Prize-Winning Nano Art

Prize-Winning Nano Art (Enlarge)

 

Illuminating a novel imaging technique, this eye-catching nano objet d’art zooms in on tiny cell-like bubbles called liposomes which encase gold nanoparticles attached to fluorescent materials. Liposomes are often used today to “transport” drugs which target cancer cells within the body.

 

The first-place winner in the 2017 Nano Art Competition held at the Bar-Ilan Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), this nano picture was captured using Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) by Eran Barnoy, a PhD candidate in the Nano-Photonics and Fluorescent Microscopy Lab headed by Prof. Dror Fixler, of BIU’s Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering and the director of BINA. The lab is working to create a smart system that will react to environmental changes and will be able to detect abnormalities and ultimately diagnose diseases.