Nano Research

, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp 494–503 | Cite as

Fluorophore-photochrome co-embedded polymer nanoparticles for photoswitchable fluorescence bioimaging

  • Tianshe Yang
  • Qian Liu
  • Shouzhi PuEmail author
  • Zesheng Dong
  • Chunhui Huang
  • Fuyou LiEmail author
Research Article


Photoswitchable polymer nanoparticles (ps-PNPs) have been constructed by emulsion polymerization through embedding an iridium(III) complex, [Ir(bt)2(pic)](bt = phenylbenzothiazole, pic = picolinate), as a fluorophore and a diarylethene derivative (DTE) as a photochrome. The ps-PNPs show reversible luminescence modulation with DTE switching using UV light in aqueous solution and even in living cells. Such luminescent modulation only occurred in polymer nanoparticles and not in a simple mixed solution with low concentrations of [Ir(bt)2(pic)] and DTE. The ps-PNPs displayed good cellular uptake and fast intracellular luminescence modulation by photoswitching, indicating the nanoparticles could be developed as photoswitchable luminescent probes for a diversity of bioimaging applications.


Photoswithable imaging polymer nanoparticles fluorophore-photochrome living cell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Organic ChemistryJiangxi Science & Technology Normal UniversityNanchangChina

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