Inorganic nanoparticles in cancer therapy

Sanjib Bhattacharyya, Rachel A. Kudgus, Resham Bhattacharya, Priyabrata Mukherjee

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Nanotechnology is an evolving field with enormous potential for biomedical applications. The growing interest to use inorganic nanoparticles in medicine is due to the unique size- and shape-dependent optoelectronic properties. Herein, we will focus on gold, silver and platinum nanoparticles, discussing recent developments for therapeutic applications with regard to cancer in terms of nanoparticles being used as a delivery vehicle as well as therapeutic agents. We will also discuss some of the key challenges to be addressed in future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-259
Number of pages23
JournalPharmaceutical research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • cancer
  • drug delivery
  • gold
  • inorganic
  • nanoparticle
  • therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Bhattacharyya, S., Kudgus, R. A., Bhattacharya, R., & Mukherjee, P. (2011). Inorganic nanoparticles in cancer therapy. Pharmaceutical research, 28(2), 237-259.