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Materials 2013, 6(2), 483-499; doi:10.3390/ma6020483
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Quantum Dots as Multifunctional Materials for Tumor Imaging and Therapy

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CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
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Received: 13 November 2012 / Revised: 10 January 2013 / Accepted: 22 January 2013 / Published: 5 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Multifunctional Materials)
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Abstract

The rapidly developing field of quantum dots (QDs) provides researchers with more options for imaging modalities and therapeutic strategies. In recent years, QDs were widely used as multifunctional materials for tumor imaging and therapy due to their characteristic properties such as semiconductive, zero-dimension and strong fluorescence. Nevertheless, there still exist the challenges of employing these properties of QDs for clinical diagnosis and therapy. Herein, we briefly review the development, properties and applications of QDs in tumor imaging and therapy. Future perspectives in these areas are also proposed as well.
Keywords: quantum dots; tumor imaging and therapy; semiconductor; fluorescence; probe quantum dots; tumor imaging and therapy; semiconductor; fluorescence; probe
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Liu, L.; Miao, Q.; Liang, G. Quantum Dots as Multifunctional Materials for Tumor Imaging and Therapy. Materials 2013, 6, 483-499.

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