Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Paul Pantano
Associate Professor
BE 3.506

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 elucidating the intracellular response and fate of carbon nanomaterials (e.g., carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide), and advancing the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of carbon nanomaterials. Our areas of expertise include the characterization of carbon nanomaterials, the reproducible preparation of purified nanomaterial samples, and the development of direct and label-free measurements of nanomaterials inside living cells and tissue.

Selected Publications

Jacobsen, N.J. and P. Pantano. “Determining the Percentages of Semiconducting and Metallic Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Bulk Soot”, Carbon (2011) 49: 1998-2006.

Wang, R., C. Mikoryak, S. Li, D. Bushdiecker II, IH. Musselman, P. Pantano, and R.K. Draper. “Cytotoxicity Screening of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Detection and Removal of Cytotoxic Contaminants from Carboxylated Carbon Nanotubes”, Molecular Pharmaceutics (2011) 8: 1351-1361.

Marches, R., C. Mikoryak, R. Wang, P. Pantano, R.K. Draper, and E.S. Vitetta. “The Importance of Cellular Internalization of Antibody-Targeted Carbon Nanotubes in the Photothermal Ablation of Breast Cancer Cells”, Nanotechnology (2011) 22: 1-10. 

Draper, R.K., P. Pantano, R. Wang, and C. Mikoryak. “Method for Measuring Carbon Nanotubes Taken-Up by a Plurality of Living Cells”, U.S. Patent Application No. 2011/0203927 published 8/25/11.

  • Updated: December 10, 2012