Ms. Jonghwa Oh, graduate research assistant in the department of environmental health sciences and doctoral student in industrial hygiene at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was awarded third place distinction in the graduate division for the poster “Surface Area and Toluene Adsorption Capacity for Fabricated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWNT) Buckypaper” at the recent NanoBio Summit 2014, held at the University of Alabama’s Bryant Conference Center. The summit provides opportunities to accelerate new research and academic collaborations, while targeting the latest research findings, innovations, and implementations of nanotechnology. Co-authors of the poster include Dr. Claudiu T. Lungu, associate professor, also in the department of environmental health sciences; and Dr. Evan L. Floyd, formerly a graduate assistant and doctoral student in this department at UAB and currently assistant professor in the department of occupational and environmental health at the University of Oklahoma.
This research represents an intermediate step in the team’s effort to develop a new personal air sampling and analysis technique employing carbon nanotube (as well as other nanomaterials) adsorbents as sampling media and using light flash for desorption prior to analysis (photo thermal desorption). The group received an R21 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop this technique.