Nano Institute of Utah

The Nano Institute of Utah provides an organization wherein scientists, engineers and clinicians from across the University, the State and elsewhere work together to attain global recognition by conquering interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Institute enables Utah researchers from disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy to create synergistic alliances to drive higher levels of collaborative research, education and commercialization.

ChemistryWorld recently published "Catching viruses associated with cervical cancer"

Cervical CancerRoss Stevenson and co-workers at the University of Strathclyde and Renishaw Diagnostics have developed a quick and efficient bioassay that uses surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy (SERS) to differentiate between different HPV genotypes. Bringing this promising technology closer to the clinic is of vital importance for the development of high throughput diagnostics and in principle it will be possible to create individualized patient management strategies according to what type of HPV is present. Analytical chemistry expert Marc Porter, USTAR Professor from the University of Utah commented in the article that ‘SERS is poised to move from the research laboratory into the realm of clinical diagnostics’. PHOTO LEGEND: The SERS bioassay can distinguish between different human papilloma virus genotypes © Ross Stevenson

Fast test classifies meningitis bacteria

MenengitisKaren Faulds’ group at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, have developed a new method that uses surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to quickly identify which meningitis causing bacteria is responsible f for an infection. Combining the SERS technique with chemometrics means the amount of bacteria in a sample can be measured whilst simultaneously identifying the bacteria. This would be particularly useful where co-infection of multiple species is common. Identifying the dominant pathogen present would allow targeted treatment.Marc Porter, USTAR Professor, whose group at the University of Utah uses SERS to examine biomarkers, says the ability to identify and concurrently quantify three common meningitis bacterial pathogens is impressive. According to Dr. Porter, ‘The work takes an important step in moving SERS and nanoparticle-based signalling much closer to meeting a critical need in pathogen detection’.

Azadeh Poursaid, MD/PhD Bioengineering student granted National Research Service Award

PoursaidThese F30 awards are competitively awarded to the top MD/PhD or other dual degree graduate students. Ms. Poursaid proposed to develop silk-elastinlike polymers (SELP) for transarterial chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). When injected as a liquid SELP would penetrate tumors down to capillary levels and provide a broader range for drug delivery after gelling.

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Tenth nanoUtah conference draws researchers, industry and students 

Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) support continues to move Utah nanotechnology efforts forward


The University of Utah’s 10th Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition, nanoUtah 2013, held October 18 and organized jointly by the Nano Institute of Utah and the College of Engineering to demonstrate and showcase advancements in nanotechnology, attracted almost 200 scientists, engineers, students and members of the nanotechnology industry from across the state. Attendees heard 25 research presentations in either “Materials and Characterization,” “Devices and Sensors,” Energy and Environment,” or “Nanomedicine.” Graduate students from around the state presented seventy-four posters while members of the nanotechnology industry exhibited their technologies and services.


Community Voices - August 1, 2013, kpcw Radio


Hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells talk to Professor Marc Porter about the huge impact nanoscience and nanotechnology has when scientists, engineers and clinics work across disciplines to answers ranging from theoretical physics to medicine. They follow that with an interview about the limiting of using brain scan to 'brainwash' or influence humans with Dr Scott Lilienfeld, co-author of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.


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