Biocompatible organic charge transfer complex nanoparticles based on a semi-crystalline cellulose template

Atsushi Nagai, Jason B. Miller, Jia Du, Petra Kos, Mihaela C. Stefan, Daniel J. Siegwart

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Abstract

Using a bio-inspired cellulose template, new charge transfer (CT) nanoparticles (NPs) with unique and intriguing emission properties are reported. Pyrene-modified 2,3-di-O-methyl cellulose formed CT complexes with small molecule acceptors, e.g. 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), and exhibited aggregation-induced emission (AIE) in aqueous medium upon nanoparticle formation. The TCNQ-CT NPs showed multicolor fluorescence emissions at 370-400 nm, 602 nm and 777 nm, when excited at 330 nm, 485 nm and 620 nm respectively. The cellulose-TCNQ NPs are biocompatible and demonstrate an advance in the use of the CT mechanism for biomedical imaging applications both in vitro and in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11868-11871
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Volume51
Issue number59
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 2015

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Cellulose
Charge transfer
Nanoparticles
Crystalline materials
Methylcellulose
Pyrene
Agglomeration
Fluorescence
Imaging techniques
Molecules
tetracyanoquinodimethane

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys

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Biocompatible organic charge transfer complex nanoparticles based on a semi-crystalline cellulose template. / Nagai, Atsushi; Miller, Jason B.; Du, Jia; Kos, Petra; Stefan, Mihaela C.; Siegwart, Daniel J.

In: Chemical Communications, Vol. 51, No. 59, 28.07.2015, p. 11868-11871.

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Nagai, Atsushi ; Miller, Jason B. ; Du, Jia ; Kos, Petra ; Stefan, Mihaela C. ; Siegwart, Daniel J. / Biocompatible organic charge transfer complex nanoparticles based on a semi-crystalline cellulose template. In: Chemical Communications. 2015 ; Vol. 51, No. 59. pp. 11868-11871.
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