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Nanotechnology researchers develop 'onion' vesicles for drug delivery

Researchers have shown that a certain kind of dendrimer, a molecule that features tree-like branches, offers a simple way of creating vesicles and tailoring their diameter and thickness. Moreover, these dendrimer-based vesicles self-assemble with concentric layers of membranes, much like an onion.

Posted: Jun 10th, 2014

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Viewing plant cells in 3-D (no glasses required)

Focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) has been used in both materials science and in the study of animal tissue, but has not previously been used in plant imaging. Researchers have modified existing FIB-SEM protocols and optimized these for plant tissue and cellular studies, shedding new light on plant cell architecture.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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DOE funding to explore nanoparticles with plasma

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has received some $4.3 million of DOE Office of Science funding, over three years, to develop an increased understanding of the role of plasma in the synthesis of nanoparticles.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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Designing ion 'highway systems' for batteries

Researchers have married two traditional theories in materials science that can explain how the charge dictates the structure of the material. This opens the door for many applications, including a new class of batteries.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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Nanoparticle thin-films that self-assemble in one minute

The days of self-assembling nanoparticles taking hours to form a film over a microscopic-sized wafer are over. Researchers have devised a technique whereby self-assembling nanoparticle arrays can form a highly ordered thin film over macroscopic distances in one minute.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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