Certain properties at the nanoscale allow researchers to exploit materials for new targeted cancer therapies.
Scientists in nanotechnology bridge the gap between disciplines to try and solve research problems.
The size of a material (like gold) determines its properties and its interaction with light.
Gold nanoshells can be fabricated to absorb infrared light and produce heat.
The size of the nanoshell enables it to enter the tumor site.
Development of this product was also supported by the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and University of New Hampshire (EEC-0425826), with support from the National Science Foundation. Packaging and dissemination of this product for the NISE Network was supported by the National Science Foundation with funding from award ESI-0532536. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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