Properties and biological potential of single wall carbon nanohorns (SWCNH)

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Nanohorns (or nanocons) are formed when pentagons are accumulated at the top of the formed nanocarbon structure. hey are a cone formed by one layer of graphene with a diameter of 2–4 nm and a length of 40–50 nm. The review considers the structure of these structures and their properties. The possibilities of using these structures in biology are described in detail.

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Levon B. Piotrovskiy

Institute of Experimental Medicine

Author for correspondence.

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

Dr. Biol. Sci., Professor, Head, Laboratory of Nanotechnology of Drugs, Department of Neuropharmacology

Tatiana A. Kudryavtseva

Institute of Experimental Medicine


Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

PhD (Chemistry), Scientific Researcher, Laboratory of Nanotechnology of Drugs, Department of Neuropharmacology

Elena V. Litasova

Institute of Experimental Medicine


Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

PhD (Pharmacology), Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Nanotechnology of Drugs, Dept of Neuropharmacology


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