Tag Archives: Nanoparticles

Inocuous Nanotechnology-Based Sunscreen Tested in Pig and Mice

Researchers from Yale University funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a sunscreen based on nanoparticles that carry UV-blocking elements. The particles stick to the skin surface without penetrating in the body, thus avoiding toxic effects that can result in cancer. The study has been published in the journal Nature Materials. Currently available […]

Electric Chip Recovers Drug Nanoparticles from Blood

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have discovered a new technique to isolate nanoparticles from blood plasma. An oscillating electric field can separate nanoparticles from complex liquids, allowing to recover, for example, drug-delivery particles. The finding could also have applications in industrial and environmental settings. The study has been published in the journal Small. Drug-carrying […]

Shape-Shifting DNA Devices Show Promising Future for Nanotechnology

Researchers from Technische Universität München have created reversible DNA structures taking advantage of the weak DNA stacking interactions. The authors created devices such as a nanorobot and a pair of nanoscissors that could change their conformation by switching the temperature of the salt concentration. This advance in DNA nanotechnology, published in Science, paves the way […]


Secretive Technology Behind Google’s Cancer Detecting Pill

Google’s super-secretive life science research lab at Google X is working on a magnetized pill that helps diagnose cancer, predict heart attacks and other diseases in the quickest time possible. The Nanoparticle platform, as it is being called, is combined with a wearable device that controls and receives signals from the magnetic pill. While many other […]

Nanoparticle Vaccines for On-demand Vaccine Production and Administration

Engineers at the University of Washington synthesized nanoparticles using an engineered protein to improve vaccine production and administration. Moving from attenuated or killed pathogens to protein-based subunit vaccines which are usually formulated with adjuvants, the researchers developed a calcium phosphate core-immunogen shell nanoparticle to exploit the potential of nanoparticles as effective delivery vehicles. Preliminary studies […]

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New DNA Molecular Motor Transports Nanoparticles

A new molecular motor created by a team of researchers from the Purdue University is made entirely of DNA. This miniature DNA motor also successfully demonstrated its motoring capabilities by transporting a nanoparticle across the length of a carbon nanotube. Biological molecular motors available in nature are generally made of proteins and their performance is […]

AC-ESTEM Tech Allows Visualization of Atoms in Live Catalytic Reactions

The researchers at York JEOL Nanocentre at the University of York have developed a technology that allows them to visualize atoms, small clusters and nanoparticles while they are undergoing reaction. This breakthrough technology will be instrumental in understanding the reaction dynamics of catalysis and other reactions involving nanoparticles. In a collaborative research project involving various […]

Solarclave Harnesses Solar Energy Using Nanoparticles to Sterilize Equipment

Every biologist knows what an autoclave is, and how important it is in a lab or a hospital. Autoclaves are instruments that use moist heat generated by heating water to produce high pressure saturated steam. The steam is used to sterilize media, labware, surgical equipment and lab wastes. The standard autoclaves rely on electricity to […]