Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Paul Pantano, Ph.D.

Bioanalytical Chemistry, Bionanotechnology

Research Group

Pantano Lab


B.S., University of California, Los Angeles (1986): Chemistry
M.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (1988): Chemistry
Advisor: Joseph Sneddon
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside (1993): Analytical Chemistry
Advisor: Werner G. Kuhr
Postdoctoral Associate, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France (1993–94)
Advisor: Christian Amatore
Postdoctoral Associate, Tufts University (1994-96)
Advisor: David R. Walt


Bionanosciences Group
Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute

Research Description

Our work involves improving the accuracy of nanomaterial toxicity assessments, and advancing the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nanomaterials. Our areas of expertise include the physiochemical characterization of nanomaterials, the reproducible preparation of purified nanomaterial samples, and direct measurements of metal oxide and carbon nanomaterials inside mammalian cells and aquatic organisms. We are also interested in developing label-free methods to detect carbon nanomaterial contamination in workplace areas.

Selected Publications

Pantano, P.;* Harrison, C.D.; Poulose, J.; Urrabazo Jr., D.; Norman, T.Q.; Braun, E.I.; Draper, R.K. and Overzet, L.J. (2017) Factors Affecting the 13.56-MHz Radio-Frequency-Mediated Heating of Gold Nanoparticles, Applied Spectroscopy Reviews, 1-16.

Braun, E.I.; Huang, A.; Tusa, C.A.; Yukica, M.A. and Pantano, P.* (2016) Use of Raman Spectroscopy to Identify Carbon Nanotube Contamination at an Analytical Balance Workstation, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 13, 915-923. 

Wang, R.; Meredith, A.N.; Lee Jr., M.; Detusch, D.; Miadzvedskaya, L.; Braun, E. Pantano, P.; Harper, S. and Draper, R.* (2016) Toxicity Assessment and Bioaccumulation in Zebrafish Embryos Exposed to Carbon Nanotubes Suspended in Pluronic® F-108, Nanotoxicology 10, 689-698. 

Braun, E.I.; Draper, R. and Pantano, P.* (2016) Enhanced Surface Acidity for Surfactant-Free Suspensions of Carboxylated Carbon Nanotubes Purified by Centrifugation, Analytical Chemistry Research, 8, 26-33. 

  • Updated: March 29, 2018
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