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Hybrid nanomaterials for biomedical applications

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Hybrid nanomaterials, composed of both inorganic and organic components, have recently been examined as promising platforms for imaging and therapeutic applications. This unique class of nanomaterials can not only retain beneficial features of both the inorganic and organic components, but also provides the ability to systematically tune the properties of the hybrid material through the combination of functional components. This feature article will summarize recent advances in the design and synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials and their applications in biological and biomedical areas. The hybrid nanomaterials to be discussed fall into two main categories, silica based materials and nanoscale metal–organic frameworks. Their applications as imaging contrast agents and nanotherapeutics will be highlighted.

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The article was received on 01 Feb 2010, accepted on 09 Jun 2010 and first published on 12 Jul 2010

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C002073G
Chem. Commun., 2010,46, 5832-5849

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    Hybrid nanomaterials for biomedical applications

    K. M. L. Taylor-Pashow, J. Della Rocca, R. C. Huxford and W. Lin, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 5832
    DOI: 10.1039/C002073G

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