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Synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles

Grant number: 14/17491-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Dayane Batista Tada
Grantee:Thaís Ayumi Fukuda Cursino
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia (ICT). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São José dos Campos. São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/23895-8 - Characterization and control of cellular internalization process of nanoparticles, AP.JP


Nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely used as drug carriers, controlling drug solubility and drug circulation time. Additionally, NPs provide drug protection against interferences of external medium, allowing the drug to reach the target tissue in its active form. In this project, gold NPs of several sizes will be synthesized and functionalized with photoactive molecules and signaling peptides. Another type of gold NPs will be functionalized with heparin and collagen in order to be applied in studies on tissue regeneration.