Luminescent gold nanoclusters for bioimaging applications

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Luminescent nanomaterials have emerged as attractive candidates for sensing, catalysis and bioimaging applications in recent years. For practical use in bioimaging, nanomaterials with high photoluminescence, quantum yield, photostability and large Stokes shifts are needed. While offering high photoluminescence and quantum yield, semiconductor quantum dots suffer from toxicity and are susceptible to oxidation. In this context, atomically precise gold nanoclusters protected by thiol monolayers have emerged as a new class of luminescent nanomaterials. Low toxicity, bioavailability, photostability as well as tunable size, composition, and optoelectronic properties make them suitable for bioimaging and biosensing applications. In this review, an overview of the sensing of pathogens, and of in vitro and in vivo bioimaging using luminescent gold nanoclusters along with the limitations with selected examples are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number42
Pages (from-to) 533–546
Number of pages14
JournalBeilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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    HYBER: The Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research (2014-2019)

    Cherian, T., Nonappa, N., Ikkala, O., Bertula, K., Poutanen, M., Morits, M., Hynninen, V., Myllymäki, T., Toivonen, M., Sohrabi, F., Haataja, J., Sanchez Sanchez, A. & Rissanen, S.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

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