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Functional Layered Double Hydroxide Nanohybrids for Biomedical Imaging

by Wenji Jin 1,2 and Dae-Hwan Park 1,*
1
Department of Nano Materials Science and Engineering, Kyungnam University, Changwon, Gyeongsangnamdo 51767, Korea
2
College of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Jiujiang University, Jiujiang 332005, China
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(10), 1404; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9101404
Received: 29 August 2019 / Revised: 17 September 2019 / Accepted: 26 September 2019 / Published: 2 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Materials and Natural Extract)
Biomedical investigations using layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanoparticles have attracted tremendous attentions due to their advantages such as biocompatibility, variable-chemical compositions, anion-exchange capacity, host–guest interactions, and crystallization-dissolution characters. Bio-imaging becomes more and more important since it allows theranostics to combine therapy and diagnosis, which is a concept of next-generation medicine. Based on the unique features mentioned above, LDHs create novel opportunities for bio-imaging and simultaneous therapy with LDHs-based nanohybrids. This review aims to explore the recent advances in multifunctional LDH nanohybrids ranging from synthesis to practical applications for various bio-imaging with therapeutic functions. Furthermore, their potential both as diagnostic agents and drug delivery carriers will be discussed with the improvement in noninvasive bio-imaging techniques. View Full-Text
Keywords: layered double hydroxide; nanoparticle; nanohybrid; bio-imaging; therapy layered double hydroxide; nanoparticle; nanohybrid; bio-imaging; therapy
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Jin, W.; Park, D.-H. Functional Layered Double Hydroxide Nanohybrids for Biomedical Imaging. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 1404.

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