About this Research Topic
Luminescent nanomaterials have attracted recent attention as imaging and therapeutic agents for biomedical science because they provide the advantages of non-invasion, high brightness, and easy biofunctionalization. This type of nanomaterial has become a powerful tool for visualizing tissues with cellular or sub-cellular resolution and mapping molecular events, and thus shows great potential in precision medicine that seeks to tailor specific therapies to individual patients. For application in precision medicine, the material interaction within living systems should also be considered and evaluated, which includes research on the material interface and photothermal effect in the physiological environment.
This Research Topic intends to present the cutting-edge of functionally developed luminescent nanomaterials with potential translational values, as well as the material interaction within living systems. The studies will contribute to the first-hand data in this field, providing a good reference for the clinical applications of the luminescent nanomaterials. This collection also encourages scientists to develop novel luminescent nanomaterials for the precise treatment of human diseases, and to explore the luminous mechanisms of these materials.
This Research Topic is an international and interdisciplinary forum on valuable issues facing the application of luminescent nanomaterials with translational values. We sincerely welcome high-quality original research and review papers addressing this topic. Possible research themes include, but are not limited to:
• Design and synthesis of novel luminescent nanomaterials (quantum dots, upconversion nanoparticles, dye-doped nanoparticles, and other luminescent nanomaterials, including gold nanoclusters, carbon-based nanomaterials, persistent luminescence nanoparticles, and porous silicon nanoparticles), including the materials derived from chemical synthesis, processing, or modifications
• The photothermal effect induced by luminescent nanomaterials
• The biomedical research and clinical applications of luminescent nanomaterials, such as diagnosis and treatment
• Material interactions within living systems (cells, tissues, organisms, humans), such as the kinetic model of luminescent nanomaterials uptake by cells; the portals and mechanisms of luminescent nanomaterial uptake by various cells; mapping of the spatiotemporal pathways utilized by luminescent nanomaterials in cells; understanding the rules governing material-biomolecule interaction
Keywords: Luminescent nanomaterials, Precision medicine, Bioimaging, Photothermal effect, Translational medicine
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