Professor Yoshiki Katayama (Kyushu University, Japan) discusses recent advances in drug delivery systems and strategies that exploit the EPR effect, with a special focus on stimuli-responsive systems based on novel materials.
Mesoporous silica with uniform and tailorable pore dimensions with high surface areas are used many applications such as wastewater remediation, indoor air cleaning, catalysis, bio-catalysis, and drug delivery.
Magnetic-plasmonic nanoparticles offer the combined benefits of both a magnetic probe as well as additional imaging modes usually associated with noble metal nanoparticles. Professor Shinya Maenosono (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) explores the synthesis, characterization, and proof-of-concept application
One of the more traditional photovoltaic devices, single crystalline silicon solar cells were invented more than 50 years ago, currently make up 94% of the market. Single crystalline silicon solar cells operate on the principle of p-n junctions formed by
Noble-metal nanostructures are widely used in a variety of applications ranging from catalysis to electronics, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), and biomedical research.
Small-scale materials with particle diameters in the nanometer range have already been used for a long time. The Chinese used carbon black, derived from a combustion process for painting applications a long time before modern technology allowed its industrial production.
Professor Randal Lee (University of Houston, USA) discusses design considerations for iron oxide magnetic nanospheres and nanocubes used for biosensing, including synthetic procedures, size, and shape. The effects of these variables are discussed for various volumetric-based and surface-based detection schemes.
Gold nanoparticles are particles with diameters in the 1-100 nm range and have unique optical and physical properties, the most pronounced being the intense absorbance and scattering of incident light at its surface plasmon resonance wavelength.
Advances in materials have often been led by the development of new synthetic methods that provide control over size, morphology and structure. The preparation of materials in a scalable and continuous manner is critical when development moves beyond lab-scale quantities.
Professor Marco Torelli examines fluorescent nanomaterials for use in bioimaging applications current state-of-the-art materials, focusing on fluorescence brightness, photostability, and size, and relates them to emerging applications.
Magnetism and magnetic materials have been of scientific interest for over 1,000 years. More recently, fundamental investigations have focused on exploring the various types of magnetic materials and understanding the magnetic effects created by electric currents.
Accumulation of biological matter at surfaces is an inevitable event in virtually any environment in which natural and man-made materials are used. Although sometimes fouling of surfaces with biomolecules and bioorganisms has little consequence, biofouling must be minimized or controlled
Composite materials that traditionally incorporate micron scale reinforcements in a bulk matrix offer opportunities to tailor material properties such as hardness, tensile strength, ductility, density, thermal and electrical conductivity, and wear resistance.