Photoacoustic emission from fluorescent nanodiamonds enhanced with gold nanoparticles

Biomed Opt Express. 2012 Jul 1;3(7):1662-29. doi: 10.1364/BOE.3.001662. Epub 2012 Jun 20.


Fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) have drawn much attention in recent years for biomedical imaging applications due to their desired physical properties including excellent photostability, high biocompatibility, extended far-red fluorescence emission, and ease of surface functionalization. Here we explore a new feature of FNDs, i.e. their photoacoustic emission capability, which may lead to potential applications of using FNDs as a dual imaging contrast agent for combined fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging modalities. We observed significant enhancement of photoacoustic emission from FNDs when they were conjugated with gold nanoparticles (GNPs).

Keywords: (160.2540) Fluorescent and luminescent materials; (160.4236) Nanomaterials.