New materials for cancer imaging and therapy
2018-03-12T23:10:35Z (GMT) by
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.