Definition of nanoparticle
: a microscopic particle whose size is measured in nanometers
Recent Examples of nanoparticle from the Web
Among the most common is silver, typically applied in tiny amounts known as nanoparticles.
Sottos and her colleague Scott White, a professor in aerospace engineering, have developed a way to introduce dynamic bonding at the interface between the silicon nanoparticle and the binder.
The researchers coated conventional paper with nanoparticles of two chemicals: Prussian blue, the pigment that gives blueprints their characteristic color, and titanium dioxide, a substance used in sunscreens.
Some of the beautiful vibrant colors in stained glass are actually a result of gold and silver salts mixed into the molten glass before it is poured, which forms gold and silver nanoparticles.
In another trial, researchers at Selecta Biosciences are testing an antibody-suppressing drug packaged in a biodegradable nanoparticle to be taken along with the drug the patient needs.
The surface is bedecked with gold nanoparticles that move in response to the impinging forces, scattering some of the light in the adjacent nanofiber.
Prussian blue nanoparticles normally appear blue, of course, but can become colorless when they are supplied with additional electrons.
Many scientists are already hard at work finding new ways to kill dangerous bacteria, from discovering new antibiotics to harnessing the power of viruses or nanoparticles.
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Did You Know?
Nanoparticles of a material usually have very different qualities from those that the material has at its ordinary scale, which is one reason why there's such excitement about the possibilities for how they might be used in future technologies. Many uses have already been developed. Aluminum nanoparticles added to rocket fuel can make the fuel burn twice as fast and release much more energy. Silicon nanoparticles are increasing the energy efficiency of solar cells by allowing the energy from ultraviolet light to be captured for the first time. Other nanoparticles are now helping prevent rust in metals, produce stronger batteries, enhance the diagnosis of cancer, and improve the filtering of water, and the number of other applications is growing fast.
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Medical Definition of nanoparticle
: a microscopic particle whose size is measured in nanometers drugs bound to biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles
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