Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 8, 2011

Factoid #11: Nanoshells

Factoid #11:

Nanoshells are nanoscale spherical cores coated with metal shells. The metal is usually gold, and the cores are generally made of silicon dioxide. Nanoshells will hopefully pass testing and be used in cancer treatment–without the nasty side effects.


  1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have something like that as a treatment for cancer? No side effects. Wow!

    • Hi Patti, Absolutely! Nanoshells are one of the many “killer applications” that will change our lives in wonderful ways. Each killer app. will likely generate a huge industry, creating lots of high-paying jobs. Carbon nanotubes, graphene, buckyballs, and quantum dots are also amazing killer apps. coming soon. Nanotechnolgy is exciting stuff and offers writers fresh story options. It’s not just killer-nanobot cliches anymore! Cheers, Ashley

  2. That is really cool- I had no idea

    • Hi Alica, It’s definitely cool. Be sure to check out the other Fun Factoids in this blog. Enjoy, Ashley

  3. Evidence of nanotechnology has actually been found in history–in Damascus steel and medieval glass. I find that fascinating. Of course, I’m a history and science buff. I just read James Rollins’ The Devil Colony and it’s a fascinating combination of nanotechnology, historical mystery and action. I researched quantam physics for my time travel romance novel, so I understood some of what the book was talking about!

    • Hi Melissa, So cool! I write time-travel romances, too. Be sure to check this blog’s previous Fun Factoid’s. I think you’ll really enjoy them. Cheers, Ashley

  4. I love your “fun facts!” In one of my books, I have aliens who use this sort of technology to self-heal. But no real details since I don’t know any! (And neither does my main character.))

    • Hi Jennette, Using nanotechnology for self-healing is a great example of fresh writing. To understand how self-healing might work, I would suggest exploring the topic of “self-assembly.” And it’s not science fiction. IBM has made significant progress in this area. (, “Using Self Assembly to Create Airgap Microprocessors” ). Cheers, Ashley

  5. That would be so awesome to be able to treat cancer like that w/o all the nastiness of chemo and radiation. I enjoy your factoids! 🙂

    • Hi Rhonda, Thank you so much. I’m glad you’re enjoying them. The cancer treatments aren’t too far off. I’m afraid this economy is delaying things a bit. High-tech startups aren’t going to add many researchers until their fear of higher taxes goes away. In the meantime, they’re hanging onto their cash and resolving the toxicology concerns. Cheers, Ashley

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