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Nanomaterials and singlet oxygen photosensitizers: potential applications in photodynamic therapy

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Abstract

In this review, we address a highly interdisciplinary field: the use of nanomaterials as carriers for singlet oxygen photosensitizers and their potential applications in photodynamic therapy. In particular, recent advances in the use of nanoparticles including inorganic oxide-, metallic-, and polymer-based nanocomposites as photosensitizer carriers are highlighted. We review advantages and shortcomings of these diverse approaches as far as their application for photodynamic therapy is concerned. Fullerenes and their derivatives are also included, focusing on recent studies on their structure, properties, and ability to generate singlet oxygen.

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Submitted
18 Sep 2003
Accepted
27 Nov 2003
First published
13 Jan 2004

J. Mater. Chem., 2004,14, 487-493
Article type
Feature Article

Nanomaterials and singlet oxygen photosensitizers: potential applications in photodynamic therapy

S. Wang, R. Gao, F. Zhou and M. Selke, J. Mater. Chem., 2004, 14, 487
DOI: 10.1039/B311429E

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