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Issue 32, 2010
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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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01 Feb 2010
09 Jun 2010
First published
12 Jul 2010

Chem. Commun., 2010,46, 5832-5849
Article type
Feature Article

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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