Contact persons

• Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Ph.D., PI, Director
• Arturo Ponce-Pedraza, Ph.D., Director

The Nanotechnology and Human Health Core is part of the RCMI program at UTSA. It focuses on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for imaging, labels for bioassays, and active targeting for in vivo or in vitro diagnostics. The Core studies the interaction of nanoparticles with living cells for application in the targeted delivery of drugs, genes, and proteins; tissue engineering scaffolds; artificial organs and implants; and bioimaging and cell labeling. Additionally, the Core supports development of new advanced characterization methods to study biological tissue using nanoparticles and advanced electron microscopy techniques to produce three-dimensional structural information for imaging cell membranes, organelles, and other subcellular structures.

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  • Capillary Electrophoresis
  • CHI812 Potentiostat
  • Fiber coupled compact IR spectrometer
  • High resolution SEM microscope Hitachi 5500
  • IS 400 Engraving system Gravograph
  • JEOL 1230 100 kv TEM (routine work)
  • JEOL JEOL 2010 FEG with 1.2 Å resolution including EDS JEOL
  • Raman Microscope Horiba- Jobin
  • STM-AFM multimode microscopes VEECO
  • TEM ARM 200 FEG with aberration correction JEOL
  • Titanium Sapphire laser system
  • Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer
  • WS-400B-6NPP-Lite Spin Processor