Medical Applications of Nanomaterials

  • Anna Vedda
  • Irene Villa
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


This chapter is devoted to an introduction to the fascinating field of nanomedicine. In particular, the role of material scientists in this interdisciplinary area will be discussed, by considering how the structural, morphological, and functional properties of nanoparticles can be designed for specific medical applications. Due to the large extent of the field, focus will be given to the optical applications of inorganic nanoparticles in medicine. These include in vitro and in vivo imaging, self-lighting photodynamic therapy, hyperthermia, and thermometry. Moreover some specific issues like self-absorption and autofluorescence, which turn out to be critical for the functionalization of luminescent nanoparticles, will be also described and discussed.


Singlet Oxygen Photodynamic Therapy Rose Bengal Photothermal Therapy Hyperthermia Treatment 
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The authors are very grateful to Professors José Garcia Solé, Daniel Jaque, M. Bettinelli, and A. Speghini for the fruitful collaboration and discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials ScienceUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly

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