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Abstract

Photodynamic therapy is a medical tool to treat diverse diseases such as cancer and infections caused from bacteria and fungi. Photodynamic therapy involves the use of light sources and photosensitive molecules to produce reactive oxygen species responsible for killing ill cell, bacteria and fungi. Recent advances in nanotechnology and nanoparticle fabrication open new strategies to improve the efficiency and selectively of photodynamic therapy. In this chapter, we summarize the principles that govern photodynamic process and advantages in using graphene in conjugation with photodynamic agents. It is expected that graphene and graphene-based material enhance the photosensitivity of common agents improving the therapy results.

Keywords

Graphene Phototherapy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The present work was financially supported by CONACYT through the project PN-1767. SA is thankful to CONACYT for the masters’ scholarship number 486938. Thanks are given to Marcos Moshinsky Foundation for finantial support. Authors are grateful to M.C. Jonathan S. de Lira Escobedo for help with images.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMexico

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