Functionalized Inorganic Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications

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Nanomaterials differ significantly from other materials due to two factors: increased surface area and quantumsize effects. These factors can enhance properties such as reactivity, strength and physical characteristics. Due to these characteristics, the coupling of nanomaterials to biomolecular entities has the potential to revolutionize many fields of science and technology, potentially impacting biomedical technologies, nanoelectronics and related areas. Our main goal is to synthesize tunable functionalized nanostructures and to explore their use in applications such as sensing, diagnostics, and treatment. To allow a full exploration, these nanostructures need to be developed at the crossroads of chemistry, biology and engineering. IMEC, one of Europe’s leading independent research center in the field of nanotechnology, is carrying out controlled interactions of molecules with various nanostructures in the arena of modern bioelectronics and lifesciences. This includes processes using magnetic and metal nanomaterials for biosensing, imaging and hyperthermia treatment. In this presentation, we will discuss different synthesis and surface modification methods to obtain stable metal and superparamagnetic nanostructures especially designed for the needs defined by their final biological application. The above mentioned activities will be outlined and some promising results of this research will be presented.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Nanotechnology 2008: Life Sciences, Medicine & Bio Materials – Technical Proceedings of the 2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 2
Published: June 1, 2008
Pages: 262 - 265
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Medical & Biotech
Topics: Biomaterials, Materials Characterization & Imaging
ISBN: 978-1-4200-8504-4