Nanoparticles for imaging and sensing in biology

This is the title of a 3x1H45 course which I will give early September at the European School On Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (ESONN) in Grenoble. The focus is on inorganic nanoparticles, e.g. gold, silver, iron oxide, quantum dots for biological applications. It will be the third year I give this course. It is a small class format with 21 students coming from all over the world, from New Zealand to South Africa, Denmark, Italy, India and France.

I have opted for a mostly discussion-based format centered around selected publications. I am asking readers of this blog (optional but very much welcome!) as well as students registered for the track B of ESONN15 (mandatory) to suggest at least one article for discussion. To suggest a paper, simply add a comment to this post with a reference (link to the paper would be even better).

Papers can be selected because they are historic landmarks in the field; or because they are recent ground breaking discoveries; or because they raise important questions that we need to discuss to move forward. Please provide one or two lines of justification for why you think we should discuss this paper.

Over to you!



  1. If you could discuss any latest paper of Prof. Paul Alivisatos of the University of California (UC) Berkeley, maybe this “Three-dimensional structural dynamics and fluctuations of DNA-nanogold conjugates by individual-particle electron tomography”

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    1. Thanks “Someone”. This is an editorial introducing a special issue. It is 7 years old; maybe we can use it to discuss how the field has moved since then?


  2. Oxidized Mesoporous Silicon Microparticles for Improved Oral Delivery of Poorly Soluble Drugs

    Feng Wang†, He Hui‡, Timothy J. Barnes†, Christian Barnett§ and Clive A. Prestidge†

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  3. Marino, Attilio, et al. “Piezoelectric nanoparticle-assisted wireless neuronal stimulation.” ACS nano 9.7 (2015): 7678-7689.

    Hi everybody! I suggest this paper, although it is not on imaging and sensing, because it is an original way to think at nanoparticles for stimulation of biological components and could be interest to know.

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  4. Hi,

    Here is the reference of a paper which could be interesting:
    Rastogi, S.K.; Hendricks, V.J.; Branen, J.R.; Branen, A.L. Magnetic bead and fluorescent silica
    nanoparticles based optical immunodetection of staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) in bottled
    water. Sens. Transducers J. 2009, 7, 191–202.

    In a genreal way, I would like to learn more about silica nanoparticles and molecular recognition.

    Thanks you


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  5. Shweta, by email to me:”I am a biologist and I am hoping that I will able to learn many things during this lecture. Basically I work on the development of polymeric nano-particles and use them for targeting tumors. I have worked on the delivery of fluorescent molecules using these nanoparticles and have studied their bio-distribution using in vivo imaging system (IVIS). I would be happy if you could spare some time in lecture to discuss about this as well.”


  6. Vidhi, via email: “Sorry for the delay in the reply but I was not getting what shall I send you. I am working on nanoparticles but it is more on the morphology and self assembly aspects. I would like to know if such type of morphological changes has impact on drug uptake and targeting.”

    Micelle assisted morphological evolution of silver nanoparticles

    Controlling the Self-Assembly Structure of Magnetic Nanoparticles and Amphiphilic Block-Copolymers: From Micelles to Vesicles

    Interactions Between Giant Unilamellar Vesicles and Charged Core-Shell Magnetic Nanoparticles


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