By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Investigators publish new report on Zinc Compounds. According to news reporting originating from Madison, Wisconsin, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Nanotechnology has witnessed tremendous advancement over the last several decades. Zinc oxide (ZnO), which can exhibit a wide variety of nanostructures, possesses unique semiconducting, optical, and piezoelectric properties hence has been investigated for a wide variety of applications."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Wisconsin, "The most important features of ZnO nanomaterials are low toxicity and biodegradability. Zn2+ is an indispensable trace element for adults (similar to 10 mg of Zn2+ per day is recommended) and it is involved in various aspects of metabolism. Chemically, the surface of ZnO is rich in -OH groups, which can be readily functionalized by various surface decorating molecules. In this review article, we summarized the current status of the use of ZnO nanomaterials for biomedical applications, such as biomedical imaging (which includes fluorescence, magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography, as well as dual-modality imaging), drug delivery, gene delivery, and biosensing of a wide array of molecules of interest."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Research in biomedical applications of ZnO nanomaterials will continue to flourish over the next decade, and much research effort will be needed to develop biocompatible/biodegradable ZnO nanoplatforms for potential clinical translation."
For more information on this research see: Biomedical Applications of Zinc Oxide Nanomaterials. Current Molecular Medicine, 2013;13(10):1633-1645. Current Molecular Medicine can be contacted at: Bentham Science Publ Ltd, Executive Ste Y-2, PO Box 7917, Saif Zone, 1200 Br Sharjah, U Arab Emirates. (Bentham Science Publishers - www.benthamscience.com; Current Molecular Medicine - www.benthamscience.com/cmm/index.htm)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y. Zhang, University of Wisconsin, Carbone Canc Center, Madison, WI 53705, United States. Additional authors for this research include T.R. Nayak, H. Hong and W. Cai (see also Zinc Compounds).
Keywords for this news article include: Madison, Wisconsin, Chemicals, Chemistry, Zinc Oxide, United States, Zinc Compounds, North and Central America
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