Microwave-assisted synthesis of biofunctional and fluorescent silicon nanoparticles using proteins as hydrophilic ligands.

Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials, FUNSOM and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-based Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (Impact Factor: 11.34). 07/2012; 51(34):8485-9. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201202085
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ABSTRACT Protective shell: A microwave-assisted method allows rapid production of biofunctional and fluorescent silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs), which can be used for cell labeling. Such SiNPs feature excellent aqueous dispersibility, are strongly fluorescent, storable, photostable, stable at different pH values, and biocompatible. The method opens new avenues for designing multifunctional SiNPs and related silicon nanostructures.

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