Zhang, W.; Lu, Y.; Zang, Y.; Han, J.; Xiong, Q.; Xiong, J. SiO2 Coated Up-Conversion Nanomaterial Doped with Ag Nanoparticles for Micro-CT Imaging. Nanomaterials2021, 11, 3395.
Zhang, W.; Lu, Y.; Zang, Y.; Han, J.; Xiong, Q.; Xiong, J. SiO2 Coated Up-Conversion Nanomaterial Doped with Ag Nanoparticles for Micro-CT Imaging. Nanomaterials 2021, 11, 3395.
In this study, a new method for synthesizing Ag-NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ @ SiO2 nanocomposites was introduced. Using a hydrothermal method, the synthesized Yb3+- and Er3+-codoped NaYF4 upconversion luminescent materials and Ag nanoparticles were doped into upconversion nanomaterials and coated with SiO2 up-conversion nanomaterials. This material is known as Ag-UCNPs-SiO2’ it improves both the luminous intensity because of the doped Ag nanoparticles and has low cytotoxicity because of the SiO2 coating. The morphology of UCNPs was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the mapping confirmed the successful doping of Ag nanoparticles. Successful coating of SiO2 was confirmed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fluorescence spectra were used to compare changes in luminescence intensity before and after doping Ag nanoparticles. The reason for the increase in luminescence intensity after doping with Ag nanoparticles was simulated using first-principles calculations. The cytotoxicity of Ag-UCNPs-SiO2 was tested via the cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) method, and its imaging ability was characterized using the micro-CT method.
up-conversion; nanomaterials; CT imaging
MATERIALS SCIENCE, Biomaterials
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