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LiAl5O8:Fe3+ and LiAl5O8:Fe3+, Nd3+ as a New Luminescent Nanothermometer Operating in 1st Biological Optical Window

Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Okólna 2, 50-422 Wroclaw, Poland
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, ul. Norwida 25, 50-375 Wroclaw, Poland
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Nanomaterials 2020, 10(2), 189;
Received: 11 December 2019 / Revised: 4 January 2020 / Accepted: 20 January 2020 / Published: 22 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Luminescent Rare-Earth-Based Nanomaterials)
New types of contactless luminescence nanothermometers, namely, LiAl5O8:Fe3+ and LiAl5O8:Fe3+, Nd3+ are presented for the first time, revealing the potential for applications in biological systems. The temperature-sensing capability of the nanocrystals was analyzed in wide range of temperature (−150 to 300 °C). The emission intensity of the Fe3+ ions is affected by the change in temperature, which induces quenching of the 4T1 (4G) → 6A1 (6S) Fe3+ transition situated in the 1st biological window. The highest relative sensitivity in the temperature range (0 to 50 °C) was found to be 0.82% °C (at 26 °C) for LiAl5O8: 0.05% Fe3+ nanoparticles that are characterized by long luminescent lifetime of 5.64 ms. In the range of low and high temperatures the Smax was calculated for LiAl5O8:0.5% Fe3+ to be 0.92% °C at −100 °C and for LiAl5O8:0.01% Fe3+ to be 0.79% °C at 150 °C. The cytotoxicity assessment carried out on the LiAl5O8:Fe3+ nanocrystals, demonstrated that they are biocompatible and may be utilized for in vivo temperature sensing. The ratiometric luminescent nanothermometer, LiAl5O8:Fe3+, Nd3+, which was used as a reference, possesses an Smax = 0.56%/°C at −80 °C, upon separate excitation of Fe3+ and Nd3+ ions using 266 nm and 808 nm light, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: iron; LiAl5O8 nanocrystals; luminescent thermometry iron; LiAl5O8 nanocrystals; luminescent thermometry
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Kniec, K.; Tikhomirov, M.; Pozniak, B.; Ledwa, K.; Marciniak, L. LiAl5O8:Fe3+ and LiAl5O8:Fe3+, Nd3+ as a New Luminescent Nanothermometer Operating in 1st Biological Optical Window. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 189.

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