Sign up for our Newsletter!
Rice UniversityCBEN
Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology

Archived News

CBEN has been sunsetted

The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology is no longer an active department at Rice University. This webpage is still running to provide resources to those who still need access to them, however none of the listed programs are still open for application. Thank you.

Rice professor takes nano project lead

Professor Vicki Colvin and director for CBEN is leading U.S. efforts in a $5 million joint project with the United Kingdom aimed at developing guidelines and tools for governments trying to regulate nanomaterials.
Houston Business Journal

 

Add dash of silicone for virus-free water

CBEN researchers, Professors Andrew Barron and Qilin Li have developed a new technique that increases the performance of a virus-killing material by more than three times.
Futurity.org

In Search of Greener Carbon Fuels

Vicki Colvin, professor of chemistry and director of CBEN is interviewed about the Rice University Green Carbon Center.
By:  Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle

 

Workshop on Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN)

CBEN will be hosting a workshop entitled "Workshop on Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) - From Grand Challenges to the Research Priorities of Functional Systems Chemistry" from June 14th - 16th, 2010 at the Westin Hotel in Arlington, VA. 

Reporting from Mexico

Students and faculty from Rice's CBEN are in  Guanajuato, Mexico, using nanotechnology to remove arsenic from water.  To learn more about the experiences of the Rice team south of the border, check out the blogs, video and photos by Jade Boyd and some of the students:  http://guanajuato.blogs.rice.edu/.

NIH guides nanomedicine towards killing cancer

Research on nanoshells by CBEN Theme 2 leader Jennifer West, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor and department chair of Bioengineering and a professor in Chemical and Biomolecular is mentioned in an article discussing nanoshell research with cancer-fighting nanotechnology.  SingularityHub.com

 

Small concerns: nanotech regulations and risk management

Kristen Kulinowski, faculty fellow in chemistry, executive director for external affairs for the Center for Biological and Environmental Technology and director of the International Council on Nanotechnology, is quoted in an article discussing nanotechnology safety.  SPIE.org

Arsenic: When will the clean water start flowing?

Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology's research to purify water using nanorust is mentioned in an article on work to create methods of cleansing arsenic from water in the developing world.  SciDev.com (This article also appeared on Environmental-Expert.com.)

 

Temptation, temptation, temptation: Why easy answers about nanotechnology risk are probably wrong

Kristen Kulinowski, faculty fellow in chemistry, executive director for external affairs for the Center for Biological and Environmental Technology and director of International Council on Nanotechnology, authored this op-ed on the risks associated with nanotechnology.  AZONano.com

CHEM 570: Nanotechnology for Teachers Spring 2011

Accepting applications for a spring course on nanotechnology for chemistry, physics and IPC teachers. This course helps teachers enrich their classrooms with cutting edge developments in the field of nanotechnology, learn new approaches to teaching science, and provides teachers with the opportunity to refresh their understanding of core science concepts.
Program Dates:  January 13 - April 21, 2011
Application Deadline:  December 1, 2010

Tiny troubles

Vicki Colvin, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor, professor in chemical and biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, is mentioned in an article on the spread of nanotechnology into everyday products and efforts to minimize their safety risks.  Environmental Magazine

Project GRAD summer institutes at Rice prepare college hopefuls

To provide resources that help Houston Independent School District's underserved students enter and excel in college, Rice University facilitated institutes this summer geared toward at-risk high school students from underserved communities in Houston.  Rice News & Media Relations

Online guide for safe handling of nanomaterials

Kristen Kulinowski, faculty fellow in chemistry, is quoted in an article on the Rice-based International Council on Nanotechnology's GoodNanoGuide, an online, community-driven wiki for information about the safe handling of nanomaterials. AZONano.com

First 'nanorust' field test slated in Mexico

Rice researchers today announced that the first field tests of "nanorust," the university's revolutionary, low-cost technology for removing arsenic from drinking water, will begin later this year in Guanajuato, Mexico.  Rice News & Media Relations

Barron part of trans-Atlantic group seeking molecular key to stop HIV

Rice University's Andrew Barron and his group, working with labs in Italy, Germany and Greece, have identified specific molecules that could block the means by which the deadly virus spreads by taking away its ability to bind with other proteins. Rice News & Media Relations

Keynoters to focus on sustainability, nanotechnology

Dr. Kristen Kulinowski, faculty fellow in chemistry, executive director for external affairs for CBEN and director of ICON will deliver a keynote speech at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo. Occupational Health & Safety

 

International Team Tracks Clues To HIV

Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and CBEN Associate is quoted in an article on his research to identify specific molecules that could block the means by which HIV spreads. RedOrbit.com

 

Nanotechnology for clean water: Facts and figures

Rice research on using nanorust to remove arsenic from drinking water is mentioned in an article on world research to clean water using nanotechnology.  SciDev.net

Wide angle: One giant nano family

Kristen Kulinowski, director of the International Council on Nanotechnology and executive director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, is quoted in an article on her efforts to create an online database for nanotechnology safety.  Discovery.com

Nanotech for Teachers shared via video with Colorado classroom

High school science teachers in Greater Houston and Colorado are taking part in a bold experiment by Rice University and the University of Colorado at Boulder's ATLAS Institute to share a class taught both here and there. It's a perfect example of the way Rice is reaching beyond the hedges to help the community, a prime goal of the Vision for the Second Century. Rice University News & Media Relations

Getting to know nano

Rice's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology is mentioned in an editorial on the possibility of nanotechnology safety regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Houston Chronicle

 

Warnings issued on nanotechnology

Vicki Colvin, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of CBEN is quoted on the possibility of nanotechnology regualtions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Houston Chronicle 

Webcast of Chem 570

The weekly classes of Chem 570: Nanotechnology for Teachers are now available via webcast. Anyone can watch it live at 6:15pm CST by going to http://webcast.rice.edu/   Chem 570 provides middle and high school science teachers the opportunity to enrich their classrooms with cutting edge developments in the field of nanotechnology.

Brink Package: Nano Water

Vicki Colvin, prof. of chemistry and in chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of CBEN, is interviewed for her work with nano rust. Discovery Communications, LLC.

 

Dash for 'dots' raises questions

Quantum dots have the potential to bring many good things into the world: efficient solar power, targeted gene & drug delivery, solid-state lighting and advances in biomedical imaging, for example. But they may pose hazards as well. A team of Rice researchers has been working to discover the health risks of quantum dots. Rice University News & Media Relations

Much ado about small materials

Research on the use of nanorust to clean arsenic from drinking water by Rice's CBEN is cited in a cover story discussing the emergence of the nanotech industry. Journal of Environmental Management Arizona

NGWA Reports on Nano

Vicki Colvin, prof. of chemistry and in chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of CBEN, is quoted in an article reporting on the National Ground Water Association's Water Expo and annual meeting.
PollutionEngineering.com

Rice ranks third in nanotoxicology publications

A new study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara finds that Rice University ranks third globally in publications in the growing field of nanotoxicology. Rice University News & Media Relations

Expand Magnets

Dr. Carolyn Nichol, Associate Director for Education responds to a Houston Chronicle article on Houston Independent School District magnet programs. Houston Chronicle

Sunscreen particles prove to be big issue

Kristen Kulinowski, director of ICON and the executive director of CBEN, is cited in an article on the presence of nanoparticles in sunscreens.
Press of Atlantic City (N.J.)

Nano Coalition Announces New Tool For Analyzing Risk Research

Researchers can now do their own analysis of research on the risks of nanomaterials with a new tool unveiled by ICON. The database analysis may be accessed at http://icon.rice.edu.

The larger world of nano

CBEN researchers Cyrus Mody, assistant professor of history and Christopher Kelty, assistant professor of anthropology review how research in social sciences and humanities help scientists and policymakers understand the nanotechnology enterprise. Physics Today

Health hero: Vicki Colvin

Vicki Colvin, professor of chemistry and in chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, is featured for her research on purifying drinking water.
Prevention Magazine

Evaluating Nanomaterials

Vicki L. Colvin, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering and the director of CBEN at Rice University comments on how toxicologists around the world have joined forces to develop protocols for testing EHS impacts of nanomaterials.

NSF-funded Rice study will trace path of nanomaterials

Working to ensure the safe use of nanomaterials is the basis of a new Rice study funded by the National Science Foundation.  Courtesy of Rice University News & Media Relations.

Nano needs a wiki

Kristen Kulinowski, director of ICON and executive director of CBEN, wrote this op-ed on the need for an online space, centered on nanotechnology, where anyone who accesses it may contribute or modify content.
Discovery.com

Questioning nanosilver's germ-killing abilities

Kristen Kulinowski, director of ICON and executive director for CBEN is quoted in an article on questions about the effectiveness of nanosilver.  By Margaret Woodbury Copyright 2008 Los Angeles Times

Bold cancer therapy begins crucial trials

The buzz surrounding gold nanoshells, a radical new approach to treating cancer, began shortly after their creation in Houston a decade ago.  By Eric Berger Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Keeping nanotech safe

Kristen Kulinowski, director of the International Council on Nanotechnology and executive director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, wrote an article on keeping nanotechnology safe.

ICON releases global research needs assessment for nanotechnology

A report on the findings of two international workshops aimed at defining a set of research needs for assessing potential nanotechnology risks was released this week by the International Council on Nanotechnology.

Scientists get first look at nanotubes inside living animals

Rice University scientists have captured the first optical images of carbon nanotubes inside a living organism. Using fruit flies, the researchers confirmed that near-infrared fluorescent imaging was capable of detecting DNA-sized nanotubes inside living fruit flies.

Could nano-food be the next Wheaties? Scientists say it's close

Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry, is quoted on his team's imaging of nanotubes inside fruit flies.

Scientists pave way for detection and analysis of carbon nanotubes inside organisms

Research by Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry, on detecting nanotubes within organisms is featured.