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Recent advances in iridium(III) complex-assisted nanomaterials for biological applications

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Abstract

Phosphorescent iridium(III) complexes have gained increasing attention in biological applications owing to their excellent photophysical properties and efficient transportation into live cells. Their advantageous properties make them useful tools for enabling the intracellular detection of many different species for biological and medical applications. In this review, we summarize recent studies on the combination of iridium(III) complexes and nanomaterials for intracellular sensing, drug delivery and photodynamic therapy. Various mechanisms and application modes are described and compared, and the outlook and future directions of this field are discussed as well.

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The article was received on 02 Nov 2017, accepted on 11 Dec 2017 and first published on 11 Dec 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TB02859H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, Advance Article
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    Recent advances in iridium(III) complex-assisted nanomaterials for biological applications

    D. Ma, C. Wu, W. Tang, A. Gupta, F. Lee, G. Li and C. Leung, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TB02859H

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