Nanoparticles and Brain Tumors
Nanoparticles, which are extremely small particles, are used to perform a variety of tasks such as delivering drugs precisely to cancerous cells in the body or increasing battery life. This simulation allows students to help the nano engineer assist a brain surgeon in finding a solution to mark brain tumors so the surgeon can see them better during diagnosis and during surgery. The goal of the simulation is to create a nanoparticle that is magnetic so that it shows on the MRI, fluorescent so the surgeon can see it during the procedure, and small enough to pass the blood brain barrier. Many procedures such as centrifugation and lyophilization are also discussed during the simulation.