Luminescent Metal Nanoclusters for Potential Chemosensor Applications
AbstractStudies of metal nanocluster (M-NCs)-based sensors for specific analyte detection have achieved significant progress in recent decades. Ultra-small-size (<2 nm) M-NCs consist of several to a few hundred metal atoms and exhibit extraordinary physical and chemical properties. Similar to organic molecules, M-NCs display absorption and emission properties via electronic transitions between energy levels upon interaction with light. As such, researchers tend to apply M-NCs in diverse fields, such as in chemosensors, biological imaging, catalysis, and environmental and electronic devices. Chemo- and bio-sensory uses have been extensively explored with luminescent NCs of Au, Ag, Cu, and Pt as potential sensory materials. Luminescent bi-metallic NCs, such as Au-Ag, Au-Cu, Au-Pd, and Au-Pt have also been used as probes in chemosensory investigations. Both metallic and bi-metallic NCs have been utilized to detect various analytes, such as metal ions, anions, biomolecules, proteins, acidity or alkalinity of a solution (pH), and nucleic acids, at diverse detection ranges and limits. In this review, we have summarized the chemosensory applications of luminescent M-NCs and bi-metallic NCs. View Full-Text
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Shellaiah, M.; Sun, K.W. Luminescent Metal Nanoclusters for Potential Chemosensor Applications. Chemosensors 2017, 5, 36.
Shellaiah M, Sun KW. Luminescent Metal Nanoclusters for Potential Chemosensor Applications. Chemosensors. 2017; 5(4):36.Chicago/Turabian Style
Shellaiah, Muthaiah; Sun, Kien W. 2017. "Luminescent Metal Nanoclusters for Potential Chemosensor Applications." Chemosensors 5, no. 4: 36.
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