Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Mauritius, 11-13 July, 2011.
Recent years see intensive interests in the synthesis and
application of nanomaterials in different fields extending from
energy to biomedicine sectors. Many biomedical applications
involve delivering bio-modified nanoparticles to malignant
cells and rapidly heating nanoparticles with an external source
such as laser, ultrasound or an electromagnetic wave to produce
a therapeutic effect or to release drugs. The interaction of
nanoparticles with the external source and subsequent heating
effect is fundamental for the successful deployment of these
novel techniques. This study proposes a systematic study of
remote-controlled nanoparticle heating for medical applications.
Initial theoretical and experimental studies are conducted to reveal
the potentials of this exciting field. The combination of gold
nanoparticles with ultrasound irradiation or electromagnetic wave
at radiofrequency spectrum has been shown to be a promising
strategy for targeted medical applications.