Near-infrared luminescent cubic silicon carbide nanocrystals for in vivo biomarker applications: An ab initio study

Bálint Somogyi, Viktor Zólyomi, Adam Gali

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Molecule-sized fluorescent emitters are much sought-after to probe biomolecules in living cells. We demonstrate here by time-dependent density functional calculations that the experimentally achievable 1-2 nm sized silicon carbide nanocrystals can emit light in the near-infrared region after introducing appropriate color centers in them. These near-infrared luminescent silicon carbide nanocrystals may act as ideal fluorophores for in vivo bioimaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7720-7726
Number of pages7
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012


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  • Materials Science(all)

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