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Superfund Research Program

Robert H. Hurt

Brown University
School of Engineering
Barus & Holley Building
182 Hope St., Box D
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: 401-863-2685


Research Briefs





  • Lv X, Qiu Y, Wang Z, Jiang GM, Chen YT, Xu XH, Hurt RH. 2016. Aerosol synthesis of phase-controlled iron-graphene nanohybrids through FeOOH nanorod intermediates. Environ. Sci.: Nano 3:1215-1221. doi:10.1039/C6EN00178E
  • Qiu Y, Felten C, Hurt RH, Kulaots I. 2016. Thermochemistry and kinetics of graphite oxide exothermic decomposition for safety in large-scale storage and processing. Carbon N Y 96:20-28. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2015.09.040 PMID:28090118 PMCID:PMC5227653
  • Wang Z, Tonderys D, Leggett S, Williams EK, Kiani M, Steinberg R, Qui Y, Hurt RH, Wong I. 2016. Wrinkled, wavelength-tunable graphene-based surface topographies for directing cell alignment and morphology. Carbon N Y 97:14-24. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2015.03.040 PMID:25848137 PMCID:PMC4384125
  • Wang Z, von dem Bussche A, Qiu Y, Valentine TM, Gion K, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2016. Chemical dissolution pathways of MoS2 nanosheets in biological and environmental media. Environ Sci Technol 50:7208-7217. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b01881 PMCID:PMCID52181
  • Wang Z, Zhu W, Qiu Y, Yi X, von dem Bussche A, Kane AB, Gao H, Koski K, Hurt RH. 2016. Biological and environmental interactions of emerging two-dimensional nanomaterials. Chem Soc Rev 45(6):1750-1780. doi:10.1039/c5cs00914f PMID:26923057 PMCID:PMC4820079
  • Zhu WP, von dem Bussche A, Yi X, Qiu Y, Wang Z, Weston P, Hurt RH, Kane AB, Gao H. 2016. Nanomechanical mechanism for lipid bilayer damage induced by carbon nanotubes confined in intracellular vesicles. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 113(44):12374-12379. doi:10.1073/pnas.1605030113 PMID:27791073 PMCID:PMC5098676








  • Hoover E, Brown P, Averick M, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2009. Teaching small and thinking large: Effects of social and ethical implications in an interdisciplinary nanotechnology course. Journal of Nanoeducation 1(1):86-95.
  • Jakubek L, Marangoudakis S, Raingo J, Liu X, Lipscombe D, Hurt RH. 2009. The inhibition of neuronal calcium ion channels by trace levels of yttrium released from carbon nanotubes. Biomaterials 30(31):6351-6357. doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2009.08.009 PMID:19698989 PMCID:PMC2753181
  • Lee B, Sarin L, Johnson NC, Hurt RH. 2009. A nano-selenium reactive barrier approach for managing mercury over the life-cycle of compact fluorescent lamps. Environ Sci Technol 43(15):5915-20. doi:10.1021/es9013097 PMID:19731697 PMCID:PMC3595539
  • Liu X, Vinson D, Abt D, Hurt RH, Rand DM. 2009. Differential toxicity of carbon nanomaterials in Drosophila: larval dietary uptake is benign, but adult exposure causes locomotor impairment and mortality. Environ Sci Technol 43(16):6357-63. doi:10.1021/es901079z PMID:19746737 PMCID:PMC3147226
  • Sanchez V, Pietruska JR, Miselis NR, Hurt RH, Kane AB. 2009. Biopersistence and potential adverse health impacts of fibrous nanomaterials: what have we learned from asbestos?. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Nanomed Nanobiotechnol 1(5):511-529. doi:10.1002/wnan.41 PMID:20049814 PMCID:PMC2864601


  • Guo L, Morris DG, Kane AB, Hurt RH, Liu X. 2008. Targeted Removal of Bioavailable Metal as a Detoxification Strategy for Carbon Nanotubes. Carbon N Y 46(3):489-500. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2007.12.018 PMID:19255622 PMCID:PMC2614279
  • Guo L, von dem Bussche A, Buechner M, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2008. Adsorption of essential micronutrients by carbon nanotubes and its implications for nanotoxicity testing. Small 4(6):721-727.
  • Guo L, von dem Bussche A, Buechner M, Yan A, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2008. Adsorption of essential micronutrients by carbon nanotubes and the implications for nanotoxicity testing. Small 4(6):721-7. doi:10.1002/smll.200700754 PMID:18504717
  • Johnson NC, Manchester S, Sarin L, Gao Y, Kulaots I, Hurt RH. 2008. Mercury vapor release from broken compact fluorescent lamps and in situ capture by new nanomaterial sorbents. Environ Sci Technol 42(15):5772-5778. doi:10.1021/es8004392 PMID:18754507
  • Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2008. Nanotoxicology: the asbestos analogy revisited. Nat Nanotechnol 3(7):378-379. doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.182 PMID:18654556
  • Manchester S, Wang X, Kulaots I, Gao Y, Hurt RH. 2008. High capacity mercury adsorption on freshly ozone-treated carbon surfaces. Carbon N Y 46(3):518-524. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2007.12.019 PMID:19255621 PMCID:PMC2614278


  • Guo L, Liu XY, Sanchez V, Vaslet CA, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2007. A window of opportunity: designing carbon nanomaterials for environmental safety and health. Material Science Forum 544-545:511-516.
  • Guo L, Morris DG, Liu X, Vaslet CA, Hurt RH, Kane AB. 2007. Iron bioavailability and redox activity in diverse carbon nanotube samples. Chemistry of Materials 19(14):3472-3478. doi:10.1021/cm062691p
  • Jian K, Truong TC, Hoffman WP, Hurt RH. 2007. Mesoporous carbons with self-assembled surfaces of defined crystal orientation. Microporous Mesoporous Mater 108:143-151. PMID:19190761
  • Liu X, Gurel V, Morris D, Murray DW, Zhitkovich A, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2007. Bioavailability of nickel in single-wall carbon nanotubes. Advanced Materials 19:2790-96.
  • Yan A, von dem Bussche A, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2007. Tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate as a safe, antioxidant surfactant for processing carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. Carbon N Y 45:2463-70. PMID:19081834


  • Hurt RH, Monthioux M, Kane AB. 2006. Toxicology of carbon nanomaterials: Status, trends, and perspectives on the special issue. Carbon N Y 44(6):1028-1033. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2005.12.023
  • Jian K, Yan A, Kulaots I, Crawford GP, Hurt RH. 2006. Reconstruction and hydrophobicity of nanocarbon surfaces composed solely of graphene edges. Carbon N Y 44(10):2102-2106. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2006.03.035
  • Yan A, Lau BW, Weissman BS, Kulaots I, Yang NY, Kane AB, Hurt RH. 2006. Biocompatible, hydrophilic, supramolecular carbon nanoparticles for cell delivery. Advanced Materials 18:2373-78. doi:10.1002/adma.200600838

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