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Keywords:

  • biomimetic synthesis;
  • carbon;
  • dendrimers;
  • glycoconjugates;
  • nanotubes
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Protective coatings: Glycodendrimers can function as homogeneous bioactive coatings that mitigate the cytotoxicity of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). The bifunctional glycodendrimers (see picture) have peripheral carbohydrate units and a pyrene tail capable of binding SWNT surfaces through π–π interaction. Cells cultured with glycodendrimer-coated SWNTs proliferate at the same rate as untreated cells.