Rice Unconventional Wisdom
Energy & Environmental Systems Institute


Established by EESI with the aid of the Office of  Science and Technology of the French Consulate-Houston, I-CENTR
brings together Rice scholars with over thirty researchers from the global environmental and nanochemistry research communities who are actively engaged in research on developing new nanomaterials-based technologies for protecting human health and the environment, and in understanding how nanomaterials and nanomaterial production may affect our environment. 
Current  projects include studies on: 

  • Mobility of nanomaterials in aqueous environments
  • Surface chemistry of mineral oxide and carbon nanoparticles
  • Development of nanostructured membranes
  • Mechanisms of nanoparticle bio-degradation
  • Development of nanostructured ceramic bodies for environmental separations and catalysis nanomaterial-based adsorbents for water treatment
  • Possible mutagenic properties of nanoparticles 
  • Nanoparticle bioaccumulation