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Adv Mater. 2013 Oct 4;25(37):5287-303. doi: 10.1002/adma.201301946. Epub 2013 Aug 23.

Upconversion-nanophosphor-based functional nanocomposites.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Molecular, Engineering of Polymers, Concerted Innovative Center of Chemistry for Energy, Materials, and Institutes of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433, PR China.


Upconversion nanophosphors have the ability to generate visible or near-infrared (NIR) emissions under continuous-wave NIR excitation. Utilizing this special photoluminescent properties, upconversion nanophosphors can be used as key components in complex nanocomposites for a wide range of applications. This review summarizes the basic concept, fabrication strategy, and typical application of upconversion-nanophosphor-based functional nanocomposites. The motivation to design these structures comes from the potential applications in detection, multi-modality bioimaging, and NIR light-induced therapy, as well as the tuning of the upconversion luminescence emissions. This review will give a brief summary of this rapidly developing field, and provide guidance to design and to fabricate new nanocomposites based on upconversion nanophosphors.

Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


bioapplication; lanthanide nanoparticles; multifunction; nanocomposite; upconversion luminescence

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