Digital microfluidics and delivery of molecular payloads with magnetic porous silicon chaperonesMichael J. Sailor (UC San Diego) DMR 0452579 Magnetic porous Si ”Smart Dust" particles in a vial. The particles are prepared by electrochemical etch of a silicon wafer. Infused with magnetite nanoparticles, the particles can be manipulated by application of a magnetic field and imaged with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). The particles shown in the image are each roughly the size of a human hair, and they can be used in applications in microfluidics, environmental sensing, biosensing, drug delivery, or high-throughput screening for new drugs or genetic markers for disease. Dorvee, J. R.; Sailor, M. J.; Miskelly, G. M. Dalton Trans.2008, 721 - 730.
Graduate Student Sara Alvarez Speaks at Del Rio Elementary SchoolMichael J. Sailor (UC San Diego) DMR 0452579 Graduate student Sara Alvarez presents her work on the biocompatibility of nanomaterials at Career Day at Del Rio Elementary School in Oceanside, CA. After the event, Sara commented: "I have some cute thank you notes…No kidding, even after meeting helicopter pilots from the Marines, I was still the favorite speaker for some of the kids. So cool!"