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Controlled optical characteristics of lanthanide doped upconversion nanoparticles for emerging applications

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Abstract

Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) can convert long wavelength excitation radiation in the near-infrared region to higher energy emission radiation from ultraviolet to near-infrared. The anti-Stokes luminescence process will result in high tissue penetration depth, low background noise and low photo-damage in bioimaging applications. Considering these excellent optical performances, UCNPs have been considered as the next generation of fluorescent probes for sensing and bioimaging based on near-infrared light stimulation. In this mini review, we highlight the recent advances of UCNPs in the field of emerging applications, such as dye sensitized UCNPs, photogene regulation, anti-counterfeiting, and super-resolution imaging, which depend on the optical modulation. Finally, we discuss the challenges and opportunities in the development of these new applications.

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The article was received on 17 Aug 2017, accepted on 13 Oct 2017 and first published on 13 Oct 2017


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03049E
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article
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    Controlled optical characteristics of lanthanide doped upconversion nanoparticles for emerging applications

    X. Ge, J. Liu and L. Sun, Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03049E

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