Art vs Science

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×742.jpg 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 over 600 times so far.

Thanh was 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. Gold Open AccessFRONT COVER.

L. T. Lu, N. T. Dung, L. D. Tung, C. T. Thanh, O. K. Quy, N. V. Chuc, S. Maenosono 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. Nanoscale7: 19596-1961. Gold Open AccessFRONT 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 C4: 53-61. Gold Open AccessFRONT 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. 48: 19919-20126. Gold Open AccessFRONT 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 AcessFRONT 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 Communications54: 11260 – 11263. Gold Open AccessFRONT COVER.



Besenhard, M.O.,  Baber, R., 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. CrysEngComm20: 7082-7093. Gold Open Access. INSIDE FRONT COVER.


Rossi, F.,Thanh, N. T. K* and Su, X. D. (2019) Gold nanorods embedded in polymeric film for killing bacteria by generating reactive oxygen species with light. ACS Applied Bio Materials. 2: 3059-3067. Gold Open AccessCOVER PAGE.


Pallares, R. M., Thanh, N. T. K.*, and Su, X. (2019) Sensing of Circulating Cancer Biomarkers with Metal Nanoparticles. Nanoscale. 11: 22137-22600, Gold Open AccessINSIDE FRONT COVER.


Pallares, M., Thanh, N. T. K*., and Su, X. (2019) Quantifying the Binding Between Proteins and Open Chromatin-Like DNA Sequences with Gold Nanorods. ChemComm. 55: 15041. Gold Open Access. FRONT COVER.


Wang, L., Hevault, A., Southern, P., Sandre, O., Couillaud, F., Thanh, N. T. K* (2020) In vitro exploration of the synergistic effect of alternating magnetic field mediated thermo-chemotherapy with doxorubicin loaded dual pH- and thermo-responsive magnetic nanocomposite carriers. Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 8: 10527-10539. Gold Open Access. FRONT COVER.


Huergo M. A., Thanh, N. T. K*. (2021) Current Advances on Detection of COVID-19 and The Interpretation of Humoral Response. Analyst. 146: 382-402. Gold Open AccessINSIDE FRONT COVER.


Talib N. A., LaGrow, A. P.,  Besenhard, M. O., Sergides, A., Famiani, S., Ferreira, L. P., Cruz, M. M., Gavriilidis, A., and Thanh, N. T. K.* (2021) Synthesis of Branched Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: How Crystallite Rearrangement during Growth Dictates Magnetic Properties. CrystEngComm. 23: 550 – 561. Gold Open Access. BACK COVER PAGE


Besenhard M. O., Panariello, L., Kiefer, C., LaGrow, A. P.,   Storozhuk, L.,  Perton F., Begin, S., Damien Mertz, D.,  Thanh, T. K.* and Gavriilidis, A. (2021) Small Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as MRI T1 Contrast Agent: Scalable Inexpensive Water-Based Synthesis Using a Flow Reactor. Nanoscale.198667-9042. Gold Open Access. FRONT COVER PAGE. 

Harvell-Smith, S., Tung, L. D., Thanh, N. T. K.* (2022) Magnetic Particle Imaging: Tracer Development and The Biomedical Applications of a Radiation-Free, Sensitive and Quantitative Imaging Modality. Nanoscale, 10: 3647-3974. Gold Open Access. INSIDE FRONT COVER. 


Kasparis, G., Sangnier, A. P., Wang, L., Efstathiou, C., LaGrow, A. P., Sergides, A., Wilhelm, C., and Thanh, N. T. K* (2022) Zn doped iron oxide nanoparticles with high magnetization and photothermal efficiency for cancer treatment. Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 11:691–926. Gold Open Access. INSIDE FRONT COVER.


Raie, D. S., Tsonas, I., Mourdikoudis, S., Gralnick, J. A. L., Ciric, L., Thanh, N. T. K.* (2023) Enhance detoxification of Cr6+ by Shewanella oneidensis via adsorption on spherical and flower-like manganese ferrite.  Nanoscale Advances. 5: 2897. Gold Open Access. BACK COVER PAGE.

Trakoolwilaiwan, T., Takeuchi, Y., Leung, T. S., Sebek, M., Storozhuk, L., Nguyen, L., Tung, L. D. and Thanh, N. K. T* (2023) Development of Thermochromic Lateral Flow Assay to Improve Sensitivity for Dengue Virus Serotype 2 NS1 Detection. Nanoscale. DOI: 10.1039/D3NR01858J. Gold Open Access. OUTSIDE BACK COVER.