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Tuesday, 23 October, 2012

The State of Nanoparticle-Based Nanoscience and Biotechnology: Progress, Promises, and Challenges

B. Pelaz, S. Jaber, D. Jimenez de Aberasturi, V. Wulf, T. Aida, J. de la Fuente, J. Feldmann, H. Gaub, L. Josephson, C. Kagan, N. Kotov, L. Liz-Marzán, H. Mattoussi, P. Mulvaney, C. Murray, A. Rogach, P. Weiss, I. Willner, and W. Parak -
ACS Nano, Vol. 6 (10), pp. 8468-8483 (2012)

Colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) have become versatile building blocks in a wide variety of fields. Here, we discuss the state-of-the-art, current hot topics, and future directions based on the following aspects: narrow size-distribution NPs can exhibit protein-like properties; monodispersity of NPs is not always required; assembled NPs can exhibit collective behavior; NPs can be assembled one by one; there is more to be connected with NPs; NPs can be designed to be smart; surface-modified NPs can directly reach the cytosols of living cells.


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