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Fluorescent-magnetic hybrid nanostructures: Preparation, properties, and applications in biology

Quarta, Alessandra and Di Corato, Riccardo and Manna, Liberato and Ragusa, Andrea and Pellegrino, Teresa (2007) Fluorescent-magnetic hybrid nanostructures: Preparation, properties, and applications in biology. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NANOBIOSCIENCE, 6 (4). pp. 298-308.

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Research on nanocomposite materials aims at developing nanoscale composites with innovative optical, chemical, and magnetic properties, all combined in one single nanostructure. In this scenario, nanostructures which show simultaneously fluorescent and magnetic features are of particular interest for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. In this review, we will focus our attention on magnetic-fluorescent nanocomposite based on colloidal iron oxide nanocrystals combined with different classes of fluorophores which can be either organic dyes, such as fluoresceins, cyanines, porphyrins, or colloidal quantum dots. We will give an overview of the preparation methods of the magnetic-fluorescent nanocomposites that are now available and we will outline the most significant in vitro studies of such nanocomposites on living cells. Some examples of their applications in biology and medicine will also be discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:fluorescent materials; hybrid materials; magnetic nanoparticles; nanocomposites
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Physical Science > Nano objects
Biomedical Science > Nanobiotechnology
Physical Science > Nanomagnetics
ID Code:2368
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:17 Dec 2008 15:01
Last Modified:20 Jan 2009 10:35

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