Asbestos-like pathogenicity of long carbon nanotubes alleviated by chemical functionalization

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  • External authors:
  • Hanene Ali-Boucetta
  • Antonio Nunes
  • Raquel Sainz
  • M. Antonia Herrero
  • Bowen Tian
  • Maurizio Prato
  • Alberto Bianco


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). Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2274-2278
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2013