Quantum dots versus organic dyes as fluorescent labels

@article{ReschGenger2008QuantumDV,
  title={Quantum dots versus organic dyes as fluorescent labels},
  author={Ute Resch‐Genger and Markus Grabolle and Sara Cavaliere-Jaricot and Roland Nitschke and Thomas Nann},
  journal={Nature Methods},
  year={2008},
  volume={5},
  pages={763-775}
}
Suitable labels are at the core of luminescence and fluorescence imaging and sensing. One of the most exciting, yet also controversial, advances in label technology is the emerging development of quantum dots (QDs)—inorganic nanocrystals with unique optical and chemical properties but complicated surface chemistry—as in vitro and in vivo fluorophores. Here we compare and evaluate the differences in physicochemical properties of common fluorescent labels, focusing on traditional organic dyes and… 
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