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Keywords:

  • low-toxicity materials;
  • photothermal therapy;
  • chemotherapy;
  • infrared thermal imaging
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J. Hu and co-workers successfully develop mesoporous silica-coated copper with a core-shell nanostructure (Cu9S5@mSiO2) as a versatile multifunctional platform. On page 4281, the Cu9S5@mSiO2 shows low cytotoxicity and excellent blood compatibility, and is effective for both photothermal therapy and infrared thermal imaging. Moreover, it can deliver Doxorubicin into cancer cells for chemotherapy, which enhances the effect of thermotherapy. These results will encourage development of such a nanoplatform, synergetically combining thermo- and chemotherapy for real potential in the clinic.