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Findings from Howard University in the Area of Nanomaterials Reported (Techniques for physicochemical characterization of nanomaterials)

August 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- A new study on Nanomaterials is now available. According to news reporting originating from Washington, District of Columbia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Advances in nanotechnology have opened up a new era of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and traumatic injuries. Nanomaterials, including those with potential for clinical applications, possess novel physicochemical properties that have an impact on their physiological interactions, from the molecular level to the systemic level."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Howard University, "There is a lack of standardized methodologies or regulatory protocols for detection or characterization of nanomaterials. This review summarizes the techniques that are commonly used to study the size, shape, surface properties, composition, purity and stability of nanomaterials, along with their advantages and disadvantages. At present there are no FDA guidelines that have been developed specifically for nanomaterial based formulations for diagnostic or therapeutic use."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "There is an urgent need for standardized protocols and procedures for the characterization of nanoparticles, especially those that are intended for use as theranostics."

For more information on this research see: Techniques for physicochemical characterization of nanomaterials. Biotechnology Advances, 2014;32(4):711-726. Biotechnology Advances can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Biotechnology Advances -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P.C. Lin, Howard University, Dept. of Radiat Oncol, Washington, DC 20060, United States. Additional authors for this research include S. Lin, P.C. Wang and R. Sridhar (see also Nanomaterials).

Keywords for this news article include: Washington, United States, Nanotechnology, District of Columbia, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America

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