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New materials for cancer imaging and therapy
thesisposted on 12.03.2018, 23:10 by ROBBIN RALF VERNOOIJ
The increasing burden of cancer on society drives the development of more effective chemotherapeutic agents. The work in this thesis is therefore centred on the examination of a new series of metal-based anticancer prodrug candidates. These metal-based compounds do not exhibit toxicity in the dark, but can be activated with light in cancerous areas, avoiding unwanted side-effects in healthy tissues. A range of state-of-the- art spectroscopic techniques, including vibrational spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation, are applied to study the chemical and biological properties of these compounds, revealing new insights into their mechanism of action.