Nanotechnology, especially nanoparticle research, has played very important roles in many scientific discoveries, laying the foundation for their applications in many aspects of our life, such as healthcare, efficient energy, cleaner environments. The field is moving very quickly, with an increasing number of researchers.
This Faraday Discussion will focus on one very fundamental issue of nanoparticle (NP) research: functionalization, relating specifically to biomedical applications. Without the right functionalisation, NPs will be rendered useless. So, how can NPs be synthesised with the desired functionality?
This very focused meeting will promote deep discussions on a topic many other meetings have failed to debate; the whole field would stand still without the appropriate functionalisations for specific applications. We therefore aim to discuss in depth this very important issue which would help to harness the full potential of nanoparticle research.
Noble metal NPs: Novel synthesis of Au and Ag NPs, for example, and better understanding of surface chemistry and interactions between NPs and ligands
Quantum dots: Novel syntheses and novel biofunctionalisation to enhance quantum yield of quantum dots, as well as being a protective layer for biomedical applications
Magnetic NPs: Novel syntheses for enhanced magnetic properties and functionalisation for specific targets in vivo
Carbon nanotube & graphite/graphene and other NPs: There is very limited literature on biomedical applications of this type of material. Therefore, biofunctionalisation is a very important aspect of this research topic