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Title: Optimizing the synthesis of red- and near-infrared CuInS2 and AgInS2 semiconductor nanocrystals for bioimaging
Authors: Liu, L
Hu, R
Law, WC
Roy, I
Zhu, J
Ye, L
Hu, S
Zhang, X
Yong, KT
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Analyst, 2013, v. 138, no. 20, p. 6144-6153
Abstract: This work reports the study of optimization of the reaction parameters on the synthesis of high quality CuInS2 and AgInS2 nanocrystals for bioimaging applications. The concentration of reaction precursors (e.g. Ag, Cu, In and S) plays a key role in determining the emission profile of these ternary quantum dots (QDs). By carefully varying the precursor compositions, the emission of QD can be tuned from red to near infrared (NIR) region. Taking the advantages of NIR emission, which possesses minimal absorption in biological tissues, we have also prepared water-dispersible CuInS2/ZnS and AgInS2/ZnS nanocrystals and demonstrated the high biocompatibility for both deep tissue penetration and tumor targeting. The QDs were stabilized in Pluronic F127 block copolymer micelles, offering us optically and colloidally stable contrast agents for in vitro and in vivo imaging. Two-photon excitation of QD has also been demonstrated, accomplishing a NIR-to-NIR transaction. This study devotes the key steps in promoting the use of ternary QDs as low-toxic, photostable, and cadmium-free semiconductor nanocrystal formulation for multiple imaging applications.
Publisher: Royal Soc Chemistry
Journal: Analyst 
ISSN: 0003-2654
DOI: 10.1039/c3an01030a
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