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Study Results from University of Pretoria Broaden Understanding of Nanoparticles

June 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Current study results on Nanoparticles have been published. According to news originating from Pretoria, South Africa, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Functionalized carbon nanoparticles (or blacks) have promise as novel active high-surface-area electrode materials, as conduits for electrons to enzymes or connections through lipid films, or as nano-building blocks in electroanalysis."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Pretoria, "With previous applications of bare nanoblacks and composites mainly in electrochemical charge storage and as substrates in fuel cell devices, the full range of benefits of bare and functionalized carbon nanoparticles in assemblies and composite (bio)electrodes is still emerging. Carbon nanoparticles are readily surface-modified, functionalized, embedded, or assembled into nanostructures, employed in bioelectrochemical systems, and incorporated into novel electrochemical sensing devices."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This focus review summarizes aspects of a rapidly growing field and some of the recent developments in carbon nanoparticle functionalization with potential applications in (bio)electrochemical, photoelectrochemical, and electroanalytical processes."

For more information on this research see: Functionalized Carbon Nanoparticles, Blacks and Soots as Electron- Transfer Building Blocks and Conduits. Chemistry-An Asian Journal, 2014;9(5):1226-1241. Chemistry-An Asian Journal can be contacted at: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh, Boschstrasse 12, D-69469 Weinheim, Germany (see also Nanoparticles).

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from K. Lawrence, University of Pretoria, Dept. of Chem, ZA-0002 Pretoria, South Africa. Additional authors for this research include C.L. Baker, T.D. James, S.D. Bull, R. Lawrence, J.M. Mitchels, M. Opallo, O.A. Arotiba, K.I. Ozoemena and F. Marken.

Keywords for this news article include: Pretoria, Chemistry, South Africa, Nanotechnology, Electrochemical, Carbon Nanoparticles, Emerging Technologies

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