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Colloidal Nano-apatite Particles with Active Luminescent and Magentic Properties for Biotechnology Applications. The synthesis of functional nano-materials is a burgeoning field that has produced remarkable and consistent breakthroughs over the last two decades. Individual particles have become smaller and shown potential for well defined functionality. However, there are still unresolved problems, a primary one being the loss of functionality and novelty due to uncontrolled aggregation driven by surface energy considerations. As such the first design criteria to harness the true potential of nanoparticles is to prevent unwanted agglomeration by: (1) improving, and, if possible, (2) controlling aggregation behavior. This requires specific knowledge of the chemistry of the immediate locale of the intended application; especially for biologically relevant applications. The latter criterion is also application driven but should be considered, generally, to diversify the range of functional properties that can be achieved. We have now reason to believe that such a novel system with multifunctional capabilities can be synthesized rather conveniently and have far reaching impact in biotechnology and other applications in the near future. We are presently experimenting with the syntheses of spheroidal, metal-doped, colloidal apatite nano-particles (~10 nm) for several potential biomedical applications.


Summary of current research including Figures on controlled assembly of Fe-doped nanoparticles into specific shapes using magnetic templates, and Nd-doped nanoparticles exhibiting both magnetic and specific light absorption properties.

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