Gold nanoparticles with organic linkers for applications in biomedicine

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Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine: Methods, Devices, and Applications, Second Edition, 2017, pp. 47 - 59
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© 2018 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) have a rich history of drawing the attention, at first, of alchemists followed by scientists from the fields of chemistry, physics, photonics, and, in more recent times, biology and medicine. Such wide scientific attention has arisen due to the unique physical and chemical properties of these nanoparticles, including their optical and electronic virtues dependent on size, shape, and high surface-to-volume area with facile surface chemistry. Added to these favorable physicochemical properties is their highly desirable and now increasingly accepted biocompatible profile.
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