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Claudia Stauch, Thomas Ballweg, Werner Stracke, Robert Luxenhofer, Karl Mandel
Despite immense progress in nanoscience and technology, one of the yet unsolved challenges is the redispersion of nanoparticles from dry powders back to the individual, primary particles. Herein, an easy to handle powder consisting of nanostructured micron sized raspberry-like particles is presented. These nanostructured micro-raspberries are composed of individual nanoparticles which are equipped with molecules that introduce a separating effect or "spring" functionality. Thereby, a powder system is obtained that allows for an easy and complete redispersibility of the agglomerates down to the level of individual nanoparticles in solvents and polymers...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Astrid S de Wijn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 23, 2016: Nature
Dongshuang Wu, Kohei Kusada, Hiroshi Kitagawa
Pd and Ru are two key elements of the platinum-group metals that are invaluable to areas such as catalysis and energy storage/transfer. To maximize the potential of the Pd and Ru elements, significant effort has been devoted to synthesizing Pd-Ru bimetallic materials. However, most of the reports dealing with this subject describe phase-separated structures such as near-surface alloys and physical mixtures of monometallic nanoparticles (NPs). Pd-Ru alloys with homogenous structure and arbitrary metallic ratio are highly desired for basic scientific research and commercial material design...
2016: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
Thoriq Salafi, Kerwin Kwek Zeming, Yong Zhang
Nanoparticles have been widely implemented for healthcare and nanoscience industrial applications. Thus, efficient and effective nanoparticle separation methods are essential for advancement in these fields. However, current technologies for separation, such as ultracentrifugation, electrophoresis, filtration, chromatography, and selective precipitation, are not continuous and require multiple preparation steps and a minimum sample volume. Microfluidics has offered a relatively simple, low-cost, and continuous particle separation approach, and has been well-established for micron-sized particle sorting...
November 10, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Nicholas Camillone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 9, 2016: Nature
Tyler L Cocker, Dominik Peller, Ping Yu, Jascha Repp, Rupert Huber
Watching a single molecule move on its intrinsic timescale has been one of the central goals of modern nanoscience, and calls for measurements that combine ultrafast temporal resolution with atomic spatial resolution. Steady-state experiments access the requisite spatial scales, as illustrated by direct imaging of individual molecular orbitals using scanning tunnelling microscopy or the acquisition of tip-enhanced Raman and luminescence spectra with sub-molecular resolution. But tracking the intrinsic dynamics of a single molecule directly in the time domain faces the challenge that interactions with the molecule must be confined to a femtosecond time window...
November 9, 2016: Nature
Zhe Han, Qi Yan, Wei Ge, Zhi-Guo Liu, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan, Massimo De Felici, Wei Shen, Xi-Feng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Nanoscience and nanotechnology are developing rapidly, and the applications of nanoparticles (NPs) have been found in several fields. At present, NPs are widely used in traditional consumer and industrial products, however, the properties and safety of NPs are still unclear and there are concerns about their potential environmental and health effects. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential toxicity of ZnO NPs on testicular cells using both in vitro and in vivo systems in a mouse experimental model...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Kanchan A Phatak, Pawan K Khanna, Bimalendu B Nath
With the discovery of nanoscience, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) now appear on the ingredient lists of commercial products along with bulk silver or silver microparticles (AgMPs). In the present study, we have compared the effects of silver in both nano and micro forms to assess whether particle size plays a role in the pigmentation pathway, using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. AgNPs were synthesized, characterized and validated. Internalization of the AgNPs and AgMPs was confirmed by atomic absorption spectroscopy...
October 26, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Meng Zhou, Chenjie Zeng, Yuxiang Chen, Shuo Zhao, Matthew Y Sfeir, Manzhou Zhu, Rongchao Jin
The evolution from the metallic (or plasmonic) to molecular state in metal nanoparticles constitutes a central question in nanoscience research because of its importance in revealing the origin of metallic bonding and offering fundamental insights into the birth of surface plasmon resonance. Previous research has not been able to probe the transition due to the unavailability of atomically precise nanoparticles in the 1-3 nm size regime. Herein, we investigate the transition by performing ultrafast spectroscopic studies on atomically precise thiolate-protected Au25, Au38, Au144, Au333, Au∼520 and Au∼940 nanoparticles...
October 24, 2016: Nature Communications
Meizhen Yin, Baozhong Lü, Shusen You, Pengyu Li, Chen Li, Klaus Müllen
Supramolecular self-assembly has attracted increasing attention as a breakthrough methodology in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In this study, a perylene dianhydride derivative (TP-PDA) self-assembles into well-defined nanospheres through a nucleation-growth process. The mechanisms of this process are explored by spectral ananlysis, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Both in-situ DLS and in-situ SEM reveal that the sizes of aggregated nanospheres increase with time until the formation of equilibrium H-aggregates...
October 20, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Sudath Hapuarachchige, Dmitri Artemov
Click chemistry provides fast, convenient, versatile, and reliable chemical reactions that take place between pairs of functional groups of small molecules that can be purified without chromatographic methods. Due to the fast kinetics and low or no elimination of byproducts, click chemistry is a promising approach that is rapidly gaining acceptance in drug discovery, radiochemistry, bioconjugation, and nanoscience applications. Increasing use of click chemistry in synthetic procedures or as a bioconjugation technique in diagnostic imaging is occurring because click reactions are fast, provide a quantitative yield, and produce a minimal amount of nontoxic byproducts...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Vladimir P Zhdanov, Nam-Joon Cho
Interaction of metal or oxide nanoparticles (NPs) with biological soft matter is one of the central phenomena in basic and applied biology-oriented nanoscience. Often, this interaction includes adsorption of suspended proteins on the NP surface, resulting in the formation of the protein corona around NPs. Structurally, the corona contains a "hard" monolayer shell directly contacting a NP and a more distant weakly associated "soft" shell. Chemically, the corona is typically composed of a mixture of distinct proteins...
December 2016: Mathematical Biosciences
Buddolla Viswanath, Sanghyo Kim
Currently, nanotechnology revolutionizing both scientific and industrial community due to their applications in the fields of medicine, environmental protection, energy, and space exploration. Despite of the evident benefits of nanoparticles, there are still open questions about the influence of these nanoparticles on human health and environment. This is one of the critical issues that have to be addressed in the near future, before massive production of nanomaterials. Manufactured nanoparticles, which are finding ever-increasing applications in industry and consumer products fall into the category of emerging contaminants with ecological and toxicological effects on populations, communities and ecosystems...
October 8, 2016: Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Yung-Chen Lin, Ismail Bilgin, Towfiq Ahmed, Renjie Chen, Doug Pete, Swastik Kar, Jian-Xin Zhu, Gautam Gupta, Aditya Mohite, Jinkyoung Yoo
Heterostructuring provides novel opportunities for exploring emergent phenomena and applications by developing designed properties beyond those of homogeneous materials. Advances in nanoscience enable the preparation of heterostructures formed incommensurate materials. Two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, are of particular interest due to their distinct physical characteristics. Recently, 2D/2D heterostructures have opened up new research areas. However, other heterostructures such as 2D/three-dimensional (3D) materials have not been thoroughly studied yet although the growth of 3D materials on 2D materials creating 2D/3D heterostructures with exceptional carrier transport properties has been reported...
October 6, 2016: Nanoscale
Alberto Garcia, Jose F Rodriguez Matas, Manuela T Raimondi
Recent evidence suggests that mechanical deformation of the cell nucleus regulates the nuclear import of the transcriptional activators of genes involved in primary physiological cell responses such as stem cell differentiation. In addition, this nuclear mechanosensing response is de-regulated in pathological states, such as cancer and neurodegeneration. One hypothesis that could greatly advance the field is that the deformation of the nuclear envelope activates nuclear pore complexes through a direct mechanical link...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Cherie R Kagan, Laura E Fernandez, Yury Gogotsi, Paula T Hammond, Mark C Hersam, André E Nel, Reginald M Penner, C Grant Willson, Paul S Weiss
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are poised to contribute to a wide range of fields, from health and medicine to electronics, energy, security, and more. These contributions come both directly in the form of new materials, interfaces, tools, and even properties as well as indirectly by connecting fields together. We celebrate how far we have come, and here, we look at what is to come over the next decade that will leverage the strong and growing base that we have built in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
October 7, 2016: ACS Nano
Mauricio G Mateu
Viruses and their protein capsids can be regarded as biologically evolved nanomachines able to perform multiple, complex biological functions through coordinated mechano-chemical actions during the infectious cycle. The advent of nanoscience and nanotechnology has opened up, in the last 10 years or so, a vast number of novel possibilities to exploit engineered viral capsids as protein-based nanoparticles for multiple biomedical, biotechnological or nanotechnological applications. This chapter attempts to provide a broad, updated overview on the self-assembly and engineering of virus capsids, and on applications of virus-based nanoparticles...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Sergei V Kalinin, Evgheni Strelcov, Alex Belianinov, Suhas Somnath, Rama K Vasudevan, Eric J Lingerfelt, Richard K Archibald, Chaomei Chen, Roger Proksch, Nouamane Laanait, Stephen Jesse
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques have opened the door to nanoscience and nanotechnology by enabling imaging and manipulation of the structure and functionality of matter at nanometer and atomic scales. Here, we analyze the scientific discovery process in SPM by following the information flow from the tip-surface junction, to knowledge adoption by the wider scientific community. We further discuss the challenges and opportunities offered by merging SPM with advanced data mining, visual analytics, and knowledge discovery technologies...
September 27, 2016: ACS Nano
Xi-Feng Zhang, Zhi-Guo Liu, Wei Shen, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan
Recent advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology radically changed the way we diagnose, treat, and prevent various diseases in all aspects of human life. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are one of the most vital and fascinating nanomaterials among several metallic nanoparticles that are involved in biomedical applications. AgNPs play an important role in nanoscience and nanotechnology, particularly in nanomedicine. Although several noble metals have been used for various purposes, AgNPs have been focused on potential applications in cancer diagnosis and therapy...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Olga D Savvidou, Ioanna K Bolia, George D Chloros, Stavros D Goumenos, Vasileios I Sakellariou, Evanthia C Galanis, Panayiotis J Papagelopoulos
Nanomedicine is based on the fact that biological molecules behave similarly to nanomolecules, which have a size of less than 100 nm, and is now affecting most areas of orthopedics. In orthopedic oncology, most of the in vitro and in vivo studies have used osteosarcoma or Ewing sarcoma cell lineages. In this article, tumor imaging and treatment nanotechnology applications, including nanostructure delivery of chemotherapeutic agents, gene therapy, and the role of nano-selenium-coated implants, are outlined. Finally, the potential role of nanotechnology in addressing the challenges of drug and radiotherapy resistance is discussed...
September 1, 2016: Orthopedics
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