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Recent insights into near-infrared light-responsive carbon dots for bioimaging and cancer phototherapy

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Abstract

As a new class of near-infrared (NIR) light-responsive optical nanomaterials, NIR-responsive carbon dots (CDs) have received much attention for bioimaging and cancer therapy, because of their excellent optical properties, diverse structure, facile surface modification and good biocompatibility. In this mini review, the current developments of NIR-responsive CDs as bioimaging and phototherapy agents are summarized and highlighted, including their categorization and synthetic strategies, as well as their applications in fluorescence imaging, photoacoustic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and photothermal and photodynamic therapy. Moreover, a number of current challenges and perspectives on the development of NIR-responsive CDs for future cancer nanotheranostics are also discussed.

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The article was received on 23 Feb 2019, accepted on 31 Mar 2019 and first published on 02 Apr 2019


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9QI00201D
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article

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    Recent insights into near-infrared light-responsive carbon dots for bioimaging and cancer phototherapy

    B. Zhou, Z. Guo, Z. Lin, L. Zhang, B. Jiang and X. Shen, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9QI00201D

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