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High temporal and spatial regulation of cellular activities, biological pathways, and gene expression is critical in complex biological processes. One remarkable technique that enables such control is the use of light to manipulate compounds that are photoactive (or photocaged) in various biological systems. Previously, this strategy has been used to map(More)
We introduce gold nanorods (GNRs) decoration on NaYF4:Yb/Tm upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) by functionalizing the UCNCs with polyamidoamine generation 1 (PAMAM G1) dendrimer, followed by a single-step seed-mediated growth of long-range GNRs to enhance "biological window" upconversion emission. The up-conversion emission of GNR-decorated UCNCs can be(More)
Rare-earth-based nanomaterials have recently drawn considerable attention because of their unique energy upconversion (UC) capabilities. However, studies of Sc(3+)-based nanomaterials are still absent. Herein we report the synthesis and fine control of Na(x)ScF(3+x) nanocrystals by tuning of the ratio of oleic acid (OA, polar surfactant) to 1-octadecene(More)
Synthesis, structure, and physical properties of a novel 11-methylbenzo[d]pyreno[4,5-b]furan (BPF) and its self-assembly in water have been reported. The performance of nanowire-based films in organic light-emitting diodes is much better than that of the thin film deposited by directly drop-coating BPF molecules in THF solution. SEM study indicates that the(More)
Upconversion rare-earth nanomaterials (URENs) possess highly efficient near-infrared (NIR), e.g., 980 nm, laser absorption and unique energy upconversion capabilities. On the other hand, graphene and its derivatives, such as graphene oxide (GO), show excellent performance in optical limiting (OL); however, the wavelengths of currently used lasers for OL(More)
Synthesis of lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals (LDUNs) with controlled morphology and luminescence has long been desired in order to fulfill various application requirements. In this work, we have investigated the effect of the NaF : Ln(3+) molar ratio, in the range of 1 to 20, on the morphology, crystal structure, and upconversion properties of(More)
For the first time, we have synthesized orthorhombic phase KSc2F7:20%Yb/2%Er (KSc2F7:Yb/Er) nanorods and further studied the crystal structure and morphology evolution, as well as their upconversion (UC) properties under varying F(-) contents and reaction temperatures. Different from β-NaYF4:20%Yb/2%Er (NaYF4:Yb/Er) nanorods that usually give strong green(More)
Development of efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is of increasing importance in energy conversion schemes. The earth abundant transition-metal phosphides, especially CoP and Ni2P, have emerged as promising catalysts for HER. We describe here the preparation and characterization of a hybrid catalyst of Ni2P nanosheets@CoP(More)
A novel [2]pseudorotaxane was successfully constructed by the complexation of dibenzo[24]-crown-8 (DB24C8) derivative bearing terpyridine moiety (1) with lanthanide ion (Tb(3+)) and fullerene-containing ammonium salt (2), exhibiting the controlled photophysical behaviors as a reversible luminescent lanthanide switch in the presence of K(+) or 18-crown-6(More)