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Silicon nanocrystals for the development of sensing platforms

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Abstract

Using quantum dots (QDs) in the development of fluorescence based sensors has increased over the past decade because of the unique properties of these materials. However, most demonstrated sensors have been developed based upon cadmium containing QDs that can be toxic. Alternative QD materials that have been gaining attention for sensor development are silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs); they are non-toxic and abundant, and their properties are tailorable. This review outlines the general sensing mechanisms employed for the development of QD based sensors, examples of developed SiNC sensors, and will finally conclude with future prospects of using SiNCs as sensors.

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The article was received on 19 Mar 2016, accepted on 27 Apr 2016 and first published on 05 May 2016


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC01159D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 4836-4846
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    Silicon nanocrystals for the development of sensing platforms

    C. M. Gonzalez and J. G. C. Veinot, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 4836
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TC01159D

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