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Hutchlab paper most frequent ACSNano download in 2014!

The paper "Synthesis of Ligand-Stabilized Metal Oxide Nanocrystals and Epitaxial Core/Shell Nanocrystals via a Lower-Temperature Esterification Process" was first in the top twenty list of most read articles in the American Chemical Society's journal ACSNano.  Daisuke Ito, Shun Yokoyama, Tatiana Zaikova, Keiichiro Masuko, and James E. Hutchison, 2014, 8 (1), pp 64–75 Publication Date (Web): December 26, 2013 (Article) DOI: 10.1021/nn401888

UO-produced Video Points Students Toward Sustainable Industry

Jim Hutchison tackles both the definition and its application in the production of metals in a newly produced educational video for the Materials Research Society.  "The video was developed to encourage undergraduates to consider sustainability as part of their studies early in their academic careers," Hutchison said. "It starts by making the case that sustainability is an important challenge for future generations. It then describes the need to consider the lifecycle of materials and products as an integral part of sustainable design."  Follow link below to complete article and video.

Recent Hutchlab Paper Offers New Insights on Controlling Nanoparticle Stability

EUGENE, Ore. — (Dec. 9, 2013) — University of Oregon chemists studying the structure of ligand-stabilized gold nanoparticles have captured fundamental new insights about their stability. The information, they say, could help to maintain a desired, integral property in nanoparticles used in electronic devices,

where stability is important, or to design them so they readily condense into thin films for such things as inks or catalysts in electronic or solar devices.

In a project — detailed in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C — doctoral student Beverly L. Smith and James E. Hutchison, who holds the Lokey-Harrington Chair in Chemistry at the UO, analyzed how nanoparticle size and molecules on their surfaces, called ligands, influence structural integrity under rising temperatures.

Hutchison to serve as Associate Editor for new journal - Environmental Science: Nano

The Royal Society of Chemistry is very pleased to announce Jim Hutchison as one of the Associate Editors for their journal Environmental Science:  Nano...A unique journal dedicated to nanomaterial interactions with biological and environmental systems.

New Labs for Integrative Science

The Lewis Integrative Science Building has facilities for nanotechnology, solar energy, neuroscience, and molecular biology research. For more information about integrative science at the University of Oregon see

Green Chemistry Report Released

Oregon Green Chemistry Advisory Group (convened by the Oregon Environmental Council) releases report Advancing Green Chemistry in Oregon on August 2, 2010. See the report here.

The report is the outcome of a six-month study by the Oregon Green Chemistry Advisory Group, which was convened by Oregon Environmental Council and is comprised of leaders from industry, academia, public agencies and non-governmental organizations, including Jim Hutchison. The advisory group believes its recommendations will further the development of green chemistry in Oregon—and help the state maintain its place as a leader of sustainable business.

Excerpt from Bend Bulletin, "Making chemistry less chemical" on August 2, 2010 regarding the release of the report:

"At the core, green chemistry is about designing new materials that are safer for human health and the environment," says Jim Hutchison.

A common example, he said, is the compostable plastics that are made from corn instead of petroleum products, or cleaning solutions that aren't toxic to the environment.

"Every consumer product is chemical in some way," Hutchison said. "If we can think about the impacts that those have on the environment and on human health, and think about design at the front end so we design materials that maximize performance and minimize the impact, that's really the goal."

That can be anything from reducing the amount of water or energy used to make a product, he said, or determining how to reduce waste in the manufacturing process.

Greener Nanoscience Conference

GN10: 5th Annual Greener Nanoscience Conference

Time: June 16, 2010 at 6pm to June 18, 2010 at 5pm

Location: White Stag Building/UO Portland

City/Town: Portland, Oregon

Website or Map: Conference Website
Organized By: The Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI)

This conference brings together academics, industrialists and policymakers to discuss approaches to developing economically viable, environmentally benign methods to advance nanotechnology. If you are interested in learning about nanotechnology or how to adopt strategies to develop inherently safer, greener nanomaterials, then this conference is for you.