Preparation of magnetic carbon nanotubes (Mag-CNTs) for biomedical and biotechnological applications

Andrea Masotti, Andrea Caporali

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Abstract

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been widely studied for their potential applications in many fields from nanotechnology to biomedicine. The preparation of magnetic CNTs (Mag-CNTs) opens new avenues in nanobiotechnology and biomedical applications as a consequence of their multiple properties embedded within the same moiety. Several preparation techniques have been developed during the last few years to obtain magnetic CNTs: grafting or filling nanotubes with magnetic ferrofluids or attachment of magnetic nanoparticles to CNTs or their polymeric coating. These strategies allow the generation of novel versatile systems that can be employed in many biotechnological or biomedical fields. Here, we review and discuss the most recent papers dealing with the preparation of magnetic CNTs and their application in biomedical and biotechnological fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24619-24642
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Volume14
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 18 2013

Keywords

  • Biomedicine
  • Magnetic carbon nanotubes
  • Multifunctional vectors
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Nanotechnology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Molecular Biology
  • Catalysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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