Carbon dots—Emerging light emitters for bioimaging, cancer therapy and optoelectronics
KAUST Grant NumberKUS-C1-018-02
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Abstract© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Carbon dots represent an emerging class of fluorescent materials and provide a broad application potential in various fields of biomedicine and optoelectronics. In this review, we introduce various synthetic strategies and basic photoluminescence properties of carbon dots, and then address their advanced in vitro and in vivo bioapplications including cell imaging, photoacoustic imaging, photodynamic therapy and targeted drug delivery. We further consider the applicability of carbon dots as components of light emitting diodes, which include carbon dot based electroluminescence, optical down-conversion, and hybrid plasmonic devices. The review concludes with an outlook towards future developments of these emerging light-emitting materials.
CitationHola K, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Giannelis EP, Zboril R, et al. (2014) Carbon dots—Emerging light emitters for bioimaging, cancer therapy and optoelectronics. Nano Today 9: 590–603. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nantod.2014.09.004.
SponsorsThis work was supported by the Operational Program "Research and Development for Innovations-European Regional Development Fund" (CZ.1.0512.1.00103.0058 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic), the Operational Program "Education for Competitiveness-European Social Fund" (CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0155 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic), the project P208/12/G016 by Czech Science Foundation, the Student Project IGA_PrF_2014023 of Palacky University, the Award No. KUS-C1-018-02, made by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong S.A.R. (T23-713/11).