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Near-infrared luminescent cubic silicon carbide nanocrystals for in vivo biomarker applications: an ab initio study

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Abstract

Molecule-sized fluorescent emitters are much sought-after to probe biomolecules in living cells. We demonstrate here by time-dependent density functional calculations that the experimentally achievable 1–2 nm sized silicon carbide nanocrystals can emit light in the near-infrared region after introducing appropriate color centers in them. These near-infrared luminescent silicon carbide nanocrystals may act as ideal fluorophores for in vivo bioimaging.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared luminescent cubic silicon carbide nanocrystals for in vivo biomarker applications: an ab initio study

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2012, accepted on 18 Oct 2012 and first published on 23 Oct 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR32442C
Citation: Nanoscale, 2012,4, 7720-7726
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    Near-infrared luminescent cubic silicon carbide nanocrystals for in vivo biomarker applications: an ab initio study

    B. Somogyi, V. Zólyomi and A. Gali, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 7720
    DOI: 10.1039/C2NR32442C

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