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Developing luminescent silver nanodots for biological applications

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Though creation and characterization of water soluble luminescent silver nanodots were achieved only in the past decade, a large variety of emitters in diverse scaffolds have been reported. Photophysical properties approach those of semiconductor quantum dots, but relatively small sizes are retained. Because of these properties, silver nanodots are finding ever-expanding roles as probes and biolabels. In this critical review we revisit the studies on silver nanodots in inert environments and in aqueous solutions. The recent advances detailing their chemical and physical properties of silver nanodots are highlighted with an effort to decipher the relations between their chemical/photophysical properties and their structures. The primary results about their biological applications are discussed here as well, especially relating to their chemical and photophysical behaviours in biological environments (216 references).

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2011 and first published on 11 Nov 2011

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15226B
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 1867-1891

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    Developing luminescent silver nanodots for biological applications

    S. Choi, R. M. Dickson and J. Yu, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 1867
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15226B

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