- A market outlook for nanoparticles in the life science sector
- Analysis of issues related to colloidal stabilization, and discussion on current and emerging strategies to improve it
- Description of nanoparticles applications in life science such as drug and gene targeting, intracellular sensors, microfluidic devices, and biological labelling
- Information on types of colloidal dispersions for life science e.g., metal, polymer, ceramic, composite, quantum dots, and nanospheres
- An overview of existing methods for preparing colloidal dispersions in life sciences
Table of Contents
- Applications of Nanostructures and Colloids in Life Science
- Nanostructured Materials for Life Science
- Colloidal Stability
- Existing Methods for Preparing Stable Colloidal Dispersions
- Strategies to Improve Colloidal Stabilization in Life Science
- Dispersions of Metallic Nanostructures
- Dispersions of Ceramic and Glass Nanostructures
- Dispersions of Polymeric Nanostructures
- Market Outlook for Nanostructures in the Life Science Sector
Table 2: Conventional Methods for Colloidal Stabilization
Table 3: Strategies for Colloidal Stabilization in Life Science
Table 4: Global Market for Nanostructures in Life Science, by Application, Through 2024
Table 5: Global Market for Nanostructures in Life Science, by Region/Country, Through 2024
Figure 2: Global Market Share for Nanostructures in Life Science, by Region/Country, 2024
Colloids, or colloidal dispersions, are substances composed of submicron particles (i.e., particles with dimensions between 1 nm and 1,000 nm), including nanoparticles (i.e., particles below 100 nm), dispersed in a continuous medium.
The medium and the dispersed phase can be either gas, liquid or solid. Depending on the physical state of the two phases, colloidal dispersions are classified as follows -
- Foams, consisting of a gas dispersed in a liquid or a solid.
- Aerosols, formed by a liquid dispersed in a gas.
- Emulsions, made from a liquid dispersed in another liquid.
- Gels, formed by a liquid dispersed in a solid.
- Solid aerosols, consisting of a solid dispersed in a gas.
- Suspensions or sols, made from a solid dispersed in a liquid.
- Solid sols or solid suspensions, consisting of a solid dispersed in another solid.
Colloidal dispersions are biphasic systems and must not be confused with solutions, which, instead, are monophasic.