By working in collaborations, nanotechnology will make you understand that how it is related to other fields.
Students often ask for advice that how to study for a career in nanotechnology. “Nanotechnology” refers to a notoriously broad range of areas of science and technology, and progress during a student’s career will open new areas, and some are yet to be imagined. Choices within this complex and changing field should reflect a student’s areas of interest and ability, current background, level of ambition, and willingness to to accept risk — there is a trade-off between pioneering new directions and seeking a secure career path.
While working on the synthesis of microbubbles to be used as multimodal contrast agent, Elizabeth Huynh discovered that nanoparticles formed by the destruction of her porphyrin particles of micrometre size by ultrasound would retain some of properties of the larger structures. Porphyrins are aromatic, organic, light-absorbing molecules that occur abundantly in nature, especially in the form of molecular self-assemblies. In 2011, we first discovered ‘porphysomes’, the self-assembled porphyrin-lipid nanoparticles with intrinsic multimodal photonic properties.