Volume 95 Issue 12 | p. 9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 20, 2017

Zapping nanoparticles into nail polish

Laser ablation method makes cosmetic and biomedical coatings in a flash
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: nanomaterials, laser ablation, nail polish, nanoparticles

Marcus Lau found inspiration lodged somewhere in the 50-odd bottles of nail polish in his fiancé’s bathroom drawers. “I soon realized that one thing was always missing: a real gold-containing polish,” he says, now happily married. It occurred to Lau that he could use the laser in the lab at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he is a postdoc, to create a cosmetic out of gold nanoparticles. Working with his mentor Stephan . . .

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