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UTEP Graduate’s Work in Nanotechnology Featured in White House Budget Supplement

The work of UTEP alumna Nubia Zuverza-Mena, Ph.D., was mentioned in The National Nanotechnology Initiative Supplement to the President’s 2019 Budget, a report prepared for President Donald Trump by each federal agency.

The document highlighted Zuverza-Mena as part of a team working to boost the “immune system” of plants by supplying them with nanoscale micronutrients.

Her educational field is in nanotechnology — the study of the ultrafine particles of material that are the focus of emerging technology in agriculture.

Zuverza-Mena, a Juárez native, earned three degrees at UTEP – a B.S. in chemistry (2006), an M.S. in metallurgical and materials engineering (2009), and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering (2016).

As an undergraduate she conducted research on the use of plants to remove heavy metals from the environment. As a master’s student, she engaged in a tissue engineering research opportunity that was the precursor to the College of Engineering’s bioengineering program that is currently thriving on campus.

Her initial stint in the private sector came as a components engineer for Johnson & Johnson in Mexico after she earned her master’s degree. She helped oversee the manufacture of angioplasty balloons for use in medical procedures.

She returned to UTEP where she began to work with Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ph.D., the Dudley Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering.

Gardea-Torresdey is one of the preeminent names in the field of nanotechnology. Most recently, his work was published in the August 2018 edition of Nature Nanotechnology, one of the world’s leading monthly peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Under Gardea-Torresdey’s tutelage, Zuverza-Mena began her foray into the effects of nanotechnology.

She eventually parlayed her efforts into a postdoctoral assignment at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as assistant scientist.

UTEP Chemistry Professor Featured in Renowned Scientific Journal

The work of a University of Texas at El Paso professor has been published in one of the world’s leading monthly peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Two articles focusing on nanotechnology’s impact on drinking water and agriculture co-written by Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ph.D., the Dudley Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering, were published in the August 2018 edition of Nature Nanotechnology.

The journal, published by Nature Publishing Group, covers all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

“This is a momentous occasion in my professional career,” Gardea-Torresdey said. “We have published more than 450 research articles. These are the only two that have appeared in Nature Nanotechnology, and they are in the same issue. It is remarkable that the editor addresses our work in his commentary. This has never happened for me, it is amazing. This a great day for all of us. It is another example of UTEP’s academic and research strengths.”

The first work that appears in the journal, “Achieving food security through the very small,” discusses nanotechnology’s potential role in increasing efficiency and sustainability of agriculture.

Gardea-Torresdey co-wrote the article with Jason C. White, Ph.D., vice director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Gardea-Torresdey’s work on the uses and potential effects of nanoparticles in agriculture has been funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) as a 10-year, $48 million grant.

The article was lauded in the journal’s editorial section. Of Gardea-Torresdey and White’s research, the journal stated, “The importance of such studies … is that in their absence it remains unclear whether the improvements observed in a new agrochemical formulation are indeed related to the inclusion of nanoparticles. It is true that broadly speaking the small size and high surface-area-to-volume ratio in nanoparticles can be beneficial. But using this justification without properly understanding the mechanisms of interaction between nanoparticles and crops, hence leading to the tailored design of new nanoagrochemicals, may in the long run undermine the potential of nanotechnology in agriculture, as has perhaps already happened in other fields.”

The second piece in the journal is a thorough-review article, “Low risk posed by engineered and incidental nanoparticles in drinking water.” It assesses the health risks associated with natural and engineered nanoparticles present in tap water.

Gardea-Torresdey collaborated with a number of other field experts on the article, which was funded through a five-year grant from the NSF’s Engineering Research Center (ERC) Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems (NEWT).

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