Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(12), 24619-24642; doi:10.3390/ijms141224619
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Preparation of Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes (Mag-CNTs) for Biomedical and Biotechnological Applications

1 Gene Expression-Microarrays Laboratory, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital-IRCCS, P.za S.Onofrio 4, Rome 00165, Italy 2 University of Edinburgh, University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science, Queen's Medical Research Institute, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK
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Received: 21 October 2013; in revised form: 22 November 2013 / Accepted: 4 December 2013 / Published: 18 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Magnetic Nanoparticles)
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Abstract: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been widely studied for their potential applications in many fields from nanotechnology to biomedicine. The preparation of magnetic CNTs (Mag-CNTs) opens new avenues in nanobiotechnology and biomedical applications as a consequence of their multiple properties embedded within the same moiety. Several preparation techniques have been developed during the last few years to obtain magnetic CNTs: grafting or filling nanotubes with magnetic ferrofluids or attachment of magnetic nanoparticles to CNTs or their polymeric coating. These strategies allow the generation of novel versatile systems that can be employed in many biotechnological or biomedical fields. Here, we review and discuss the most recent papers dealing with the preparation of magnetic CNTs and their application in biomedical and biotechnological fields.
Keywords: magnetic carbon nanotubes; multifunctional vectors; nanotechnology; nanobiotechnology; biomedicine

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Masotti, A.; Caporali, A. Preparation of Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes (Mag-CNTs) for Biomedical and Biotechnological Applications. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 24619-24642.

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Masotti A, Caporali A. Preparation of Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes (Mag-CNTs) for Biomedical and Biotechnological Applications. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(12):24619-24642.

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Masotti, Andrea; Caporali, Andrea. 2013. "Preparation of Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes (Mag-CNTs) for Biomedical and Biotechnological Applications." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 12: 24619-24642.

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