Researchers want to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production and give them completely new functions, such as monitoring environmental pollutants.
Encapsulated nanoparticles can create bright colors by amplifying particular wavelengths of light. These microcapsules could offer a new, non-toxic and long-lasting source of color for paints and electronic displays.
If you've ever suffered the misery of food poisoning from a bacterium like Shigella or Salmonella, then your cells have been on the receiving end of 'nanoinjectors' - microscopic spikes made from proteins through which pathogens secrete effector proteins into human host cells, causing infection.
Ali Shakouri, the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious THERMI Award for his contributions to the field of semiconductor thermal management.