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Paolo Matteini, Fulvio Ratto, Francesca Rossi, Sonia Centi, Luigi Dei and Roberto Pini Chitosan Films Doped with Gold Nanorods as Laser-Activatable Hybrid Bioadhesives Advanced Materials 22

Article first published online: 23 AUG 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201002228

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Biocompatible chitosan/gold nanorods films are fabricated and tested as laser-activatable adhesives. When exposed to near-infrared laser light the nanoparticles carry out efficient photothermal conversion, which activates the polar groups of chitosan strands and mediates functional adhesion with a biological tissue. This technology may enable a number of key applications in medicine including tissue repair, wound dressing and drug delivery.

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