Photothermal effect by NIR-triggered nano passion fruits: a step forwards to the translation of metal nanomaterials to clinics

The research unit coordinated by Dr. Valerio Volianiat the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia located in Pisa (Italy) has reported on Materials Horizons (Royal Society of Chemistry) the first noble metal nanoarchitecture able to jointly combine efficient photothermal conversion and renal excretion of the building blocks. The Authors have employed home-made 3D neoplasm models to confirm the exciting potentiality of nano passion fruits for the treatment of some solid cancers. This pioneering work is showcased on the inside back cover of the journal and might unlock the true potential of noble metal nanoplatforms for the treatment of neoplasms, filling the gap between bench-to-bed side. Congratulation to all co-Authors, and in particular to: Dr. Domenico Cassano, Dr. Melissa Santi, and Katrina Mapanao.

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CNI is back in operation!

From today 4th of May CNI has started its way to go back to normal operation. Following the recommended safety procedures for COVID-19, the researchers started their activities in the TEM, Raman spectroscopy, 2D materials growth and characterization laboratories. Soon chemical synthesis and nanoteranostic will follow. The number of researchers that enter the lab every day is still limited but as the things will go better it will growth to normal condition. We hope also that soon PhD students and master student can join us prosecuting their thesis projects.