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Photochemistry for Biomedical Applications

From Device Fabrication to Diagnosis and Therapy

  • Yoshihiro Ito
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art medical applications of photochemistry

  • Reviews the latest research progress in relevant fields

  • Covers basic principles and applications of photochemistry


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Photochemistry and Photo-Fabrication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Masuki Kawamoto, Yoshihiro Ito
      Pages 3-23
    3. Masuki Kawamoto, Takehisa Matsuda, Yoshihiro Ito
      Pages 25-50
    4. Koji Sugioka, Takehisa Matsuda, Yoshihiro Ito
      Pages 51-82
  3. Applications for Diagnostics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Yoshihiro Ito
      Pages 85-106
    3. Masayuki Yokoyama, Kouichi Shiraishi
      Pages 107-130
  4. Applications for Therapeutics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Naoki Kawazoe, Yoshihiro Ito, Guoping Chen
      Pages 133-177
    3. Kumiko Yoshihara, Yasuhiro Yoshida
      Pages 179-193
    4. Yoshihiro Ito
      Pages 195-230
    5. Yoshihiro Ito
      Pages 231-275
    6. Guoping Chen, Naoki Kawazoe, Yoshihiro Ito
      Pages 277-300
    7. Takahiro Nomoto, Nobuhiro Nishiyama
      Pages 301-313

About this book


This book describes medical applications of photochemistry. In the first part, a general introduction to photochemistry and related phototechnologies is provided. In the second part, photochemistry-based medical applications for diagnostics (biochips and bioimaging) and therapeutics (biomaterials for artificial organs, medical adhesives, dental materials, drug-delivery systems, tissue engineering, and photodynamic therapy) are described, with examples of recent research. 
The year 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is important in many interdisciplinary scientific fields in the twenty-first century. Light-based concepts have revolutionized medicine, including areas such as oncology, molecular biology, and surgery. Although photochemistry has contributed significantly to medicine directly and through photochemical fabrication of biomaterials, a book giving a comprehensive overview of recent progress has not been published until now. The aim of this book is to highlight the contributions of photochemistry in interdisciplinary fields of chemistry and medical engineering. This book will be useful for chemists who are interested in medical applications of photochemistry and engineers who are eager to learn the principles of photochemistry to enable its use in practical applications.


medical applications of photochemistry photochemistry for diagnostics photochemistry for therapeutics photochemical fabrication of biomaterials polymers for drug-delivery systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Yoshihiro Ito
    • 1
  1. 1.RIKENWakoJapan

About the editors

Yoshihiro Ito
Chief Scientist and Director
Nano Medical Engineering Laboratory
Wako, Japan

Professional Activities
Japanese Society of Polymer Sciences(2002-2004: Chairman of Research group for Biomedical Polymers, 2006-present: Director at Kanto Area)
Japanese Society for Biomaterials(2001-present: Council)
Japanese Association for Animal Cell Technology(1999-2000,2010: Member of Organizing Committee for International Congress, 2009-2010: Council)
Association of Combinatorial Bioengineering (2000-present: Secretary)
Japanese Biochemical Society
The Biophysical Society of Japan
The Chemical Society of Japan
American Chemical Society
Japanese Society for Artificial Organs(2011-present: Council)
Japan Society of Drug Delivery System (2006-present: Council)
Japan Bioindustry AssociationThe Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine (2010-present: Council)
The Society for Biotechnology, Japan (2007-present: Council)

Editorial Board
Journal of Biochemistry
Biophysics (Japanese)

2009 The Award of Japanese Society of Biomaterials
2012 Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering

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