Journal article

The State of Nanoparticle-Based Nanoscience and Biotechnology: Progress, Promises, and Challenges

Beatriz Pelaz, Sarah Jaber, Dorleta Jimenez de Aberasturi, Verena Wulf, Takuzo Aida, Jesus M de la Fuente, Jochen Feldmann, Hermann E Gaub, Lee Josephson, Cherie R Kagan, Nicholas A Kotov, Luis M Liz-Marzan, Hedi Mattoussi, Paul Mulvaney, Christopher B Murray, Andrey L Rogach, Paul S Weiss, Itamar Willner, Wolfgang J Parak

ACS NANO | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2012


Colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) have become versatile building blocks in a wide variety of fields. Here, we discuss the state-of-the-art, current hot topics, and future directions based on the following aspects: narrow size-distribution NPs can exhibit protein-like properties; monodispersity of NPs is not always required; assembled NPs can exhibit collective behavior; NPs can be assembled one by one; there is more to be connected with NPs; NPs can be designed to be smart; surface-modified NPs can directly reach the cytosols of living cells.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by DFG

Awarded by Division Of Chemistry

Funding Acknowledgements

This article was inspired by reports at the NANAX5 conference held in Fuengirola, Spain, May 7-11, 2012. Parts of this work were funded by DFG PA 794/11-1 (to W.J.P.), ERC-Starting Grant Nanopuzzle and ARAID (to J.M.F.), and ERC-Advanced Grant PLASMAQUO (to L.M.L.M.). ERC Advanced Investigator grant HYMEM (J.F.) is acknowledged