of its original ...
(Date:12/22/2016)... , Dec. 20, 2016  As part of its longstanding ... leading personal genetics company, recently released its latest children,s book, ... The book focuses on the topics of inheritance and variation ... Standards (NGSS) taught in elementary school classrooms in the US. ... series by illustrator Ariana Killoran , whose previous book ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/21/2017)... Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXG)("Interpace" ... useful molecular diagnostic tests and pathology services, today ... purchase agreement with three  institutional investors to purchase ... in a registered direct offering.  In a concurrent ... to the same investors warrants to purchase 855,000 ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... -- Stock-Callers.com explores the Biotech industry to ... recent performances of select equities. In this morning,s lineup ... Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ABEO ), Theravance ... Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SAGE ). According to ... market size is expected to reach $604.40 billion by 2020 due to ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... PUNE, India , Jan. 19, 2017  Market Research Future ... The Global Market for Liquid Biopsy is growing rapidly and expected ... period. Market Highlights ... The Global Liquid Biopsy Market has been assessed as ... high growth figures and boom in the coming future. There has ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 ... ... the delivery of product vigilance software to leading biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers ... Mail is a fully 21 CFR Part 11-compliant email client designed to provide ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: