Multifuntional nanoparticles: Preparation and applications in biomedicine and in non-invasive bioimaging

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Abstract

In recent years, polymeric scaffolds have been used in several biomedical applications for the delivery of drugs or other biologically relevant molecules. Polymeric nanostructures possess different (and in some cases more powerful) properties respect to bulk materials. This, leaded academic researchers and industry to cooperate in developing pioneering nanostructured materials for industrial and biomedical applications. Moreover, the preparation and use of systems with multiple (multifunctional) properties (i.e., bioconjugation with superparamagnetic, fluorescent or targeting molecules) will represent in the future a viable and innovative tool for application in several clinical fields. This brief critical review collects and discusses some recent patents about the preparation and use of these multifunctional nanoparticles in biomedicine and in non-invasive bioimaging applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalRecent Patents on Nanotechnology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Core-shell polymers
  • MRI
  • Multifunctional nanoparticles
  • Optical imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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