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Advances in liquid metals for biomedical applications

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To date, liquid metals have been widely applied in many fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering and energy. In the last decade, with a better understanding of the physicochemical properties such as low viscosity, good fluidity, high thermal/electrical conductivity and good biocompatibility, gallium and gallium-based low-melting-point (near or below physiological temperature) alloys have attracted considerable attention in bio-related applications. This tutorial review introduces the common performances of liquid metals, highlights their featured properties, as well as summarizes various state-of-the-art bio-applications involving carriers for drug delivery, molecular imaging, cancer therapy and biomedical devices. Challenges for the clinical translation of liquid metals are also discussed.

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Submitted
29 Dec 2017
First published
20 Mar 2018

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018,47, 2518-2533
Article type
Tutorial Review

Advances in liquid metals for biomedical applications

J. Yan, Y. Lu, G. Chen, M. Yang and Z. Gu, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018, 47, 2518 DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00309A

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