Health and Bio-Nanotechnology
Health and Bio-Nanotechnology Research at NC State
This theme sits at the convergence of biomedical, environmental, agricultural, and toxicology research conducted at the nanoscale. The research is creating technologies that advance the well-being of society—from devices that track down and destroy cancer cells to new nanofluidic systems. Researchers at NC State also are examining the health effects of nanoparticles to protect consumers and workers who may come in contact with them.
Health & Bio-Nanotechnology Centers & Labs
- The main research interests of The Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics are dermal absorption and toxicity of chemicals, drugs, nanoparticles and complex mixtures, pharmacokinetics, and predicting tissue residues of drugs. The nanotoxicology program led by Dr. Monteiro-Riviere is assessing the nature of interactions between skin and manufactured nanoparticles.
- The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF) is a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants, from cellulose synthesis and fibril formation to a mature plant cell wall, forming a foundation for advancement in sustainable energy and materials. CLSF is based at Penn State; several NC State faculty are collaborators.
- The Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC), established in 1991, serves the nonwovens industry through research, training, education and extension, engagement, and economic development. NCRC houses state-of-the-art facilities for product development, analytical services and materials testing, analysis, and evaluation. It offers additional services to its Industrial Members and Affiliates, such as proprietary testing, analysis, and product development.
- The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), headquartered on NC State’s Centennial Campus, is a joint effort between NC State and Florida International University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia. NC State is leading this national nanotechnology research project to create self-powered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it. The center, funded by an initial five-year $18.5 million grant from NSF, includes five affiliated universities and about 30 industry partners in its global research consortium.