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Near-infrared (NIR) emitting conjugated polymers for biomedical applications (Presentation Recording)
Author(s): Tatjana Repenko; Alexander J. C. Kuehne

Paper Abstract

Fluorescent biomedical markers of today such as dye-infiltrated colloids, microgels and quantum dots suffer from fast bleaching, lack surface functionality (for targets or pharmaceutical agents) and potentially leach heavy metals in case of quantum dots (e.g. Cd). By contrast, conjugated polymer particles are non-cytotoxic, exhibit reduced bleaching, as the entire particle consists of fluorophore, they are hydrophobic and show high quantum yields. Consequently, conjugated polymer particles represent ideal materials for biological applications and imaging. However currently, conjugated polymer particles for biomedical imaging usually lack near-infrared (NIR) emission and are polydisperse. Fluorescent agents with emission in the NIR spectrum are interesting for biomedical applications due to their low photo-damage towards biological species and the ability of NIR radiation to penetrate deep into biological tissue.. I will present the development and synthesis of new conjugated polymers particles with fluorescence in the NIR spectral region for bio-imaging and clinical diagnosis. The particle synthesis proceeds in a one-step Pd or Ni-catalyzed dispersion polymerization of functional NIR emitters. The resulting monodisperse conjugated polymer particles are obtained as a dispersion in a non-hazardous solvent. Different sizes in the sub-micrometer range with a narrow size distribution can be produced. Furthermore biological recognition motifs can be easily attached to the conjugated polymers via thiol-yne click-chemistry providing specific tumor targeting without quenching of the fluorescence. References [1] Kuehne AJC, Gather MC, Sprakel J., Nature Commun. 2012, 3, 1088. [2] Repenko T, Fokong S, De Laporte L, Go D, Kiessling F, Lammers T, Kuehne AJC.,Chem Commun 2015, accepted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2015
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9568, Organic Field-Effect Transistors XIV; and Organic Sensors and Bioelectronics VIII, 956820 (5 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188002
Show Author Affiliations
Tatjana Repenko, DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials (Germany)
Alexander J. C. Kuehne, DWI an der RWTH Aachen e.V. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9568:
Organic Field-Effect Transistors XIV; and Organic Sensors and Bioelectronics VIII
Ioannis Kymissis; Iain McCulloch; Ruth Shinar; Oana D. Jurchescu; Luisa Torsi, Editor(s)

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