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 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

Braun, E.I. and P. Pantano. “The Importance of an Extensive Elemental Analysis of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Soot”, Carbon (2014) 77: 912-919.

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 No. 8,632,671 published 1/21/2014.

Chilek, J.L., R. Wang, R.K. Draper, and P. Pantano. “Use of Gel Electrophoresis and Raman Spectroscopy to Characterize the Effect of Electronic Structure of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Cellular Uptake”, Analytical Chemistry (2014) 86: 2882-2887.

Wang, R., T. Hughes, S. Beck, S. Vakil, S. Li, P. Pantano, and R.K. Draper. “Generation of Toxic Degradation Products by Sonication of Pluronic Dispersants: Implications for Nanotoxicity Testing”, Nanotoxicology (2013) 7: 1272-1281.

  • Updated: March 3, 2015