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Flexible warped nanographene developed for bioimaging ~ A new water-soluble nanocarbon triggers cell death when exposed to light ~

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  • 2018/02/19

JST-ERATO, Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project/ITbM

Hsing-An Lin, Associate Prof. Yoshikatsu Sato, Associate Prof. Yasutomo Segawa, Taishi Nishihara, Nagisa Sugimoto, Prof. Tetsuya Higashiyama, and Prof. Kenichiro Itami

A new water-soluble warped nanographene.
Hydrophilic chains on the periphery impart high water solubility.



An international team of scientists has developed a water-soluble "warped nanographene", a flexible molecule that is biocompatible and shows promise for fluorescent cell imaging. The new nanographene molecule also induces cell death when exposed to blue laser light. Further investigation is required to determine how nanocarbons could be used for a range of biological applications, such as photodynamic therapy for cancer treatments.



Nagoya, Japan - A group of chemists and biologists at Nagoya University and Boston College, have succeeded in synthesizing a water-soluble warped nanographene molecule that is water soluble for the first time. This new molecule, recently described in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, expands the biological applications for nanocarbons, including cancer cell imaging and possibly eradication......>>read more on the ITbM website

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