Gold nanocages as photothermal transducers for cancer treatment

Jingyi Chen, Charles Glaus, Richard Laforest, Qiang Zhang, Miaoxian Yang, Michael Gidding, Michael J. Welch, Younan Xia

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Gold nanocages represent a new class of nanomaterials with compact size and tunable optical properties in the near-infrared region. They passively accumulate in the tumor after intravenous injection. By exposing tumors to a near-infrared diode laser, the photothermal effect of the Au nanocages selectively destroys tumor tissue with minimum damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-817
Number of pages7
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 9 2010


  • Cancer treatment
  • Gold nanocages
  • Photothermal transducers
  • Plasmonic materials


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