Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Chemistry

Title

Gold and iron oxide hybrid nanocomposite materials

Language

English

Abstract

This critical review provides an overview of current research activities that focused on the synthesis and application of multi-functional gold and iron oxide (Au-Fe xO y) hybrid nanoparticles and nanocomposites. An introduction of synthetic strategies that have been developed for generating Au-Fe xO y nanocomposites with different nanostructures is presented. Surface functionalisation and bioconjugation of these hybrid nanoparticles and nanocomposites are also reviewed. A variety of applications such as theranostics, gene delivery, biosensing, cell sorting, bio-separation, and catalysis is discussed and highlighted. Finally, future trends and perspectives of these sophisticated nanocomposites are outlined. Underpinning the fundamental requirements for effectively forming Au-Fe xO y hybrid nanocomposite materials would shed light on future development of nanotheranostics, nanomedicines, and chemical technologies. It would be interesting to investigate such multi-component composite nanomaterials with different novel morphologies in the near future to advance chemistry, biology, medicine, and engineering multi-disciplinary research (120 references). © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Chemical Society Reviews

Volume

41

Issue

5

Start Page

1911

End Page

1928

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

DOI

10.1039/C1CS15213K

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C1CS15213K

ISSN (print)

03060012

ISSN (electronic)

14604744

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