Biological Path of Nanoparticle Synthesis


Ichiro Yamashita Graduate School of Material Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)

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Nanotechnology includes a very wide range of research fields, ranging from biology to semiconductor engineering. This emerging technology has the potential to answer many difficult, so far unsolved problems by means of nanometric approaches. There are many materials being used in nanotechnology, but it is not an exaggeration to say that NPs are the fundamental component of nanotechnology. Various NPs are used or expected to be used in many applications such as magnetic recording materials, catalytic materials, fluorescent markers, drug delivery systems, and quantum electronics. Especially, conductive or semiconductor NPs are anticipated to be good quantum electronics device components. They are also used to make the nanostructures using bottom-up technology.