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Current directions in core–shell nanoparticle design

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Ten years ago I wrote a review about the important field of core–shell nanoparticles, focussing mainly on our own work about tracer systems, and briefly addressing polymer-coated nanoparticles as fillers for homogeneous polymer-colloid composites. Since then, the potential use of core–shell nanoparticles as multifunctional sensors or potential smart drug-delivery vehicles in biology and medicine has gained more and more importance, affording special types of multi-functionalized and bio-compatible nanoparticles. In this new review article, I try to address the most important developments during the last ten years. This overview is mainly based on frequently cited and more specialized recent review articles from leaders in their respective field. We will consider a variety of nanoscopic core–shell architectures from highly fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs), protected magnetic NPs, multifunctional NPs, thermoresponsive NPs and biocompatible systems to, finally, smart drug-delivery systems.

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The article was received on 15 Jan 2010, accepted on 25 Feb 2010 and first published on 29 Mar 2010

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00028K
Nanoscale, 2010,2, 829-843

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    Current directions in core–shell nanoparticle design

    W. Schärtl, Nanoscale, 2010, 2, 829
    DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00028K

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