In the coming decades, nanoscience and nanotechnology will undoubtedly become the driving force for a new set of products, systems, and applications.
Nanotechnology and nanomaterials, in general, have become prominent areas of academic research.
The ability to engineer at the nano scale is critical to the advancement of the physical and medical sciences.
The program is strongly research-oriented and is largely based on the research of centers like i.m.e.c.
(Interuniversity Microelectronics Center), the Leuven Nanocenter and INPAC (Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry) at the Faculty of Science, all global research leaders in nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering.
The implementation of novel nanodevices is of paramount importance to the advancement of drug delivery, molecular detection, and cellular manipulation.
The work presented in this thesis focuses on the development of nanotechnology for applications in neuroscience.
(2) The exploration of cell-penetrating peptides as a delivery mechanism for nanoparticles to cells of the nervous system.
We investigated the application of polyarginine sequences to rat primary cortical astrocytes in order to assess their efficacy in a terminally differentiated neural cell line.
(3) The development of a cheap, biocompatible alternative to quantum dots for nanosensor and imaging applications.
We utilized a positively charged co-matrix to promote the encapsulation of free sulforhodamine B in silica nanoparticles, a departure from conventional reactive dye coupling to silica matrices.