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Carbon dots with induced surface oxidation permits imaging at single-particle level for intracellular studies.

A new interesting article has been published in Nanoscale. 2018 Oct 21;10(39):18510-18519. doi: 10.1039/c8nr04065f. Epub 2018 Aug 23. and titled:

Carbon dots with induced surface oxidation permits imaging at single-particle level for intracellular studies.

Authors of this article are:

Misra SK , Srivastava I , Khamo JS , Krishnamurthy VV , Sar D , Schwartz-Duval AS , Soares JANT , Zhang K , Pan D .

A summary of the article is shown below:

For robust single particle optical detection, a high sensitivity in photoluminescence (PL) of Carbon Dots (CDs) must be achieved. PL sensitivity can be successfully correlated with their surface chemistry but requires high synthetic control without altering their basic surface properties. Here we describe conditions for the controlled synthesis of CDs that resulted in a PL sensitivity at the single-particle level. We report that a stoichiometric catalyst N-methyl morpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) can be used as a ‘sacrificial’ single additive to aid nanoscale surface oxidation. A 24 h NMMO-mediated oxidation increased coverage of oxidized nanoscale surface 3% to 20.9%. NMMO-oxidized CDs (CD-NMMOs) display superior particle brightness, as evidenced by the increase of light absorbance and an enhancement of quantum yield which is characterized by a series of physicochemical and biophysical experiments. We also demonstrate that CD-NMMOs is well suited for intracellular and single-particle imaging.

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