Fluorescent single-digit detonation nanodiamond for biomedical applications Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Detonation nanodiamonds (DNDs) have emerged as promising candidates for a variety of biomedical applications, thanks to different physicochemical and biological properties, such as small size and reactive surfaces. In this study, we propose carbon dot decorated single digit (4–5 nm diameter) primary particles of detonation nanodiamond as promising fluorescent probes. Due to their intrinsic fluorescence originating from tiny (1–2 atomic layer thickness) carbonaceous structures on their surfaces, they exhibit brightness suitable for in vitro imaging. Moreover, this material offers a unique, cost effective alternative to sub-10 nm nanodiamonds containing fluorescent nitrogen-vacancy color centers, which have not yet been produced at large scale. In this paper, carbon dot decorated nanodiamonds are characterized by several analytical techniques. In addition, the efficient cellular uptake …

publication date

  • January 1, 2018