Oregon State University engineers have come up with a way to speed the production rate of nanoparticles by 500 times. What does this mean for nanotechnology? For starters, this advance could make nanotechnology products more commercially practical.
In addition to an arrayed microchannel reactor, the engineers used a laminated architecture made up of parallel stacked sheets filled with thousands of microchannels. The parallel arrangement helps to provide control of the processes involved. The research, recently published in Nanotechnology, has potential applications in medical imaging and electronics. —Lawrence Lloyd