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Iowa State University researcher looks to use nanoparticles for food safety
Date:4/10/2008

pounds that were working with, Brehm-Stecher said. It looked like the nanoparticles could provide us with a good solution. I approached QuantumSphere and they were open to sending us compounds and working with us. Were interested in many of the same things. Its a good relationship.

Brehm-Stecher started work on the project in January 2008. He and graduate assistant Heidi Weinkauf have had good results so far.

Its been very fulfilling and exciting to be able to design experiments with Heidi and see what happens, Brehm-Stecher said. The results so far have met and surpassed our expectations, and were only a couple of months into the grant. Every experiment, whether it turns out as expected or not, points us in a new direction and we are now getting some fascinating clues about how nanosilver works as an antimicrobial.

Scientists face many challenges when working with unfamiliar materials. Because Brehm-Stecher and Weinkauf were new to nanoparticle research, they collaborated with QuantumSphere chief scientist Doug Carpenter early on to optimize their test methods and begin generating data.


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Contact: Byron Brehm-Stecher
byron@iastate.edu
515-294-6469
Iowa State University
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