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Design and synthesis of Janus micro- and nanoparticles

Noninvasive near-infrared (NIR) light responsive therapy is a promising cancer treatment modality; however, some inherent drawbacks of conventional phototherapy heavily restrict its application in clinic. Rather than producing heat or reactive oxygen species in conventional NIR treatment, here a multifunctional yolk–shell nanoplatform is proposed that is able to generate microbubbles to destruct cancer cells upon NIR laser irradiation. Besides, the therapeutic effect is highly improved through the coalition of small interfering RNA (siRNA), which is codelivered by the nanoplatform. In vitro experiments demonstrate that siRNA significantly inhibits expression of protective proteins and reduces the tolerance of cancer cells to bubble-induced environmental damage. In this way, higher cytotoxicity is achieved by utilizing the yolk–shell nanoparticles than treated with the same nanoparticles missing siRNA under NIR laser irradiation. After surface modification with polyethylene glycol and transferrin, the yolk–shell nanoparticles can target tumors selectively, as demonstrated from the photoacoustic and ultrasonic imaging in vivo. The yolk–shell nanoplatform shows outstanding tumor regression with minimal side effects under NIR laser irradiation. Therefore, the multifunctional nanoparticles that combining bubble-induced mechanical effect with RNA interference are expected to be an effective NIR light responsive oncotherapy.

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The synthesis and characterization of copper (I) selenocyanate (CuSeCN) and its application as a solution-processable hole-transport layer (HTL) material in transistors, organic light-emitting diodes, and solar cells are reported. Density-functional theory calculations combined with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are used to elucidate the electronic band structure, density of states, and microstructure of CuSeCN. Solution-processed layers are found to be nanocrystalline and optically transparent (>94%), due to the large bandgap of ≥3.1 eV, with a valence band maximum located at −5.1 eV. Hole-transport analysis performed using field-effect measurements confirms the p-type character of CuSeCN yielding a hole mobility of 0.002 cm2 V−1 s−1. When CuSeCN is incorporated as the HTL material in organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells, the resulting devices exhibit comparable or improved performance to control devices based on commercially available poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate as the HTL. This is the first report on the semiconducting character of CuSeCN and it highlights the tremendous potential for further developments in the area of metal pseudohalides.

Design and synthesis of Janus micro- …

The design and synthesis of Janus nanoparticles has attracted great scientific interest in recent years

The applications of copper (Cu) and Cu-based nanoparticles, which are based on the earth-abundant and inexpensive copper metal, have generated a great deal of interest in recent years, especially in the field of catalysis. The possible modification of the chemical and physical properties of these nanoparticles using different synthetic strategies and conditions and/or via postsynthetic chemical treatments has been largely responsible for the rapid growth of interest in these nanomaterials and their applications in catalysis. In addition, the design and development of novel support and/or multimetallic systems (e.g., alloys, etc.) has also made significant contributions to the field. In this comprehensive review, we report different synthetic approaches to Cu and Cu-based nanoparticles (metallic copper, copper oxides, and hybrid copper nanostructures) and copper nanoparticles immobilized into or supported on various support materials (SiO2, magnetic support materials, etc.), along with their applications in catalysis. The synthesis part discusses numerous preparative protocols for Cu and Cu-based nanoparticles, whereas the application sections describe their utility as catalysts, including electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, and gas-phase catalysis. We believe this critical appraisal will provide necessary background information to further advance the applications of Cu-based nanostructured materials in catalysis.

The research on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) has been growing exponentially over the last several years. The field continues to drive in the direction of biomedical applications, especially molecular therapeutics by exploiting the immense qualities of SPIONs []. This includes the distinctive controllable properties such as size, shape, magnetism, crystallinity and flexibility in fabricating multifunctional SPIONs with fluorescence, targeting ligands, drugs etc, thanks to the advancements in the syntheses and functionalization techniques developed hitherto. There are some excellent synthetic methods in prior arts on the formation of superparamagnetic magnetite (Fe3O4) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) SPIONs, with size control, narrow distribution, water solubility and surface functionalization [-]. The co-precipitation method is a conventional synthetic paradigm where Fe(II) and Fe(III) salts are co-precipitated in a basic solution in the presence of coating materials such as polymer or dextran (or its derivatives). Although the resulted iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are larger in size (ca. 100 nm) and partially crystalline, the particles are readily water soluble where their surfaces are directly functionalized. Alternatively, thermal decomposition method using precursors such as Fe(CO)5, Fe(Stearate)2, with high boiling solvents (octadecene, benzyl ether) and surfactants/ligands (oleic acid, oleylamine) can be used to synthesize smaller sized hydrophobic SPIONs (5-10 nm). In order to impart the SPIONs with water solubility for biomedical applications, water-oil microemulsion method can be employed as a reaction medium for coating a hydrophilic ligand (e.g. silica, peptides) on the hydrophobic surface.

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In recent years, multifunctional nanoparticles (NPs) consisting of either metal (e.g. Au), or magnetic NP (e.g. iron oxide) with other fluorescent components such as quantum dots (QDs) or organic dyes have been emerging as versatile candidate systems for cancer diagnosis, therapy, and macromolecule delivery such as micro ribonucleic acid (microRNA). This review intends to highlight the recent advances in the synthesis and application of multifunctional NPs (mainly iron oxide) in theranostics, an area used to combine therapeutics and diagnostics. The recent applications of NPs in miRNA delivery are also reviewed.

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  • Theranostics 2013; 3(12):986-1003


  • Xi Yin 1, Miao Shi 1, Kam Sang Kwok 1, Haidong Zhao 1, Danielle L


  • Publications – International Iberian Nanotechnology …


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