Biocompatibility evaluation of boron nitride nanotubes

Özlem Şen, Melis Emanet, Mustafa Çulha

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Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are increasingly gaining attention because of their unique physicochemical features, including high resistance to oxidation and heating, constant electric properties, high hydrophobicity, and considerable hydrogen storage capacity. As a consequence, they found plenty of applications in a wide range of research fields. Especially, they are being investigated for possible medical and biomedical applications, including gene delivery, drug delivery, neutron capture therapy, and more generally as biomaterials. Their biocompatibility is therefore a critical point that needs to be clarified. In this chapter, the biocompatibility studies on BNNTs are summarized, focusing on experimental approaches, surface modifications, and concentration-dependent toxicity investigations. Finally, a perspective of the future exploitation of these novel nanomaterials in possible medical and biomedical applications is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBoron Nitride Nanotubes in Nanomedicine
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780323389600
ISBN (Print)9780323389457
StatePublished - Apr 21 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Boron nitride nanotubes
  • In vitro cytocompatibility
  • In vivo biocompatibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions(all)


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