The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Marina Vance, a research scientist with the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, for her work to ensure people are safe from pollutants or exposure to nanomaterials.
Vance is the associate director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, also known as VTSuN. The center develops and leverages nanoscale technologies to help remedy global sustainability challenges in areas such as clean air and water, waste minimization, environmental remediation, food safety, and renewable energy.
Nanomaterials are the heart of the smaller, better electronics, as well as new materials, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, energy storage, and clean water. However, exposure to nanomaterials may have unintended consequences for human health and the environment.
Vance’s research is focused on people's exposure to nanomaterials and other emerging contaminants, dynamics of airborne nanoparticles, and the environmental fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles.
She is involved in redeveloping the Wilson Center’s Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory and has studied methods for in vitro assessment of airborne nanomaterials, characterized nanoscale components of dust and aerosols in the city of Shanghai, ande conducted atmospheric studies along the U.S.-Mexico border. She’s also studied aerosols from the 3-D printing process and people's exposure to silver nanoparticles in spray products.
Vance received her doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech, studying how nanomaterials in consumer products can end up in our body.
She received her master’s degree in environmental engineering and bachelor’s degree in sanitation and environmental engineering from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.