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Issue 11, 2012
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Biological applications of magnetic nanoparticles

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In this review an overview about biological applications of magnetic colloidal nanoparticles will be given, which comprises their synthesis, characterization, and in vitro and in vivo applications. The potential future role of magnetic nanoparticles compared to other functional nanoparticles will be discussed by highlighting the possibility of integration with other nanostructures and with existing biotechnology as well as by pointing out the specific properties of magnetic colloids. Current limitations in the fabrication process and issues related with the outcome of the particles in the body will be also pointed out in order to address the remaining challenges for an extended application of magnetic nanoparticles in medicine.

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The article was received on 08 Dec 2011 and first published on 05 Apr 2012

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15337H
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 4306-4334
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    Biological applications of magnetic nanoparticles

    M. Colombo, S. Carregal-Romero, M. F. Casula, L. Gutiérrez, M. P. Morales, I. B. Böhm, J. T. Heverhagen, D. Prosperi and Wolfgang. J. Parak, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 4306
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15337H

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