Bucky bottle, MRI compression, healthy nanotech

  • Bucky bottle – Making a suitable hole in the fullerene cage and then attaching a molecular stopper gives us what might be flippantly termed a "bucky bottle". There are many possible applications for such an entity, according to researchers writing in Angewandte Chemie recently. For example, a stoppered molecule of this kind might be used to carry a radioactive payload, such as tritiated water in radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic or therapeutic studies.
  • Compressed MRI for LoC apps – Remote instrumentation and image compression allowed US chemists to utilise NMR/MRI to image materials flowing through a "lab-on-a-chip" device and to zoom in on microscopic objects of particular interest with unprecedented spatial and time resolution.
  • Nanoparticles for health and disease – A new imaging system based on near-infrared fluorescent nanoparticles can provide a real-time understanding of how such tiny particles get into the airspaces within the lungs. The description of the inhalation of such experimental particles could be used to help medical researchers develop therapeutic agents for treating pulmonary disease, as well as offering a greater understanding of the health effects of air pollution.