Persistent Luminescence Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications: A Quick Grasp of the Trend

Wai Lun Chan, Zhen Yu Liu, Ka-Leung Wong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Persistent luminescence nanomaterials (PLNMs) have recently come into limelight due to their remarkably long emission lifetime that is excitable ex vivo/in vivo and emissive in biological windows. All this potentiates themselves for better biodistribution mapping, pharmacokinetic evaluation, as well as longitudinal measurement than any other imaging counterparts. Upon combination with other modalities, multifunctional PLNMs have also been reported, such as photodynamic therapy, drug delivery, and bioanalytical sensing. In this chapter, we attempt to introduce readers from a newcomer perspective to the historical development, design and optimization principles, and potential bioapplications of PLNMs, hoping that you can appreciate the long afterglow and, as the chapter title, quickly grasp the trend.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhosphors, Up Conversion Nano Particles, Quantum Dots and Their Applications
EditorsRu-Shi Liu
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789811015908
ISBN (Print)9789811015892, 9789811093944
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
  • Thermally Stimulate Luminescence
  • Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Efficiency
  • Persistent Luminescence
  • Strontium Aluminate


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