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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 172; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8020172

Recent Progress in Synthesis and Functionalization of Multimodal Fluorescent-Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biological Applications

School of Chemistry and Crann, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Received: 17 December 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 22 January 2018 / Published: 25 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles)
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There is a great interest in the development of new nanomaterials for multimodal imaging applications in biology and medicine. Multimodal fluorescent-magnetic based nanomaterials deserve particular attention as they can be used as diagnostic and drug delivery tools, which could facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and many other diseases. This review focuses on the recent developments of magnetic-fluorescent nanocomposites and their biomedical applications. The recent advances in synthetic strategies and approaches for the preparation of fluorescent-magnetic nanocomposites are presented. The main biomedical uses of multimodal fluorescent-magnetic nanomaterials, including biological imaging, cancer therapy and drug delivery, are discussed, and prospects of this field are outlined. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanoparticles; magnetic; multimodal; fluorescent; biomedical; imaging; diagnostic; therapy nanoparticles; magnetic; multimodal; fluorescent; biomedical; imaging; diagnostic; therapy
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Serrano García, R.; Stafford, S.; Gun’ko, Y.K. Recent Progress in Synthesis and Functionalization of Multimodal Fluorescent-Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biological Applications. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 172.

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