Phosphorescent Imaging of Living Cells Using a Cyclometalated Iridium(III) Complex

Edmond Dik Lung MA*, Hai Jing Zhong, Wai Chung Fu, Daniel Shiu Hin Chan, Hiu Yee Kwan, David Wang Fun Fong, Lai Hon Chung, Chun Yuen Wong, Chung Hang Leung

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A cell permeable cyclometalated iridium(III) complex has been developed as a phosphorescent probe for cell imaging. The iridium(III) solvato complex [Ir(phq)2(H2O]2)] preferentially stains the cytoplasm of both live and dead cells with a bright luminescence.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere55751
Number of pages8
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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