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Iron Oxide and Gold Based Magneto-Plasmonic Nanostructures for Medical Applications: A Review

Interfaces, Traitements, Organisation et Dynamique des Systèmes, ITODYS, UMR 7086, CNRS, Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, 15 rue Jean Antoine de Baïf, 75205 Paris, France
Department of Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(3), 149;
Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 9 February 2018 / Accepted: 26 February 2018 / Published: 7 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Magnetic Nanoparticles in Biological Applications)
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Iron oxide and gold-based magneto-plasmonic nanostructures exhibit remarkable optical and superparamagnetic properties originating from their two different components. As a consequence, they have improved and broadened the application potential of nanomaterials in medicine. They can be used as multifunctional nanoprobes for magneto-plasmonic heating as well as for magnetic and optical imaging. They can also be used for magnetically assisted optical biosensing, to detect extreme traces of targeted bioanalytes. This review introduces the previous work on magneto-plasmonic hetero-nanostructures including: (i) their synthesis from simple “one-step” to complex “multi-step” routes, including seed-mediated and non-seed-mediated methods; and (ii) the characterization of their multifunctional features, with a special emphasis on the relationships between their synthesis conditions, their structures and their properties. It also focuses on the most important progress made with regard to their use in nanomedicine, keeping in mind the same aim, the correlation between their morphology—namely spherical and non-spherical, core-satellite and core-shell, and the desired applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: magneto-plasmonic; nanocrystals; spherical; non-spherical; core-satellite; seed-mediated magneto-plasmonic; nanocrystals; spherical; non-spherical; core-satellite; seed-mediated

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Nguyen, T.T.; Mammeri, F.; Ammar, S. Iron Oxide and Gold Based Magneto-Plasmonic Nanostructures for Medical Applications: A Review. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 149.

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