Plasmas meet nanoparticles—where synergies can advance the frontier of medicine

Kong, M.G., Keidar, M., & Ostrikov, K. (2011) Plasmas meet nanoparticles—where synergies can advance the frontier of medicine. Journal of Physics D : Applied Physics, 44(17), p. 174018.

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Nanoparticles and low-temperature plasmas have been developed, independently and often along different routes, to tackle the same set of challenges in biomedicine. There are intriguing similarities and contrasts in their interactions with cells and living tissues, and these are reflected directly in the characteristics and scope of their intended therapeutic solutions, in particular their chemical reactivity, selectivity against pathogens and cancer cells, safety to healthy cells and tissues and targeted delivery to diseased tissues. Time has come to ask the inevitable question of possible plasma–nanoparticle synergy and the related benefits to the development of effective, selective and safe therapies for modern medicine. This perspective paper offers a detailed review of the strengths and weakenesses of nanomedicine and plasma medicine as a stand-alone technology, and then provides a critical analysis of some of the major opportunities enabled by synergizing nanotechnology and plasma technology. It is shown that the plasma–nanoparticle synergy is best captured through plasma nanotechnology and its benefits for medicine are highly promising.

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ID Code: 73745
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/44/17/174018
ISSN: 1361-6463
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2014 04:21
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 23:44

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