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Bioimaging based on fluorescent carbon dots

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Nanosized fluorescent carbon particles, namely, carbon dots (CDs), are a kind of fluorescent material that has drawn increasing attention in recent years. CDs have size-, surface chemistry-, and wavelength-dependent luminescence emission, which is different from traditional semiconductor-based quantum dots. Moreover, with excellent chemical stability, good biocompatibility, low toxicity, up-conversion emission, resistance to photo bleaching, as well as easy chemical modifications, CDs are promising for substantial applications in numerous areas: bioimaging, sensors, and energy-related devices. Herein, three kinds of fluorescent dots are reviewed: graphene quantum dots (GQDs), carbon nanodots (CNDs) and polymer dots (PDs). After the first reported CDs prepared from electrophoretic analysis and purification of fluorescent carbon nanotube fragments, there were hundreds of publications focusing on fluorescent CDs. Bioimaging was one of the most common applications of the CDs; therefore, in this review, most of the chosen reference papers were related to bioimaging based on CDs.

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The article was received on 27 Dec 2013, accepted on 19 May 2014 and first published on 29 May 2014

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47994C
Citation: RSC Adv., 2014,4, 27184-27200

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    Bioimaging based on fluorescent carbon dots

    Y. Song, S. Zhu and B. Yang, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 27184
    DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47994C

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