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Electrochemically generated fluorescent fullerene[60] nanoparticles as a new and viable bioimaging platform

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Abstract

Aqueous solutions of fluorescent ultrafine C60 nanoparticles have been successfully prepared by an electrochemical method, which involves reducing a C60 film to C603 anions in the presence of tetrabutylammonium (TBA+) cations in acetonitrile solution and transferring to water. The nanoparticles are highly emissive in the visible region. The structure of the fluorescent C60 nanoparticles was deduced as a ∼5 nm sphere with a solid core of aggregated C60 and an anionic shell of C603, which renders the nanoparticles water soluble. The photostable and nontoxic C60 nanoparticles can easily penetrate into live cells, and are thus primed for a host of biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemically generated fluorescent fullerene[60] nanoparticles as a new and viable bioimaging platform

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The article was received on 01 Aug 2010, accepted on 01 Oct 2010 and first published on 08 Nov 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02492A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 819-823
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    Electrochemically generated fluorescent fullerene[60] nanoparticles as a new and viable bioimaging platform

    Y. E, L. Bai, L. Fan, M. Han, X. Zhang and S. Yang, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 819
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02492A

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