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Microbubbles, illustration

Microbubbles, illustration

C048/1903

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32.8 x 45.0 cm ⏐ 12.9 x 17.7 in (300dpi)

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TIM VERNON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TIM VERNON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Microbubbles. Computer illustration of a group of microbubbles (large spheres), showing their shells (small spheres). Microbubbles are miniature bubbles smaller than one hundredth of a millimetre in diameter, but larger than one micrometre. They have numerous applications in science and medicine. They may be used for drug delivery, biofilm removal, membrane cleaning/biofilm control and water/waste water treatment purposes. They are also used in medical diagnostics as a contrast agent for ultrasound imaging. Because gas bubbles are unstable in liquid and would quickly dissolve, microbubbles must be coated with a solid shell. This shell is usually made from either a lipid or a protein.

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