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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1710811 23.11.2006
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001710811
Titel Kern-Hülle-Struktur mit magetischen, thermischen und optischen Eigenschaften und zugehöriges Herstellungsverfahren
Anmelder Industrial Technology Research Institute, Chutung, Hsinchu, TW
Erfinder Chen, Ming-Yao, Neihu District Tapei City 114, TW;
Chang, Wen-Hsian, Wunshan District Taipei City 116, TW;
Lin, Chin-I, Yongkang City Tainan County 710, TW;
Wang, Shian-Jy Jassy, Jhudong Township Hsinchu County 310, TW;
Lin, Yuh-Jiuan, Taishan Township Taipei County 243, TW
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 31.10.2005
EP-Aktenzeichen 050237643
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 11.10.2006
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 23.11.2006
IPC-Hauptklasse H01F 1/00(2006.01)A, F, I, 20060912, B, H, EP

Beschreibung[en]
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims the full benefit and priority of U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 11/101,561, filed April 8, 2005 , entitled "Method for Forming Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles"; and incorporates the entire contents of the application herein.

BACKGROUND

The present invention relates in general to core-shell materials. More particularly, it relates to core-shell structures with magnetic, thermal, and optical characteristics and manufacturing methods thereof.

Metal nanoshells are a novel type of composite nanoparticle consisting of a dielectric core such as silica covered by a thin metallic shell such as gold. Nanoshells possess highly favorable optical properties for optical imaging of tissue. The optical absorption of the gold shell includes the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength region (650~900nm), a region of high physiological transmissivity, which allows the NIR to be used as an excited source of gold nanoshells to identify tissue.

On the other hand, superparamagnetic nanoparticles are of intense interest, magnetizing strongly under an applied flied, but retaining no permanent magnetism once the field is removed. The on/off magnetic switching behavior is a particular advantage in magnetic-related applications. However, superparamagnetic nanoparticles are usually formed in organic solution or hydrophobic micelle, and thus prone to aggregation or precipitation when entering into body. Furthermore, superparamagnetic nanoparticles are hard to modify, and the diameter is too large for application in biomedicine.

At present, research and development of nanoshells are focused on the optical properties of the metal shell, while that of superparamagnetic nanoparticles are confined to magnetic-related applications. The present invention hereby provides a core-shell structure combining magnetic, thermal, and optical characteristics.

SUMMARY

According to one aspect of the invention, a novel core-shell structure is provided using magnetic particle as a core covered by a shell with light absorption behaviors, wherein at least one of the core and the shell possess exothermic behaviors, thus completing a core-shell structure having magnetic, thermal, and optical characteristics.

According to another aspect of the invention, a method for fabricating the novel core-shell structure is provided, comprising providing a magnetic nanoparticle, surface seeding the magnetic nanoparticle, and depositing a shell having optical absorption behaviors on the magnetic nanoparticle by reducing metal ions under catalysis of the seeded surface, thereby forming the core-shell structure.

Compared to conventional nanoshells or superparamagnetic nanoparticles, the core-shell structures of the invention serve multi-functional purposes and can be used in a wide variety of fields based on their magnetic, optical and thermal characteristics, such as NMR developer, specific tissue identification developer, purification and magnetic thermal therapy (hyperthermia).

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

For a better understanding of the present invention, reference is made to a detailed description to be read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

  • FIGS. 1A~1D are schematics of iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle formation and modification process of an embodiment.
  • FIGS. 2A~2B are schematics of a modified iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle.
  • FIG. 3 is an iron oxide nanoparticle XRD diagram of Example 1.
  • FIG. 4 is an iron oxide nanoparticle SEM picture of Example 1.
  • FIG. 5 is an iron oxide nanoparticle TEM picture of Example 1.
  • FIG. 6 is an iron oxide nanoparticle SAXA diagram of Example 1.
  • FIG. 7 is an iron oxide nanoparticle VSM diagram of Example 1.
  • FIGS. 8~16 show respectively iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle absorption spectrums of Example 2~10.
  • FIG. 17 is an iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle TEM picture of Example 3.
  • FIG. 18 is an iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle TEM picture of Example 4.
  • FIG. 19 is an iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle TEM picture of Example 8.
  • FIG. 20 is an iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle TEM picture of Example 10.
  • FIG. 21 shows modified iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle IR spectrums of Example 11.
  • FIG. 22 shows modified iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle IR spectrums of Example 12.
  • FIG. 23 shows modified iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle IR spectrums of Example 13.
  • FIG. 24 shows modified iron oxide-gold layer core-shell nanoparticle IR spectrums of Example 14.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The core-shell structures of the invention features magnetic, exothermic, and light absorption behaviors, wherein the core has magnetic and optionally exothermic behaviors, while shell has light absorption and optionally exothermic behaviors.

In preferred embodiments, the structure is composed of a superparamagnetic core and a shell absorbing at least one of ultraviolet (UV), near-infrared (NIR), and visible (VIS) lights. The core is preferably made of at least one of Fe, Co, Ni, and oxides thereof. It will be appreciated, however, that the core can be made of any single or composite magnetic materials. The shell is preferably made of at least one of Au, Pt, and Ag. It will be further appreciated, however, that the shell can be made of any single or composite light absorbing materials.

The core-shell material of the invention thus includes a magnetic core and a light absorbing shell. On one hand, the magnetic properties of the core allow the material to be used in applications such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic guide, magnetic thermal therapy, and magnetic purification. On the other hand, the light absorbing shell often results in heat emission, and therefore, besides optical imaging of tissue, it can be used in application of thermal therapy of tumors.

The core-shell materials of the invention are preferably in the nanoscale size range, and more preferably have a diameter of about 6-150 nm. For example, the core-shell nanoparticle may comprise a core of about 5-100nm in diameter, and a shell of about 1-50nm thick. The optical absorption band of the shell is tailorable by choice of the mixing ratio of the core/shell component to give the desired shell thickness. If the diameter of the core-shell particle is too large, for example, exceeding 40nm, aggregation or precipitation is likely to occur when entering into tissue. There is no particular size limitation when the core-shell particle is utilized in non-biomedical applications, purification for example. However, it may be difficult to modify the particle and the shell may easily peel when the diameter is too large.

The core-shell structure of the invention can be synthesized by surface seeding magnetic particle, followed by shell growing catalyzed by the seeded surface. The magnetic particle can be prepared by chemical coprecipitation. In the following, preparation of the magnetic particle will be explained by reference to iron-oxide nanoparticle. It should be noted, however, the magnetic particle can be prepared by other known methods and the material of the magnetic particle is not limited to iron oxide.

An aqueous solution comprising Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions in a ratio of about 1:2-1:3 is provided. Acid such as HCl can be optionally added to the aqueous solution to increase the Fe2+ and Fe3+ ion concentration. The pH value of the aqueous solution is adjusted to 12 or higher with alkali to improve iron oxide nanoparticle formation. The alkali may comprise an organic base or an inorganic base. The inorganic base is preferably an alkali metal hydroxide, such as NaOH.

Iron oxide nanoparticles are formed by subjecting the aqueous solution to ultrasonic vibration at about 40~70°C. Iron oxide nanoparticles are collected by a magnet. The iron oxide nanoparticles comprise Fe3O4 and/or Fe2O3 as a diameter of about 5~100nm, preferably about 5-40nm. Such diameter iron oxide has superparamagnetic characteristics.

FIGS 1A~1D show an exemplary method of forming core-shell nanoparticle of the invention.

In FIG. 1A, a magnetic nanoparticle 10, such as iron oxide nanoparticle as synthesized herein, is dispersed into an aqueous solution. A physical or chemical treatment may be applied to improve the magnetic nanoparticle 10 in aqueous solution dispersion. The physical treatment may comprise ultrasonic vibration, and the chemical treatment may comprise the use of surfactant.

A metal seed layer 20 is then formed on the magnetic nanoparticle 10, as shown in FIG. 1B. The metal seed layer 20 may comprise Sn, used as a linker or nucleation site to improve metal reduction during subsequent shell formation.

An electrolyte comprising metal ions and a reducing agent are added to the aqueous solution to form a core-shell nanoparticle 40, as shown in FIG. 1C. The electrolyte may comprise AuCl3 and the reducing agent may comprise formaldehyde. The core-shell nanoparticle 40 thus formed is preferably collected by a magnet.

Absorption wavelength of the core-shell nanoparticle 40 can be tuned by different gold layer 30 thicknesses. By controlling the weight ratio of the magnetic core 10 to the shell 30, the shell thickness for the desired absorption region can be obtained. Taking iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle as an example, the weight ratio of iron oxide core to gold shell is preferably about 1:0.03-1:10.

Furthermore, the core-shell nanoparticle 40 can be modified with a modifier, as shown in FIG. 1D, to provide a functionalized surface. It is preferable that the functionalized surface is capable of forming biological functionality. When the modifier is 3-mercaptopropionic acid and the nanoparticle 40 is iron oxide-gold core-shell, it is modified as FIG. 2A. When the modifier is 2-aminoethanethiol and the nanoparticle 40 is iron oxide-gold core-shell, it is modified as FIG. 2B. The modified core-shell nanoparticle can be reacted with protein for tissue specific targeting.

Without intending to limit it in any manner, the present invention will be further illustrated by the following examples.

Example 1: Nanoparticle

An aqueous solution comprising Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions in a ratio of about 1M:2M was provided. 850µm of 18M HCl was added to the aqueous solution. The pH value of the aqueous solution was adjusted to above 12 by adding 5M NaOH to improve iron oxide nanoparticle formation.

Next, the solution was subjected to ultrasonic vibration at about 50°C for 50 minutes. The resulting iron oxide nanoparticle having a diameter of about 7±2.1nm was collected by a magnet.

The iron oxide nanoparticle was identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and vibration sampling magnetometer (VSM). The result is disclosed as follows:

  • FIG. 3 is a XRD diagram of the iron oxide nanoparticle. It shows that the iron oxide nanoparticle comprises Fe3O4 diffraction peak.
  • FIGS. 4 and 5 are respectively SEM and TEM pictures of the iron oxide nanoparticle. They show the iron oxide nanoparticle having a diameter is about 5~40nm.
  • FIG. 6 is a SAXS diagram of the iron oxide nanoparticle. It shows that the iron oxide nanoparticle has a diameter of about 8.4nm.
  • FIG. 7 is a VSM diagram of the iron oxide nanoparticle. It shows that the iron oxide nanoparticle has a magnetization of about 54.6emu/g, and thus the iron oxide nanoparticle is superparamagnetic.

Examples 2~10: Core-Shell Nanoparticle

Iron oxide nanoparticles of Example 2~10 were formed as follows:

An iron oxide nanoparticle was dispersed to an aqueous solution and an ultrasonic vibration treatment applied to the aqueous solution to improve the iron oxide nanoparticle dispersion. 2.5*10-3 M SnCl2 was added into the aqueous solution to form a Sn metal seed layer on the iron oxide nanoparticle surface. 25 mM AuCl3 and 15 mM K2CO3 were reacted overnight and added to the aqueous solution, with the Au to iron oxide weight ratio shown in Table 1. Formaldehyde was added to the aqueous solution to form an iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle. The iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle was collected by a magnet. The absorption spectrums and TEM pictures of Example 2~10 are listed in Table 1. Table 1 iron oxide:Au Absorption Spectrum TEM Example 2 1:0.03 FIG. 8 Example 3 1:0.04 FIG. 9 FIG. 17 Example 4 1:0.05 FIG. 10 FIG. 18 Example 5 1:0.06 FIG. 11 Example 6 1:0.1 FIG. 12 Example 7 1:0.2 FIG. 13 Example 8 1:1 FIG. 14 FIG. 19 Example 9 1:5 FIG. 15 Example 10 1:10 FIG. 16 FIG. 20

FIGS. 8~16 are absorption spectrums of the iron oxide nanoparticle. They show the iron oxide nanoparticles NIR absorption peaks excited by VU.

FIGS. 17~20 are TEM pictures of the iron oxide nanoparticle. They show the iron oxide nanoparticle has a diameter of about 10~50nm.

Example 11: Modified Core-Shell Nanoparticle

Iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticles of Example 3 were modified with 10 mM 3-mercaptopropionic acid at room temperature for 2 hours to form a COOH group on the iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle surface, which was collected by a magnet with about 7.5% yield. Its IR spectrum is shown in FIG. 21.

Example 12: Modified Core-Shell Nanoparticle

Iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticles of Example 10 were modified with 10 mM 3-mercaptopropionic acid at room temperature for 2 hours to form a COOH group on the iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle surface, which was collected by a magnet with about 75% yield. Its IR spectrum is shown in FIG. 22.

Examples 13: Modified Core-Shell Nanoparticle

Iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticles of Example 3 were modified with 10 mM 2-aminoethanethiol at room temperature for 2 hours to form a NH2 group on the iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle surface, which was collected by a magnet with about 77% yield. Its IR spectrum is shown in FIG. 23.

Example 14: Modified Core-Shell Nanoparticle

Iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticles of Example 10 were modified with 10 mM 2-aminoethanethiol at room temperature for 2 hours to form a NH2 group on the iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle surface, which was collected by a magnet with about 77% yield. Its IR spectrum is shown in FIG. 24.

The core-shell structure having magnetic, thermal, and optical characteristics in accordance with the invention comprises the following features:

  1. 1. The core-shell structure can be used in many fields based on their magnetic, optical and thermal characteristics, such as NMR developer, specific tissue identification developer, purification and magnetic thermal therapy (hyperthermia).
  2. 2. The optical absorption band is tailorable by choice of the mixing ratio of the core/shell component to give the desired shell thickness.
  3. 3. The core-shell structure is easily modified, and thus it is suitable for a wide variety of targeting therapies.
  4. 4. The core and shell of the present invention are bonded via chemical bonding, and thus the shell does not easily peel.

While the invention has been described by way of example and in terms of preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. To the contrary, it is intended to cover various modifications and similar arrangements (as would be apparent to those skilled in the art). Therefore, the scope of the appended claims should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar arrangements.


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A core-shell structure having magnetic, exothermic, and light absorption behaviors. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein the core has magnetic and optionally exothermic behaviors. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 2, wherein the core has superparamagnetic behaviors. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein the core comprises at least one of Fe, Co, Ni, and oxides thereof. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein the shell has optical absorption and optionally exothermic behaviors. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 5, wherein the shell has at least one of ultraviolet (UV), near-infrared (NIR), and visible (VIS) light absorption. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein the shell comprises at least one of Au, Pt, and Ag. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein the core-shell structure is a core-shell nanoparticle. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein the core has a diameter of about 5-100 nm, and the shell is about 1-50nm thick. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 1, wherein the shell has a functionalized surface. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 10, wherein the shell has a functionalized surface capable of forming biological functionality. A core-shell structure with magnetic, thermal, and optical characteristics, comprising an iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticle having magnetic, exothermic, and light absorption behaviors. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 12, wherein the iron oxide core has superparamagnetic behaviors. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 13, wherein the gold shell has at least one of UV, NIR, and VIS absorption. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 12, wherein the core-shell nanoparticle has a diameter of about 6-150 nm. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 12, wherein the core-shell nanoparticle comprises a functionalized surface. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 16, wherein the core-shell nanoparticle comprises a functionalized surface capable of forming biological functionality. The core-shell structure as claimed in claim 17, wherein the core-shell nanoparticle has a -S-R-COO- or -S-R-NH2 group where R represents alkylene. A method for manufacturing a core-shell structure with magnetic, thermal, and optical characteristics, comprising the steps of: providing a magnetic nanoparticle; surface seeding the magnetic nanoparticle; and depositing a shell having optical absorption behaviors on the magnetic nanoparticle by reducing metal ions under catalysis of the seeded surface, thereby forming the core-shell structure. The method as claimed in claim 19, wherein the step of providing a magnetic nanoparticle comprises dispersing the magnetic nanoparticle in an aqueous solution. The method as claimed in claim 20, wherein the step of dispersing the magnetic nanoparticle comprises a physical or chemical treatment. The method as claimed in claim 19, wherein the nanoparticle has superparamagnetic behaviors. The method as claimed in claim 19, wherein the magnetic nanoparticle comprises at least one of Fe, Co, Ni, and oxides thereof. The method as claimed in claim 19, wherein the surface seeding comprises Sn or Pt seeding. The method as claimed in claim 19, wherein the step of depositing a shell comprises using a reducing agent and a solution containing the metal ions. The method as claimed in claim 19, further comprising controlling the ratio of the metal ions to the magnetic nanoparticle to deposit the shell to a predetermined thickness, thereby providing a desired optical absorption band. The method as claimed in claim 26, wherein the shell has at least one of UV, NIR, and VIS absorption. The method as claimed in claim 19, wherein the shell comprises at least one of Au, Pt, and Ag. The method as claimed in claim 19, further comprising modifying the shell by forming a functional group on the shell. The method as claimed in claim 29, wherein the functional group is capable of forming biological functionality. The method as claimed in claim 19, further comprising collecting the core-shell structure by a magnet.






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