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Research Highlights

The Nano Research Facility (NRF) community is engaged in exciting research at local, national, and international levels. Following are examples of recent partnerships.

 

St. Louis, Missouri

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America. Pulse Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company, teamed with the Nano Research Facility to develop an emergency room technology to improve stroke outcomes in patients. This technology mechanically amplifies the effects of clot-busting drugs in the treatment of stroke using an external magnetic field coupled to magnetic nanoparticles at the site of the clot.

 

Peoria, Illinois

Professor Dean J. Campbell of Bradley University’s Department of Chemistry worked with the Nano Research Facility on projects involving combined polymer–nanoparticle structures. Professor Campbell is leading educational efforts in nanoscience by making nanochemistry experiments accessible to undergraduate and high school chemistry students. Safe, fun experiments combine polymer chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis to make colorful window clings.

 

Jodhpur, India

Visiting scholars from the Central Arid Zone Research Institute in Jodhpur, India, spent one month in St. Louis conducting studies at the Nano Research Facility. They researched increasing the energy supply to plants by trapping solar energy within leaves using nanoparticles. Aerosol application methods were used to transfer nanoparticles to leaves, and results indicated that nanoparticles can be spontaneously transported from the leaves to the stem and root of the plant. This approach could help break existing barriers in solar energy utilization by plants (which is now only 1%), thereby reducing dependence on fertilizers and promoting organic farming for higher yield and better moisture retention in the soil.