27. Gold Nanorods as Theranostic Agents

  1. Xiaoyuan Chen2,3
  1. Alexander Wei,
  2. Qingshan Wei and
  3. Alexei P. Leonov

Published Online: 25 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470767047.ch27

Nanoplatform-Based Molecular Imaging

Nanoplatform-Based Molecular Imaging

How to Cite

Wei, A., Wei, Q. and Leonov, A. P. (2011) Gold Nanorods as Theranostic Agents, in Nanoplatform-Based Molecular Imaging (ed X. Chen), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470767047.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford and Bio-X Program, Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA

  2. 3

    Laboratory for Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470521151

Online ISBN: 9780470767047



  • gold nanorods as theranostic agents - attractive, due to strong NIR absorption cross sections, tunability of their plasmon resonances, their scalable and highly reproducible synthesis;
  • GNRs, applied toward bioanalytical and imaging applications - based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS);
  • feasibility of employing GNRs, as multifunctional agents - for biomedical diagnostics and image-guided therapies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Physical Properties of GNRs

  • Synthesis of GNRs

  • Surface Chemistry of GNRs

  • GNRs as Theranostic Agents

  • Outlook

  • Acknowledgments

  • References