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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Norah O'Farrell,
Professor Andrew Houlton,
Dr Ben Horrocks
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
In this review, we describe the synthesis, physical properties, surface functionalization, and biological applications of silicon nanoparticles (also known as quantum dots). We compare them against current technologies, such as fluorescent organic dyes and heavy metal chalcogenide-based quantum dots. In particular, we examine the many different methods that can be used to both create and modify these nanoparticles and the advantages they may have over current technologies that have stimulated research into designing silicon nanoparticles for in vitro and in vivo applications.
Author(s): O'Farrell N, Houlton A, Horrocks BR
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Print publication date: 01/01/2006
ISSN (print): 1176-9114
ISSN (electronic): 1178-2013
Publisher: DOVE MEDICAL PRESS LTD