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“Nanosprings” Offer Improved Performance in Biomedicine, Electronics

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have reported the successful loading of biological molecules onto “nanosprings”

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The OSU researchers found a way to attach enzymes to silicon dioxide nanosprings in a way that they will function as a biological catalyst to facilitate other chemical reactions. The findings may open the door to important new nanotech applications in production of pharmaceuticals, biological sensors, biomedicine or other areas. “ are a little like a miniature version of an old-fashioned, curled-up phone cord,” said Christine Kelly, an associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at OSU. “They make a great support on which to place reactive catalysts, and there are a variety of potential applications.”

The work was done in collaboration with the University of Idaho Department of Physics and GoNano Technologies of Moscow, Idaho, a commercial producer of nanosprings. The research was also facilitated by the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a collaboration of OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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