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.
- Up-converting phosphors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Materials Science (miscellaneous)
- Engineering (miscellaneous)