Considered futuristic a just a few years ago, nanotechnology – where scientists utilize nano-sized objects measuring less than 1/100,000 the width of a human hair – today is showing great promise in areas such as medicine, materials science and defense technology.
The Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute is a world-leader in nanotechnology research having made seminal discoveries in the field.
Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology
Nanopackaged Chemotherapy for Pediatric Cancer: A new system for the transport of anti-cancer drugs slowed pediatric tumor growth in mice and prolonged life expectancy by 42%. Developed at the Technion, in collaboration with researchers in Barcelona, the system uses nanoscale packaging to deliver chemotherapy directly to cancer cells, reducing its exposure to healthy organs.
Helping Nanoscale Robots Swim Better: First they developed tiny robots that could move through a liquid environment. Now, an interdisciplinary team of Technion researchers has completed a study analyzing the optimal configuration for these nanoscale robots to swim, or travel through the human body.
Nanotech for Plant Nutrition: Repurposing nanotechnology that was used to fight cancer, Technion scientists are developing a technology for delivering nutrients to sickly plants that could result in increased agricultural yields.