Thursday, August 18, 2011

US Patent 7999025 - Asymmetrically-functionalized nanoparticles organized on 1D chain

This patent from the University of Utah Research Foundation teaches the integration of metal nanoparticles into polymer 1D chains for applications in suntan lotion, cosmetics, protective coatings, drug delivery, and stain resistant clothing. Claim 1 reads:

1. A one-dimensional nanoparticle chain comprising:

a) a linear polymer having pendant groups; and

b) asymmetrically functionalized nanoparticles attached to the polymer through the pendant groups.