2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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Novel nanostructures for brain stroke repair:towards the development of nanoscaled bypass

M. Leon, E. Ferrer, L. Gonzalez, R. Irizarry, M. Castro
Chemical Imaging Center, US

silver nanotubes, nanoscaled brain stroke bypass, 1 dimensional nanotubes, in situ growth

Inefficient blood supply to the brain results in inadequate supply of oxygen and a nutrient to brain cells. Damage to brain cells can result in brain strokes. Clinical profiles of people that have suffered brain strokes include speech, walking and thinking problems. With the purpose of contributing to the development of nanotechnologies that can improve quality of life in patients that have experienced brain strokes, we have worked in the development of wet chemical approaches to the synthesis of one dimensional hollow nano structures. The structures can be grown in situ, allowing for delicate by pass of damaged cell regions in the brain, an important asset over other carbon based nanotechnologies. The hollow compartments are promising for mass transport of important fluids while electrical conductivity levels may be high enough to allow for repair damaged synaptic sites. We will present results in the physical characterization of these structures using a battery of analytical techniques and discuss their potential impact in biotechnology.

Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract