Doctoral Student Megan Creighton Awarded EPA STAR Fellowship

Megan Creighton, a fifth year doctoral student in the chemical and biochemcial engineering group at the Brown University School of Engineering, has been awarded an EPA STAR graduate fellowship. EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program funds graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. The program engages the nation's best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA's intramural research program and those of our partners in other federal agencies.

Creighton is working with Professor Robert Hurt and her research will focus on potential applications for graphene-family nanomaterials (GFNs). Increased use and production of such materials consequently suggests an increased likelihood of unintended occupational, consumer, and environmental exposures. This project focuses on the relation between the risks of such exposures and specific material properties so that these properties can be intelligently exploited for both function and safety. This will eventually lead to more accurate information for environmental decision-making, allowing for the safe and sustainable development and incorporation of GFN technology into society.