ULTRA-THIN NANOPARTICLE SYNTHESIS
A New More Efficient Way To Create Diversely Shaped Magnetic Nanoparticles
Nanoparticles are used in everything from material coatings to electronic components to diagnostic testing - they are essentially everywhere. Due to this high demand, there is a great need for efficient and cost-effective ways to manufacture nanoparticles. Unfortunately, the process can be time-intensive, depending on the required type and shape. Furthermore, there is no one-shape-fits-all solution due to the widespread usage, so scientists must engineer the precise form needed for a specific application.
Researchers at The University of Alabama have developed a method of producing a variety of ultra-thin nanoparticle shapes by utilizing selective heating of oleate complex and ferrite moiety. The yielded shapes include rice, whiskers, plates, tubes, and flowers. The produced nanomaterials are ultra-thin, magnetic, and have narrow size distributions with thicknesses measuring between 1 and 4 nanometers. Due to these characteristics, the technology would appeal to the healthcare industry, specifically concerning the production of MRI contrast agents, drug carriers, and sensors at the nanoscale.
- Straight-forward, easy production process
- Only simple adjustments needed to change nanoparticle shape
- Optimal thickness allows for easy coating
- Capable of being integrated into other materials
- Can be surface functionalized
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