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Amplified luminescence in organo-curium nanocrystal hybrids

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We present the first report of ligand-sensitized, actinide luminescence in a lanthanide nanoparticle host. Amplified luminescence of 248Cm3+ doped in a NaGdF4 lattice is achieved through optical pumping of a surface-localized metal chelator, 3,4,3-LI(1,2-HOPO), capable of sensitizing Cm3+ excited states. The data suggest the possibility of using such materials in theranostic applications, with a ligand-sensitized actinide or radio-lanthanide serving the dual roles of a nuclear decay source for radiotherapeutics, and as a luminescent center or energy transfer conduit to another emissive metal ion, for biological imaging.

Graphical abstract: Amplified luminescence in organo-curium nanocrystal hybrids

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13 Feb 2019
02 Apr 2019
First published
10 Apr 2019

Nanoscale, 2019,11, 7609-7612
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Amplified luminescence in organo-curium nanocrystal hybrids

P. Agbo, A. Müller, L. Arnedo-Sanchez, P. Ercius, A. M. Minor and R. J. Abergel, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 7609
DOI: 10.1039/C9NR01360A

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