Current R&D/S&T Activities
Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary branch that is applied as
a tool for several technological advancements. Nanoparticles are defined as
those materials that are in the size range of 1 nm to 100 nm and are invisible
to naked eye. The properties of nanoparticles are different from the bulk of
the same material due to the change in their size/shape/surface area/surface
charge etc. Many factors govern the nanoparticle potential for their use in
technology or health related sectors.
In our laboratory, the core research is based on developing
nanoparticles with defined sizes and shapes and further evaluating their safety
on cancer cell lines in order to determine their safety and possible potential
of these nanomaterials for consumer use. Broad approach of the research work in
the lab constitutes the following:
1. Synthesis 2.
Characterization 3. In Vitro toxicity studies 4. Bioconjugation
of affinity molecules to nanoparticles 5. In Vivo animal studies for
biodistribution of the synthesized nanoparticles 6. Cell-Nanoparticle
interactions 7. Novel synthetic approaches of nanomaterials for health
Currently we synthesize noble metal (Gold/Silver/Platinum/Palladium/Copper/iridium)
nanoparticles and further study their in vitro toxicity on several
cancer cell lines.