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Biological applications of gold nanoparticles

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This critical review gives a short overview of the widespread use of gold nanoparticles in biology. We have identified four classes of applications in which gold nanoparticles have been used so far: labelling, delivering, heating, and sensing. For each of these applications the underlying mechanisms and concepts, the specific features of the gold nanoparticles needed for this application, as well as several examples are described (142 references).

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24 Apr 2008
First published
17 Jul 2008

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008,37, 1896-1908
Article type
Critical Review

Biological applications of gold nanoparticles

R. A. Sperling, P. Rivera Gil, F. Zhang, M. Zanella and W. J. Parak, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008, 37, 1896
DOI: 10.1039/B712170A

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