Design of Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Nanomedicine Applications

Recently we have demonstrated that multicore-shell nanoparticles, made of cadmium telluride and zinc oxide, have great potential to be applied into the field of renewable energies due to the ability to split water into H+ and · OH upon irradiation of visible light. Herein we originally propose the utilization of those nanoparticles for a new lightassisted cancer therapy, that is, photogenerated · OH can lead to the DNA damage of of cells. Nanoparticles with surfaces that can be chemically tailored, exhibit a great advantage over the use of molecules in respect of target specificity and delineated in loco therapy; in this way, further increasing their enormous potential for medical applications. Therefore, the success of this project will benefit Pharmaster (our partner), which has been carrying out the R & D in the pharmaceutical molecules, to take its first step in the field of nanomedicine.

Intern: 
Antonio Marcos De Brito Silva
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Alexandre Brolo
Project Year: 
2015
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British Columbia
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