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Molded and Reshaped Nanoparticles to Aid in Medical Treatment, Say Nano Med Tech Researchers

01-18-2012 04:47 PM CET | Science & Education

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A process to mold multifaceted shapes into nanoparticles has been discovered by a team of researchers at Shanghai’s Nano Med Tech. The modified chemical process hollows particles into shapes including three dimensional boxes and honeycomb-like multi-chambered shapes. The researchers were confident that this process can be refined to create increasingly complex shapes which could revolutionize medical diagnosis and treatment.

"We are already able to control the process to the extent that we are forming more complex structures on almost a daily basis,” said Enzio Cordale, head researcher on the project.

Though similar processes have been understood for years, they were never able to be fully implemented until technology progressed to its current stage. Nano Med Tech’s innovation on this project was to make the cationic molding element far less aggressive, which solved the problem of extreme and uncontrollable structural development.

While this process in its early stages, the Nano Med Tech research team is thrilled by its potential medical applications. Cordale is confident that nanoparticles can be precisely hollowed so they absorb a wide range of energy wavelengths, leading to the creation of body scanners that will produce far more accurate images than today’s MRIs.

Puentes was also excited about the other applications for this process, including targeted medicinal delivery. added that the technique could also aid drug delivery. "It's like a constantly shape-shifting vehicle, that’s able to deliver a wide-range of medical packages to any cell within the body,” enthused Cordale. "You can have varying cavity sizes meaning that different-sized molecules can enter differently shaped rooms of a structure. This means that you can have controlled delivery on the nanoscale, delivering precise dosages of medication to the exact area of the body in need of treatment."

The researchers at Nano Med Tech are already working on new applications for the process, including the mechanization of nanoparticles as well as new methods for scrubbing pollutants from both air and water. Cordale believes that right now his team is just scratching the surface of this technology’s many potential applications. "When plastic was first synthesized people didn’t really know what to do with it. Now look how many applications there are are for plastics. I suspect that this new discovery could have as many, or more, surprising applications than that of plastic. It’s really an exciting time to be here right at the very beginnings of a new and almost limitless technology,” concluded Cordale.

Nano Med Tech is a biomedical research organization with its primary facility in Shanghai, China. The organization focuses on human application of nano-technology, particularly in the field of cancer treatment. To view the new Nano Med Tech website, visit

Nano Med Tech,
1001 Tian Lin Road
Caohejin Hi-Tech Park,
China 200233

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