National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

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Nanoparticle Pollutants

Many plastics are in our oceans due to pollution, including ocean dumping and land runoff. Sunlight and alkaline ocean water break these plastics down into small particles, many are nanoscale in size. These nanoparticles can easily enter our cells. Students examine if and how  these particles cross membranes into cells.

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