Inorganic lanthanide nanophosphors in biotechnology

Dosi Dosev, Mikaela Nichkova, Ian M. Kennedy

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Recently different types of fluorescent nanoparticles and other nanostructures have been promoted as alternatives for the fluorescent organic dyes that are traditionally used in biotechnology. Quantum dots, dye-doped polymer and silica particles have found many applications in biochemical protocols and are extensively discussed in the literature. Nanostructures based on inorganic phosphors (nanophosphors) are a new emerging class of materials with unique properties that make them very attractive for bio-application. Some results for the successful application of nanophosphors in biochemical applications have been reported. In this review we summarize the types of materials, their properties that are relevant to bio-applications, and the current status of their implementation in biotechnology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1052-1067
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Bioimaging
  • Biosensors
  • DNA
  • Fluorescence
  • Immunoassay
  • Luminescence
  • Microarrays
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanoparticles
  • Up-converting phosphors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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