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Dr. Hanene Ali-Boucetta, Dr. Antonio Nunes, Dr. Raquel Sainz, Dr.  M. Antonia Herrero, Dr. Bowen Tian, Prof. Maurizio Prato, Dr. Alberto Bianco and Prof. Kostas Kostarelos Asbestos-like Pathogenicity of Long Carbon Nanotubes Alleviated by Chemical Functionalization Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Article first published online: 14 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207664

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Sometimes shorter is better: The apparent similarity between multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and asbestos fibers has generated serious concerns about their safety profile. The asbestos-like pathogenicity observed for long, pristine nanotubes (NTlong, see scheme) can be completely alleviated if their effective length is decreased as a result of chemical functionalization, such as with tri(ethylene glycol) (TEG).

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