DNA-Linked Nanoparticle Building Blocks for Nanostructure Assembly and Applications of the Same


The ability to produce specific arrangements of nanoscale matter to suit a specific application is an important goal of nanotechnology. New material properties may result from materials that result from the intentional design of their nanoscale structure. Researchers have recently developed a method of programming the assembly of nanoparticles using the self-assembly properties of DNA. Nanoparticles of different materials can be functionalized to accept DNA molecules at specific locations and with specific angles of attachment. The new method of programming the assembly of nanoparticles shows the possibility of creating various three dimensional shapes of nanoparticles, thus creating a "nano-toolbox" of shapes that can then be used to make larger objects for particular applications. The new method of assembly of nanoparticles by means of DNA ligands is patent pending.

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Patent Information:
App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date
Provisional United States 61/564,949 11/30/2011    
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