Making Nanoscale Submarines Useful
Industry Insight Jun 15, 2016
Following the discovery of nanoscale submarine, scientists have made further development on it to make it better fit the research condition in labs. Being florescent traceable is one of the prominent advances in the new round of optimization.
The nano vehicle was developed by chemist from Rice University in 2015. Each nanosubmarine is a single-atom molecule, powered by a motor that makes use of the ultraviolet light as energy source, and the motor is equipped with a propeller, functioning together, the Nanosubmarine can move at a relatively fast speed in solutions. As the motor can spin at a pace of one million per second, Nanosubmarine can move at about 18 nanometers per second.
By taking advantages of ultraviolet light, the nano molecule won’t produce any toxic chemicals as previously developed nano machines did, which widens its usage in both chemistry and biology researches, even in practical applications.
With one limitation that the activities of nano-vehicle couldn’t be observed well, the new tech was not employed so commonly in labs. The new development was aimed to address the issue, and provide image information for its function route in solutions. Then Fluoresce was taken into consideration as it’s widely taken advantage of in protein studies in the form of fluorescent labeling of proteins
Labeled with fluoresce, the nanosubmarine now can be watched under one-molecule microscopes for one and a half seconds, which can be extended into a 30 frames length video, enough for a thoroughly observation.
The most potential use for the nano scale vehicle should be drug deliver and the research team will go on with their studies to probe about its ability in communicating with cells. However, the Nanosubmarine still can’t be steered at present, but with the enhanced diffusion, chemists are able to move them out in the solutions consist of similar molecules in size.
With fluorescent labeling, the nanotech can be directly tracked in the form of images, which is just one case of the application of the labeling tech. For professionals in the field, they won’t be unfamiliar with the method as they are frequently applied in protein tracking. The tech will be more mature with the related tech is still getting optimized.
BOC Sciences is a professional chemistry services provider. Fluorescent labeling of proteins is newly launched at the company with its increasing needs by researches. In total, five types of fluorescent labeling are available, including Enzymatic labeling, Chemical labeling, Genetic labeling, Protein labeling, Quantum dot labeling.