Thermally responsive polymer-nanoparticle composites for biomedical applications

TitleThermally responsive polymer-nanoparticle composites for biomedical applications
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsStrong, LE, West, JL
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Pagination307 - 317
Date Published05/2011

Thermally responsive polymer–metal nanoparticle composites couple the ability of certain metal nanoparticles to convert external stimuli to heat with polymers that display sharp property changes in response to temperature changes, allowing for external control over polymer properties. These systems have been investigated for a variety of biomedical applications, including drug delivery, microfluidic valve control, and cancer therapy. This article focuses on three different size scales of this system: bulk systems (>1mm), nano- or microscale systems, and individual particle coatings. These composite systems will continue to be widely researched in the future for their vast potential in various biomedical applications.

Short TitleWiley Interdiscip Rev: Nanomed Nanobiotechnol
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