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NIRT: Nanoengineered shells for encapsulation and controlled release

Project Information

Principal InvestigatorYuri Lvov
InstitutionLouisiana Tech University
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Relevance to ImplicationsMarginal
Class of NanomaterialEngineered Nanomaterials
Impact SectorHuman Health
Broad Research Categories Hazard
Generation, Dispersion, Transformation etc.
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Funding Information

Anticipated Total Funding$899,042.00
Annual Funding$179,808.40
Funding SourceNSF
Funding MechanismExtramural
Funding SectorGovernment
Start Year2002
Anticipated End Year2007




This proposal was received in response to the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative, NSF 01-157, category NIRT.

This project targets the synthesis of nanoscale functional materials and their potential for applications in medical and biological areas. The research team has been assembled to develop methods for fabrication of useful composite materials based on principles of self-assembly and includes researchers in chemistry, physics, engineering, biomaterials, and pharmacology. The nano-encapsulation method to be elaborated involves the formation of a colloidal core with defined composition and size, and the preparation of an outer shell providing the required stability, permeability, compatibility, release of core material, and catalytic or affinity properties.