Thursday, April 16, 2009

Intersection of Nanotechnology & Material Sciences

Nanotechnology and the material sciences are of great interest to me. The intersection of these two areas holds promise for innovative technologies.

Much research is centered on drug delivery. Recent news concerning a new type of non-toxic nanoparticle drug delivery system that breaks down and is excreted by the kidneys after delivering the drug to the target is most exciting.

For more information see

Biodegradable luminescent porous silicon nanoparticles for in vivo applications

The April 6, 2009, news report about this discovery, includes a picture of the nanoparticle, see MaterialsToday online - Nanoparticles deliver the goods and leave without a trace. The news report reviews the research in which doxorubicin was used to target a tumor, without any toxicity to major organs of the mouse.

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