Bricklaying molecules for nano-building- how does nanotechnology work?

Dirnano counts on experienced nanotechnologists to design innovative curing agents. As the stone-age technology dealt with the ability to work stones to produce more and more sophisticated tools due to defined shapes and material consistence, nanotechnology deals with the ability to produced nanoparticles with a precise geometric design and atomic composition.

This is easy to say, but far from trivial, given the dimension of nanoparticles compared to stones!

In most cases, however, chemistry and material science are developed enough to ensure the creation of homogeneous objects with the desired properties.

For example, the self-assembling of simple molecules into nanoparticles is indeed exploited based on colloidal dispersion of hydrophobic molecules in water.

Sometime, an initial micelle (another way to say “hydrophobic nanoparticles dispersed in a medium”) may help the recruitment and the subsequent polymerization of other water-insoluble precursors to get a final different nanoparticle.

Chemical modification with simple molecules, or with polymers, coupling with drugs or fluorescent tracers can be done by using chemical methods to get a final sophisticated nanoparticle.

However, we are still at the beginning of nanotechnology, we may say that we are in the nano-stone age!

We may be sure that the ability of men to manipulate matter at that level will extraordinary increase in future, providing new ways to design nanoparticles able to revolutionize other technologies, included medicine.


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