U.S. Geological Survey - Microbiology
Nanotechnology Research Activities
USGS is involved in various aspects of nanotechnology research. Scientists are examining the unique nanoparticles of exotic elements formed by bacteria with an eye towards industrial and scientific applications. Toxicological studies are also being conducted to examine the effects of nanoparticles at various levels of biological organization, from the molecular level to individual level. Scientists are also examining the properties of nanoparticles to better understand complex ecosystems/hydrological environments.
The rapidly emerging field of nanomaterials (products using particles ranging from 1-to-100 nanometers) for industrial production of diverse products--from medical therapeutics to ground-water remediation tools--has created the potential for broad distribution of nanomaterials across the landscape (USGS Science Strategy, p. 57). As part of its larger role in evaluating potential risks of stressors on trust resources, USGS is also studying the fate and effects of naturally occurring or engineered nanomaterials (ENM) in the environment.
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*this list of USGS scientists involved in microbiology and nanotechnology is likely to be incomplete