The centre's main areas of research include nano research, developing new products, producing medical protheses, multi-component fluids with nano-dispersal technology and applying nanotechnology in meteorology.
The French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm), the engineering university INSA Lyon, and Riken, a Japanese research centre for biomedicine, signed an agreement to establish a joint laboratory studying lipids nanostructures.
A team of researchers has developed a new process to make flexible, conducting "nano skins" for a variety of applications, from electronic paper to sensors for detecting chemical and biological agents.
A review of published toxicology studies argues that there are as yet no ways to predict which quantum dots will be toxic and which will be safe, making it necessary to test each type of quantum dot for toxicity before reaching any conclusions about their clinical utility.
Two groups of investigators in Europe have developed engineered nanoscale materials that enhance images obtained using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. With further development, these nanomaterials have the potential to improve the detection of early stage cancer.
Carbon nanotubes have already found many valuable applications in nanotechnology. Now researchers are adding yet another potential use for these unique nanomaterials: as a detector for specific sequences of DNA. The work suggests that carbon nanotubes could be the basis for ultrasensitive devices for detecting pathogens such as anthrax and DNA mutations that cause genetic diseases, as well as leading to a more precise tool for understanding genetic mechanisms inside cells.
Columbia University is a major contributor to the NanoMedicine Center for Mechanical Biology, a multi-disciplinary initiative aimed at developing new technologies for regenerative medicine and treating human diseases that involve mechanical malfunction, such as cancer.
The first electron microscope for simultaneously and automatically investigating in three-dimensions the phase content, crystallographic texture, and crystal interfaces of materials was co-designed and put into service at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Germany.