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Environment, Health and Safety Research

Nanoparticles in Phospholipid Membrane Environments

Project Information

Principal InvestigatorAntonella Badia
InstitutionUniversité de Montreal
Project URLView
Relevance to ImplicationsHigh
Class of NanomaterialEngineered Nanomaterials
Impact SectorHuman Health
Broad Research Categories Characterization
Risk Management
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Funding Information

Anticipated Total Funding$86,883.00
Annual Funding$43,441.50
Funding SourceNSERC
Funding MechanismExtramural
Funding SectorGovernment
Start Year2005
Anticipated End Year2007


Nanotechnology is poised to have a positive impact in many areas of human activity. As with any new technology, it is important to determine potential impacts on the environment and human health if the promise of nanotechnology is to come to fruition. Functionalized nanoparticles demonstrate great promise for biomedical applications, including therapeutic agent delivery, diagnostics, and prosthetics. For such applications, it is important to better understand the physicoochemical interactions of nanomaterials or nanoparticles and living systems. This proposal addresses a specific class of nanoparticles, alkanthiolate-capped gold nanoparticles, as these interact with model cell membranes.