James Dale

Institution: Virginia Tech

4044 Derring Hall

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Research Interests

My research aims to direct policy decisions governing nanoparticulate cerium oxide.  Nano-ceria is used to catalyze combustion within diesel engines, resulting in increased fuel efficiency and reduced particulate matter emissions.  While these known effects on emissions would be a great benefit to the health of the environment and society, the effects of emitting undetermined quantities of nano-ceria into the environment is largely unknown.  By studying the emitted nano-ceria as it is released into the atmosphere, deposited on the lithosphere, travels through the environment and its effects on ecosystems, we can make a more well-informed decision regarding the safety and overall health effects of implementing such a technology.