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Nanoscale optical probes for cellular imaging

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Abstract

Nanomaterials with unique optical properties have shown great promise as probes for cellular imaging. Based on these properties, a wide range of plasmonic, fluorescent and Raman probes have been designed and prepared. Nanomaterials of different sizes and shapes have also been functionalized with various types of biomolecules, such as antibodies, DNA or RNA, which are actively exploited to realize targeted imaging. In this review, we will summarize recent advances in using functional nanomaterials for imaging, primarily cellular imaging. These nanomaterials are categorized based on their conducting properties, i.e. conductors, semiconductors and insulators.

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The article was received on 26 Aug 2013 and first published on 06 Jan 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60309A
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 2650-2661

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    Nanoscale optical probes for cellular imaging

    H. Xu, Q. Li, L. Wang, Y. He, J. Shi, B. Tang and C. Fan, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 2650
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60309A

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