14/12/2012 - 10:00 - Tower I | floor 11 Parc Científic de Barcelona, Baldiri Reixac 4-8

Engineering inorganic nanoparticles

External events of interest

Victor Puntes

Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN)

The last decade has seen the study of the properties of inorganic nanoparticles flourishing. Nanoparticles display properties that are strongly determined by both morphology and environment and in the physico-chemical context where they are immersed. As an example, note that the optical properties of gold or the magnetic properties of iron oxide at the nanoscale are modified depending on the environment without mediating any chemical reaction. Inorganic nanoparticles behave as 'artificial atoms', since their high density of electronic states - which controls many physical properties - can be extensively and easily tuned by adjusting composition, size and shape.

After intense explorative research into the preparation of materials with new properties, and search of application of those novel found materials, now is time for re-designing nanoparticles properties, and in today’s context, including safety from the earlier stages of design, including both, the synthesis of the material and the application of it, as much as its fate, recycling and disposal.  I would like to show results of our laboratory trying to design the nanomaterial and its application (for medicine and environmental remediation) employing the new tools for manipulation and characterization recently developed by nanotechnology.

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