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“Le savant n'étudie pas la nature parce que cela est utile,

il l'étudie parce qu'il y prend plaisir

et il y prend plaisir parce qu'elle est belle.

Si la nature n'était pas belle,

elle ne vaudrait pas la peine d’être connue,

la vie ne vaudrait pas la peine d’être vécue.”

Henri Poincaré


Red Daisy, Nguyen T. K. Thanh, 2001

This image was captured using Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) at 8000 times magnification during the work on the immuno-aggregation assay based on protein coated gold nanoparticles. The whole flower containing few tens of billion of gold nanoparticles aggregated due to specific interaction between protein A and anti-protein A (Nguyen T. K. Thanh and Zeev Rosenzweig, Anal Chem, 2002, 74, 1624). The paper was cited 384 times so far. .

Thanh is very pleased that the image will be used for flyer/website for the Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Discussion 175 "Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles" 17-19 September 2014 in Bristol, UK.


Beautiful heart, Nguyen T. K. Thanh, 2004

Cobalt nanoparticles self-assembled naturally to form many beautiful images. This image of 100 000 times magnification of 10 nm cobalt nanoparticles self-assembled was taken during my research of designing and fabrication of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

It was a runner up in a "Small is Beautiful" image competition organised by Micro and Nanotechnology Network UK. It was exhibited in London in Dec 2005.

It is permanently displayed at Image Exhibitions at Physics and Astronomy Department, UCL.

It appeared on the official flyer for Nanoparticles 2009 conference, and is in the front cover of the Conference Proceedings.

It appeared on Front Cover of Nanoparticles theme issue published by the Royal Society Philosophical Transaction A in 2010 to celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Society.

It was also the symbol image of 2010 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition "Nanoscale science: a giant leap for mankind".


Magnetic heart, Nguyen T. K. Thanh, 2004

This image is on front cover of the book MAGNETIC NANOPARTICLES: From Fabrication to Clinical Applications, Edited by Nguyen T. K. Thanh, CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, 2012

X. Meng, H. Seton, L.T. Lu, I. Prior, N. T. K. Thanh*, B. Song (2011) Tracking transplanted neural progenitor cells in spinal cord slices by MRI using CoPt nanoparticles as a contrast agent. Nanoscale, 3: 977-984. FRONT COVER.

L. T. Lu, N. T. Dung, L. D. Tung, C. T. Thanh, O. K. Quy, N. V. Chuc and N. T. K. Thanh* (2015) Synthesis of magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with controlled morphology, monodispersity and composition: the influence of solvent, surfactant, reductant and synthetic condition. Nanoscale. 7: 19596-1961. Gold Open Access. FRONT COVER.

Hervault, A., Lim, M., Boyer, C., Dunn, A., Mott, D. M., Maenosono S. and Thanh, N. T. K., * (2016) Doxorubicin loaded dual pH- and thermo-responsive magnetic nanocarrier for combined magnetic hyperthermia and targeted controlled drug delivery applications. Nanoscale. 8: 12152-12161. Gold Open Access. COVER PAGE.

R. M. Pallares, X. Su, S. H. Lim, N. T. K Thanh* (2016) Fine-Tuning Gold Nanorods Dimensions and Plasmonic Properties Using the Hofmeister Salt Effects. Journal of Material Chemistry C. 4: 53-61. Gold Open access. FRONT COVER

R. M. Pallares, M. Bosman, N. T. K. Thanh*, and X. Su (2016) Plasmonic multi-logic gate platform based on sequence-specific binding of estrogen receptors and gold nanorods. Nanoscale Scale. DOI: 10.1039/c6nr07569j. FRONT COVER

Lu, T. T., Dung, N. T., Nam, P. H., Tung, L. D., Phuc, N. X., Thanh, N. T. K.* (2017) High water-dispersible, magnetisation and monodisperse CoFe@Pt core/shell nanoparticle. Nanoscale. 9: 8893–9248.Gold Open Acess. FRONT COVER.


 Pallares, R.M., Sutarlie, L., Thanh, N.T.K.* and Xiaodi Su (2018) Tunable plasmonic colourimetric assay with inverse sensitivity for extracellular DNA detection. Chemical Communications, 54: 11260 – 11263. Gold Open Access. FRONT COVER.

 Baber, R., Besenhard, M.O., LaGrow, A.P., Mazzei, L., Thanh, N. T. K* and Gavriilidis, A. (2018) Effects of Mass Transfer on Nanoparticle Syntheses: A Case Study for Silver and Gold. CrysEngComm. DOI: 10.1039/C8CE01014E. INSIDE FRONT COVER