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It’s a Small World After All

March 16, 2012

There are scientists dedicated to the study of a world so small that not only is it not visible to the naked eye–they need high-powered microscopes to see it. At Mason, scientists from across the disciplines are looking to nanotechnology for solutions to health problems as well as engineering ones. In this issue of Mason Research, we look at a few of them.

A Magnetic Attraction to Nanoparticles

Mason biochemist Barney Bishop is looking to the use of bio-inspired nanotechnologies to find new ways to treat bacterial infections, some of which are drug resistant.

Exploiting the Properties of Very Small Objects

Mason computational physicist Estela Blaisten-Barojas is conducting big research on a small object, creating a way to classify zeolite minerals, which are used as catalysts in industry.

Engineering a Way to Treat Neurological Disorders

Mason researchers Joseph Pancrazio and Nathalia Peixoto are studying carbon nanotubes with the hope of improving the treatment of neurological disorders.

Using Nanotechnology to Increase Battery Life

Mason electrical engineer Qiliang Li is focusing his research on nanowire technology as the basis for next-generation computer memory because it may be able to store information faster with less energy.

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