Due to its physical approach, laser ablation in liquids is generally different from chemical syntheses. Avoiding chemical precursors is useful for nanotechnology, as high purity is often required - for example in biological or medical applications or when a polymer is to be filled with nanoparticles without impurifying the matrix.
Nanoparticles from Particular offer the following advantages:
- high purity of the colloids without left over precursors or byproducts,
- long durability due to electrostatic and optionally sterical stabilization,
- organic solvents as possible direct dispersants without medium transfer.
Examples of unique applications enabled by Particular's method:
- adsorption of catalytic nanoparticles to microparticle supports with nanoparticle loads up to 10 wt-% and more,
- gold nanomarkers that are lasting and biocompatible (instead of bleaching fluorophores or toxic quantum dots),
- nano-coatings from the same material as the workpiece to avoid additional material qualifications during product approvals,
- volume embedding of metal nanoparticles in polymers for longer effectiveness than that of coatings (ion release capacities up to several years),
- nanoparticle mixtures for coatings and volume embedding with adjustable function combinations.