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Confinement of Dyes inside Boron Nitride Nanotubes: Photostable and Shifted Fluorescence down to the Near Infrared

Allard, Charlotte and Schué, Léonard and Fossard, Frédéric and Recher, Gaëlle and Nascimento, Rafaella and Flahaut, Emmanuel and Loiseau, Annick and Desjardins, Patrick and Martel, Richard and Gaufrès, Etienne Confinement of Dyes inside Boron Nitride Nanotubes: Photostable and Shifted Fluorescence down to the Near Infrared. (2020) Advanced Materials (2001429). 1-10. ISSN 0935-9648

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202001429


Fluorescence is ubiquitous in life science and used in many fields of research ranging from ecology to medicine. Among the most common fluorogenic compounds, dyes are being exploited in bioimaging for their outstanding optical properties from UV down to the near IR (NIR). However, dye molecules are often toxic to living organisms and photodegradable, which limits the time window for in vivo experiments. Here, it is demonstrated that organic dye molecules are passivated and photostable when they are encapsulated inside a boron nitride nanotube (dyes@BNNT). The results show that the BNNTs drive an aggregation of the encapsulated dyes, which induces a redshifted fluorescence from visible to NIR‐II. The fluorescence remains strong and stable, exempt of bleaching and blinking, over a time scale longer than that of free dyes by more than 104. This passivation also reduces the toxicity of the dyes and induces exceptional chemical robustness, even in harsh conditions. These properties are highlighted in bioimaging where the dyes@BNNT nanohybrids are used as fluorescent nanoprobes for in vivo monitoring of Daphnia Pulex microorganisms and for diffusion tracking on human hepatoblastoma cells with two‐photon imaging.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02877816
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (CANADA)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut d'optique Graduate School - IOGS (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales - ONERA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Paris-Saclay (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Montréal - UdeM (CANADA)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Bordeaux (FRANCE)
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Canada Research Chairs - Canada foundation for innovation
Deposited On:22 Jun 2020 14:53

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