Fluorescent silica nanobeads that are widely used by the NANoREG project have now been made available by NIA Member HiQ-Nano. The nanoparticles were initially provided by the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).
The highly bright fluorescent nanobeads provided to the NANoREG project enable, according to the company, superior imaging; they are also biocompatible, come in different sizes and colours, and are stable in aqueous solutions and biological media. More specifically, they are:
- Tunable size from 25 to 250 nm, with high degree of size and shape monodispersion
- Available with blue, green, yellow and red fluorescence emission
- Highly bright and photostable thanks to the exclusive synthetic route
- Tunable surface chemistry (e.g., carboxylic, amino, sulphonic acid groups)
- Biocompatible material; they have been tested both in vitro and in vivo
- Suitable for super-resolution fluorescence microscopy (STED)
- Accurately characterized (each batch is characterized through TEM, SEM, DLS, Zeta-Potential and spectroscopy)
- Guaranteed sterile
- Available in water or as dried powder
- Available endotoxin-free
HiQ-Nano is involved in the ‘design, synthesis and characterization of high-quality nanoparticles for research and industrially-oriented applications’. Their products include gold, silver and silica nanoparticles, fluorescent nanobeads, and custom nanomaterial creation. The company is now looking to aid other businesses with its products.