Biocompatible luminescent probes for imaging and inhibition of cancers

  • Joan Goetz

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This joint PhD program is part of a collaboration between Hong Kong Baptist University (Dr. Gary K-L Wong) and Laboratoire d'Ingénierie Moléculaire Appliquée à l'Analyse (LIMAA - Dr. Loïc Charbonnière) funded by the Alsace region to synthesize new nanoprobes for sensing, imaging, and inhibiting cancer diseases. The first work was to synthesize new hybrid ultrabright nanoparticles. They have been obtained from a La0.9Tb0.1F3 core and coated by different ligands. Thanks to a mechanism of antenna effect, the brightness of the nanoparticles has been significantly improved. The second work was to synthesize a new ligand to photosensitize water-soluble La0.90Eu0.1F3 nanoparticles in order to improve the emission of europium. A second ligand and new heterometallic nanoparticles have been synthesized with the aim to promote the energy transfer from Tb(III) ions on the surface of the NPs to Eu(III) ions in the core of the nanoparticles and to get a very long excited-state lifetime and an exceptional quantum yield in aqueous solution. The last work was to functionalize water-soluble graphitic-carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanoparticles by porphyrins. The porphyrins have been synthesized to generate singlet oxygen (1O2), to host a Ga3+ ion inside their cavity and with two different linkers to be coupled to nanoparticles. This system aims to be a pH sensor, and a PDT and PET theranostic agent.

Date of Award23 Aug 2018
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorLoïc Charbonniere (Supervisor) & Ka-Leung WONG (Supervisor)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Luminescent probes
  • Cancer
  • Imaging
  • Nanoparticles
  • Diagnostic use

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