The role of nuclear sensors and positrons for engineering nano and microtechnologies

Suzanne V. Smith

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A sustainable nano-manufacturing future relies on optimisation of the design and synthetic approach, detailed understanding of structure/properties relationships and the ability to measure a products impact in the environment. This article outlines how bench-top PALS and nuclear techniques can be used in the routine analysis of a wide range of nanomaterials. Traditionally used in the semiconductor industry, PALS has proven to be useful not only in measuring porosity in polymeric materials but also in the monitoring of milling processes used to produce natural fibre powders. Nuclear sensors (radiotracers), designed to probe charge, size and hydrophilicity of nanomaterials, are used to evaluate the connectivity (availability) of these pores for interaction with media. Together they provide valuable information on structure/properties relationship of nanomaterials and insight into how the design of a material can be optimised. Furthermore, the highly sensitive nuclear sensors can be adapted for monitoring the impact of nanomaterials in vivo and the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012055
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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