Publication Date

Spring 2013

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Science


Analytical Chemistry

First Advisor

Karen D'Arcy, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Walter Henne, Jr., Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Piotr Grzyska, Ph.D.


Main purpose of this project is to study nanoparticles in Governors State University’s agricultural field and design experimental protocol for the same. Nanoparticles have one dimension that measures between 1 - 100 nanometers or less. Nanoparticles are widely used in day to day life such as in medicines, textiles, manufacturing and cosmetics. Due to their wide use, they can enter environment through many ways such as accidental spills during handling. Waste water treatment plant disposal serves as a main source of their entrance into the environment. Analysis of nanoparticles in environmental samples presents a number of challenges, including separation and collection of individual nanoparticles from bulk soil. Characterization of nanoparticles requires advanced analytical and spectroscopic techniques. Literature reviews gave various detection techniques for nanoparticles which helped in identifying promising technologies for future GSU research. Literature review also focuses on soil bacteria such as Streptomyces and Rhizobiales being susceptible to titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles. Recent study performed on effect of ZnO and cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles on soybean plants is also included. Effect of metal based nanoparticles in soil and soil invertebrates have also been reviewed.


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