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Novel Eco-friendly Cell Factory for the Production of Tellurium Nanorods

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The nanotechnology market represents a flourishing and highly diverse market, with applications ranging from nanomedicine (wound care and antimicrobial coatings), to nanomaterials, including the development of solar panels and electronics. Despite the variety of applications, nanotechnology faces several hurdles before becoming a viable and practical option for research and integration into marketable solutions. These hurdles include high production costs for nano-products, and the harsh chemicals used in nanotechnology synthesis.

Description of Technology

Researchers at the University of Calgary have developed a new method to biologically synthesize tellurium (Te) nanoparticles using Rhodococcus aetheivorans. This new cell factory provides a cost effective, environmentally friendly, and low toxicity option for the purification and synthesis of Te-nanostructures. This method also provides consistently sized shaped nanoparticles, accompanied by the production of a natural aggregation deterring surfactant.

Tellurium nanorods offer a new alternative to technologies such as the silver nanoparticles used in wound care and anti-microbial coatings, an important alternative given recent evidence of bacterial resistance to current silver anti-microbial compounds. Furthermore, tellurium nanorods have the potential for use in the development of novel nanoelectronic, optoelectronic, electrochemical, and electromechanical devices.

Areas of Application
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanomaterials
  • Possible remediation applications
IP Status
  • Patent Pending
Competitive Advantages
  • Green synthesis; avoid potential toxicity and harsh chemicals
  • Natural surfactant prodution accompanies nanorod production
  • Consistent size and shape of nanotechnology products produced
Stage Of Development
  • Bacteria tested in multiple growth conditions
  • Product feasibility established
  • Investigating new applications for this technology and alternative nanotechnology synthesis materials