Chemists Perform Surgery on Nanoparticles

Schematic of molecular surgery on a 23-atom gold nanoparticle.

Schematic of molecular surgery on a 23-atom gold nanoparticle.

October 23, 2017 | Source: Carnegie Mellon University, cmu.edu, 12 June 2017, Jocelyn Duffy

A team of chemists led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Rongchao Jin has for the first time conducted site-specific surgery on a nanoparticle. The procedure, which allows for the precise tailoring of nanoparticles, stands to advance the field of nanochemistry. 

The surgical technique developed by Qi Li, the study’s lead author and a 3rd year graduate student in the Jin group, will allow researchers to enhance nanoparticles’ functional properties, such as catalytic activity and photoluminescence, increasing their usefulness in a wide variety of fields including health care, electronics and manufacturing. The findings were published in Science Advances.

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