Health effects of nanoparticles – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Nanotechnology and nanoparticles are measured on a very small scale—nanometers.
Nurkiewicz: A nanoparticle has at least one dimension measurement less than 100 nanometers.
Narrator: Dr. Tim Nurkiewicz at West Virginia University adds that these particles—50-thousand times smaller than a human hair—are created with a purpose.
Nurkiewicz: To have a certain solubility in fluids, or to have a certain conduction, or to have a certain interaction.
Narrator: Dr. Nurkiewicz is studying two distinct nanoparticles: carbon nanotubes, which can be used as a surface coating or an insulator, and spherical nanoparticles commonly used in cosmetics and white creams. For more about his research and funding, visit niehs.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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