SBIR Phase I: Commercial Scale Production of High Quality and Affordable Fe3O4 Nanocrystals for Nano-Biomedicine

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0512461
Agency Tracking Number: 0512461
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 04-604
Small Business Information
700 Research Center Boulevard, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yongcheng Liu
 (479) 575-3481
Business Contact
 Yongcheng Liu
Title: Dr
Phone: (479) 575-3481
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project intends to develop commercial scale production protocols for high quality, highly stable, biocompatible, bio-accessible, and yet affordable magnetic Fe3O4 nanocrystals. Current state-of-the-art methodology used to make Fe3O4 nanocrystals has many deficiencies including poor size control, broad size distribution of nanocrystals and difficult/ complicated surface modification. These challenging issues have substantially hindered the full exploitation of this class of very promising nanomaterials for biomedical applications, such as magnetic separation, cell and other types of biolabeling, drug delivery, curing medicine, magnetic resonance imagine (MRI) enhancing reagents, etc. Success of this research effort will greatly accelerate the commercialization efforts in the field by providing a reliable, high quality, bio-ready, and yet affordable materials base material. The biomedical applications related to magnetic nanocrystals encompasses many different aspects of the medical field, ranging from diagnostics, detection, therapy, separation, and pollution control.

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