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  • 1.
    Cheng, Erbo
    et al.
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Huang, Shoushuang
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Dayong
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China; Chizhou Univ, Peoples R China.
    Huang, Ruting
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Qing
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Jiang, Yong
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Li, Zhen
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhao, Bing
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Zhiwen
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Porous ZnO/Co3O4/N-doped carbon nanocages synthesized via pyrolysis of complex metal-organic framework (MOF) hybrids as an advanced lithium-ion battery anode2019In: ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION C-STRUCTURAL CHEMISTRY, ISSN 2053-2296, Vol. 75, p. 969-978Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Metal oxides have a large storage capacity when employed as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, they often suffer from poor capacity retention due to their low electrical conductivity and huge volume variation during the charge-discharge process. To overcome these limitations, fabrication of metal oxides/carbon hybrids with hollow structures can be expected to further improve their electrochemical properties. Herein, ZnO-Co3O4 nanocomposites embedded in N-doped carbon (ZnO-Co3O4@N-C) nanocages with hollow dodecahedral shapes have been prepared successfully by the simple carbonizing and oxidizing of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Benefiting from the advantages of the structural features, i.e. the conductive N-doped carbon coating, the porous structure of the nanocages and the synergistic effects of different components, the as-prepared ZnO-Co3O4@N-C not only avoids particle aggregation and nanostructure cracking but also facilitates the transport of ions and electrons. As a result, the resultant ZnO-Co3O4@N-C shows a discharge capacity of 2373 mAh g(-1) at the first cycle and exhibits a retention capacity of 1305 mAh g(-1) even after 300 cycles at 0.1 A g(-1). In addition, a reversible capacity of 948 mAh g(-1) is obtained at a current density of 2 A g(-1), which delivers an excellent high-rate cycle ability.

  • 2.
    Cui, Yang
    et al.
    University of Science and Technology China, Peoples R China.
    Liu, Sheng
    Huaibei Normal University, Peoples R China.
    Wei, Kaiju
    University of Science and Technology China, Peoples R China.
    Liu, Yangzhong
    University of Science and Technology China, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Magnetic solid-phase extraction of trace-level mercury(II) ions using magnetic core-shell nanoparticles modified with thiourea-derived chelating agents2015In: Microchimica Acta, ISSN 0026-3672, E-ISSN 1436-5073, Vol. 182, no 7-8, p. 1337-1344Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We describe a method for magnetic solid phase extraction of trace-levels of Hg(II) ions by using Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) covered with a shell of silica and modified with the chelator N-(2-acetylaminoethyl)-N-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)thiourea. The new magnetic NPs enable rapid magnetic separation, thus leading to higher efficiency and accuracy. The extracted Hg(II) ions on the NPs were directly quantified using a mercury analyzer. Possible interferents are widely eliminated in this highly selective extraction process, and the NPs are not exerting an interfering effect either. The method has an enrichment factor of 100, and extraction recoveries are between 95 and 107 % when using 10 mg of the extracting NPs. The method works over a wide range of pH values and can be applied to even complex natural samples. The effects of pH value, extraction time, sample volume and adsorbent amount on the extraction efficiency were optimized. Under the optimal conditions, the detection limit is as low as 17 ng L-1. The method was applied to the preconcentration and detection of Hg(II) in three natural water samples using the standard addition method.

  • 3.
    Eriksson, Peter
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Tal, Alexey
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Skallberg, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Brommesson, Caroline
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Boyd, Robert
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Olovsson, Weine
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fairley, Neal
    Casa Software Ltd, Bay House, Teignmouth, United Kingdom.
    Abrikosov, Igor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Materials Modeling and Development Laboratory, National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Moscow, Russia.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Macau, SAR, China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Cerium oxide nanoparticles with antioxidant capabilities and gadolinium integration for MRI contrast enhancement2018In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 8, article id 6999Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The chelating gadolinium-complex is routinely used as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) -contrast enhancer. However, several safety issues have recently been reported by FDA and PRAC. There is an urgent need for the next generation of safer MRI-contrast enhancers, with improved local contrast and targeting capabilities. Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeNPs) are designed with fractions of up to 50% gadolinium to utilize the superior MRI-contrast properties of gadolinium. CeNPs are well-tolerated in vivo and have redox properties making them suitable for biomedical applications, for example scavenging purposes on the tissue-and cellular level and during tumor treatment to reduce in vivo inflammatory processes. Our near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) studies show that implementation of gadolinium changes the initial co-existence of oxidation states Ce3+ and Ce4+ of cerium, thereby affecting the scavenging properties of the nanoparticles. Based on ab initio electronic structure calculations, we describe the most prominent spectral features for the respective oxidation states. The as-prepared gadolinium-implemented CeNPs are 3-5 nm in size, have r(1)-relaxivities between 7-13 mM(-1) s(-1) and show clear antioxidative properties, all of which means they are promising theranostic agents for use in future biomedical applications.

  • 4.
    Hu, Jiwen
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai University, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Zhiwen
    Shanghai University, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Hong-Wen
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A logic gate-based fluorogenic probe for Hg2+ detection and its applications in cellular imaging2016In: Analytica Chimica Acta, ISSN 0003-2670, E-ISSN 1873-4324, Vol. 919, p. 85-93Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A new colorimetric and fluorogenic probe (RN3) based on rhodamine-B has been successfully designed and synthesized. It displays a selective response to Hg2+ in the aqueous buffer solution over the other competing metals. Upon addition of Hg2+, the solution of RN3 exhibits a naked eye observable color change from colorless to red and an intensive fluorescence with about 105-fold enhancement. The changes in the color and fluorescence are ascribed to the ring-opening of spirolactam in rhodamine fluorophore, which is induced by a binding of the constructed receptor to Hg2+ with the association and dissociation constants of 0.22 x 10(5) M-1 and 25.2 mM, respectively. The Jobs plot experiment determines a 1: 1 binding stoichiometry between RN3 and Hg2+. The resultant "turn-on" fluorescence in buffer solution, allows the application of a method to determine Hg2+ levels in the range of 4.0-15.0 mu M, with the limit of detection (LOD) calculated at 60.7 nM (3 sigma/slope). In addition, the fluorescence turn-off and color fading-out happen to the mixture of RN3-Hg2+ by further addition of I- or S2-. The reversible switching cycles of fluorescence intensity upon alternate additions of Hg2+ and S2- demonstrate that RN3 can perform as an INHIBIT logic gate. Furthermore, the potential of RN3 as a fluorescent probe has been demonstrated for cellular imaging. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 5.
    Hu, Jiwen
    et al.
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Cui, Yang
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gao, Hong-Wen
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    A rhodamine-based fluorescent probe for Hg2+ and its application for biological visualization2014In: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, E-ISSN 1873-3077, Vol. 203, p. 452-458Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A new visible light excitable fluorescent probe (1) is synthesized by appending a hydroxymethyl-pyridine to rhodamine B hydrazide. The probe displays very specific Hg2+-induced colour change and fluorescent enhancement in the aqueous systems. The "turn-on" response of fluorescence is based on a binding-induced ring-opening process from the spirolactam (nonfluorescent) to acyclic xanthene (fluorescent) in rhodamine B. The coordinating atoms O-center dot-N-N-O-center dot from the hydroxymethyl-pyridine and rhodamine B hydrazide play dominant role in the formation of a complex with 1:1 stoichiometry of Hg2+ to 1. It exhibits a linear response in the range of 0.1-5 mu M with the limit of detection (LOD) of 15.7 nM (3 sigma/slope), while the calculated value of the association constant of Hg2+/1 is 0.70 x 10(5) M-1. Furthermore, confocal microscopy imaging experiment demonstrates the probe 1 can be applied as a fluorescent probe for visualization of Hg2+ in living HeLa cells.

  • 6.
    Hu, Jiwen
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Liu, Sheng
    Huaibei Normal University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Qiong
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Gao, Hong-Wen
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A new ratiometric fluorescent chemodosimeter based on an ICT modulation for the detection of Hg2+2016In: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, E-ISSN 1873-3077, Vol. 230, p. 639-644Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We design and synthesize a new ratiometric fluorescent chemodosimeter (S1) for the selective and sensitive detection of Hg2+. Upon addition of Hg2+, the emission of the S1 exhibits a large bathochromic shift from 393 to 515 nm (up to 122 nm) which is ascribed to an intramolecular charge transfer process in the resultant. The Hg2+-induced dethioacetalization for sensing mechanism has been demonstrated by using high-performance liquid chromatography analysis of the sensing process. The interference experiments further demonstrate that S1 exhibits very high selectivity towards Hg2+ over other coexisting cations/anions. Subsequently, a good linearity of the concentrations of Hg2+ (0-15 mu M) vs the ratiometric signals (I-515/I-393) allows a fluorogenic method for the quantitative detection of Hg2+, with the limitation of detection determined to be 5.22 x 10(-7) M. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 7.
    Hu, Jiwen
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Liu, TingTing
    Tongji Univ, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Hong-Wen
    Tongji Univ, Peoples R China.
    Lu, Senlin
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Selective detections of Hg2+ and F- by using tailor-made fluorogenic probes2018In: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, E-ISSN 1873-3077, Vol. 269, p. 368-376Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By ingeniously using a (imino)coumarin-precursor, three reactive fluorogenic probes of MP, FP, and FMP have been fabricated in a single facile synthetic route. MP and FP are able to respectively act as selective "turn-on" fluorescent probes for detecting Hg2+ and F- in buffer solution via specific analyte-induced reactions. Linear ranges for the detection of Hg2+ and F- are 0-10 mu M and 0-100 mu M with the limits of detection (LODs) of 4.0 x 10(-8) M and 1.14 x 10(-6) M (3 delta/slope), respectively. FMP is able to work as a molecular "AND" logic gate-based fluorogenic probe for monitoring the coexistence of Hg2+ and F- via a multistep reaction cascade. The analytes-induced sensing mechanisms have been determined by using high-performance liquid chromatography analysis (HPLC). In addition, three probes show negligible toxicity under the experimental conditions, and are successfully used for monitoring Hg2+ and F- in living cells with good cell permeability. The success of the work demonstrates that ingenious utility of specific analyte-induced reactions and conventional concepts on the appropriate molecular scaffold can definitely deliver tailor-made probes for various intended sensing purposes. (C) 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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  • 8.
    Hu, Jiwen
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Xin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Liu, Tingting
    Tongji Univ, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Hong-Wen
    Tongji Univ, Peoples R China.
    Lu, Senlin
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Ratiometric fluorogenic determination of endogenous hypochlorous acid in living cells2019In: Spectrochimica Acta Part A - Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, ISSN 1386-1425, E-ISSN 1873-3557, Vol. 219, p. 232-239Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hypochlorous acid (HClO) is one of the most important ROS (reactive oxygen species) and common pollutant in tap-water. However, the determination of HClO with fast response and high sensitivity/selectivity is still an urgent demanding. Here we fabricated a ratiometric fluorescent probe RC based on TBET (through-bond energy transfer) on the platform of coumarin and rhodamine with the thiosemicarbazide group as the linker. This probe could display the characteristic fluorescence emission of coumarin. Upon addition of HClO, the linker was reacted into an oxadiazole, resulting in the opening of spiro-ring of rhodamine. The resultant then gives ratiometric fluorogenic changes. The probe exhibits fast response and high selectivity and sensitivity towards HClO with a low limit of detection (similar to 140 nM). Eventually, RC is successfully applicated for determining spiked HClO in water samples and imaging endogenous HClO in living cells. (C) 2019 Published by Elsevier B.V.

  • 9.
    Hu, Zhangjun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Ahrén, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Selegård, Linnéa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Skoglund, Caroline
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Söderlind, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Engström, Maria
    Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Radiological Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Highly Water-Dispersible Surface-Modified Gd2O3 Nanoparticles for Potential Dual-Modal Bioimaging2013In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 19, no 38, p. 12658-12667Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Water-dispersible and luminescent gadolinium oxide (GO) nanoparticles (NPs) were designed and synthesized for potential dual-modal biological imaging. They were obtained by capping gadolinium oxide nanoparticles with a fluorescent glycol-based conjugated carboxylate (HL). The obtained nanoparticles (GO-L) show long-term colloidal stability and intense blue fluorescence. In addition, L can sensitize the luminescence of europium(III) through the so-called antenna effect. Thus, to extend the spectral ranges of emission, europium was introduced into L-modified gadolinium oxide nanoparticles. The obtained Eu-III-doped particles (Eu:GO-L) can provide visible red emission, which is more intensive than that without L capping. The average diameter of the monodisperse modified oxide cores is about 4nm. The average hydrodynamic diameter of the L-modified nanoparticles was estimated to be about 13nm. The nanoparticles show effective longitudinal water proton relaxivity. The relaxivity values obtained for GO-L and Eu:GO-L were r(1)=6.4 and 6.3s(-1)mM(-1) with r(2)/r(1) ratios close to unity at 1.4T. Longitudinal proton relaxivities of these nanoparticles are higher than those of positive contrast agents based on gadolinium complexes such as Gd-DOTA, which are commonly used for clinical magnetic resonance imaging. Moreover, these particles are suitable for cellular imaging and show good biocompatibility.

  • 10.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    et al.
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Cui, Yang
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Liu, Shan
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Yuan, Yuan
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Gao, Hong-Wen
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Optimization of ethylenediamine-grafted multiwalled carbon nanotubes for solid-phase extraction of lead cations2012In: Environmental science and pollution research international, ISSN 0944-1344, E-ISSN 1614-7499, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 1237-1244Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction

    Ethylenediamine-grafted multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-EDA-I and MWCNTs-EDA-II) are optimized and employed to investigate the preconcentration of lead ions (Pb(II)) in trace level.

    Results

    The results show that Pb(II) can be adsorbed quantitatively on the optimized MWCNTs in the range of pH 4–7 and MWCNTs-EDA-I has a higher maximum Pb(II) adsorption capacity (157.19 mg/g) than MWCNTs-EDA-II (89.16 mg/g). The adsorbed Pb(II) can be eluted completely using 5 mL of 1 mol/L HNO3.

    Discussion

    A new approach using a microcolumn packed with the obtained MWCNTs-EDA-I has been developed for the preconcentration of trace amount of Pb(II). Parameters influencing the preconcentration of Pb(II), such as pH of the sample, sample volume, elution solution, and interfering ions, have been examined and optimized in detail. Under optimum experimental conditions, the limit of detection is 0.30 ng/mL with the enrichment factor of 60. The relative standard deviation (R.S.D) was 2.6% at the 20 ng/mL Pb(II) level.

    Conclusion

    The method has been applied for the preconcentration of trace amount of Pb(II) in environmental water samples with satisfying results.

  • 11.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Hu, Jiwen
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Cui, Yang
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    Wang, Guannan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gao, Hong-Wen
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China .
    A facile "click" reaction to fabricate a FRET-based ratiometric fluorescent Cu2+ probe2014In: Journal of materials chemistry. B, ISSN 2050-750X, E-ISSN 2050-7518, Vol. 2, no 28, p. 4467-4472Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A facile one-step Cu(I)-catalyzed "click" reaction, between a dansyl-azide and a propargyl-substituted rhodamine B hydrazide, is employed to fabricate a novel FRET ratiometric "off-on" fluorescent probe. The sensitive emission of the donor, a dansyl group, overlaps perfectly with the absorption of the acceptor, xanthene in the open-ring rhodamine. The proposed probe shows high selectivity towards Cu2+. The ratio of emission intensities at 568 and 540 nm (I-568/I-540) exhibits a drastic 28-fold enhancement upon addition of Cu2+. The probe shows an excellent linear relationship between emission ratios and the concentrations of Cu2+ from 10 to 50 mu M, with a detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.12 mu M. The preliminary cellular studies demonstrated that the probe is cell membrane permeable and could be applied for ratiometric fluorescence imaging of intracellular Cu2+ with almost no cytotoxicity. The ingenuity of the probe design is to construct a FRET donor-acceptor interconnector and a selective receptor simultaneously by "click" reaction. The strategy was verified to have great potential for developing novel FRET probes for Cu2+.

  • 12.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Jiwen
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Hui
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Qiong
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhao, Meng
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Brommesson, Caroline
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Tian, Yupeng
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Hongwen
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. University of Macau, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A TPA-caged precursor of (imino)coumarin for "turn-on" fluorogenic detection of Cu+2016In: Analytica Chimica Acta, ISSN 0003-2670, E-ISSN 1873-4324, Vol. 933, p. 189-195Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We strategize to utilize the precursors of (imino) coumarin fluorophores to deliver novel reactive Cu+ probes, where tris[(2-pyridyl)-methyl] amine (TPA) works as a reactive receptor towards Cu+. To verify this strategy, CP1, a representative probe and relevant sensing behaviors towards Cu+ are presented here. CP1 features good solubility and fast response for monitoring labile copper in aqueous solution and live cells. The sensing mechanism of CP1 is determined by HPLC titration and mass spectrometric analysis. The probe CP1 exhibits a 60-fold fluorescence enhancement and a detection limitation of 10.8 nM upon the detection of Cu+. CP1 is further applied for imaging labile copper in live cells. This work provides a starting point for future development of Cu+ probes, based on in situ formation of (imino) coumarin scaffolds, as well as their further investigations of copper signaling and biological events. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 13.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Yang, Guanqing
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Jiwen
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wang, Hui
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Eriksson, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Ruilong
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Zhongping
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Real-time visualizing the regulation of reactive oxygen species on Zn2+ release in cellular lysosome by a specific fluorescent probe2018In: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, E-ISSN 1873-3077, Vol. 264, p. 419-425Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) regulating the release of free zinc ions (Zn2+) in cellular lysosome is closely related to various pathways of cellular signal transduction, such as inflammation and oxidative stress. Directly visualizing Zn2+ release in lysosome is essential for in-depth understanding these physiological processes, and is still an atelic challenge. In this work, we successfully fabricate a lysosome-specific Zn2+ fluorescent probe and achieve the visualization of ROS-induced Zn2+ release in lysosome of inflammatory cells. The as-prepared probe combines a green fluorophore, an ionophore with five-dentate sites, and a morpholine as the lysosome-specific localization moiety. The fluorescence of the fluorophore in the free probe is suppressed by a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process from nitrogen atoms in the ionophore. Upon the addition of Zn2+, the fluorescence can be promoted immediately, achieving the real-time detection. Meanwhile, the probe is sensitive and selective to Zn2+, which provides the capability to detect low-concentration of free Zn2+ in lysosomes. Accordingly, the Zn2+ release was clearly observed in lysosome with the increase of ROS levels when the inflammation occurred in living cells. (c) 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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  • 14.
    Huang, Ruting
    et al.
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Wu, Chenghao
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Huang, Shoushuang
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Dayong
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China; Chizhou Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Qian
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Qing
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Jiang, Yong
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhao, Bing
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Zhiwen
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Construction of SnS2-SnO2 heterojunctions decorated on graphene nanosheets with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performance2019In: ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION C-STRUCTURAL CHEMISTRY, ISSN 2053-2296, Vol. 75, p. 812-821Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Heterostructures formed by the growth of one kind of nanomaterial in/on another have attracted increasing attention due to their microstructural characteristics and potential applications. In this work, SnS2-SnO2 heterostructures were successfully prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. Due to the enhanced visible-light absorption and efficient separation of photogenerated holes and electrons, the SnS2-SnO2 heterostructures display excellent photocatalytic performance for the degradation of rhodamine (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. Additionally, it is found that the introduction of graphene into the heterostructures further improved photocatalytic activity and stability. In particular, the optimized SnS2-SnO2/graphene photocatalyst can degrade 97.1% of RhB within 60 min, which is about 1.38 times greater than that of SnS2-SnO2 heterostructures. This enhanced photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the high surface area and the excellent electron accepting and transporting properties of graphene, which served as an acceptor of the generated electrons to suppress charge recombination. These results provide a new insight for the design and development of hybrid photocatalysts.

  • 15.
    Ou, Pan
    et al.
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China; Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Ruilong
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China; Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Liu, Zhengjie
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China; Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Xiaohe
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China; Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Han, Guangmei
    Chinese Acad Sci, Peoples R China.
    Liu, Bianhua
    Chinese Acad Sci, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Zhongping
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China; Anhui Univ, Peoples R China; Chinese Acad Sci, Peoples R China.
    Gasotransmitter Regulation of Phosphatase Activity in Live Cells Studied by Three-Channel Imaging Correlation2019In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 58, no 8, p. 2261-2265Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Enzyme activity in live cells is dynamically regulated by small-molecule transmitters for maintaining normal physiological functions. A few probes have been devised to measure intracellular enzyme activities by fluorescent imaging, but the study of the regulation of enzyme activity via gasotransmitters in situ remains a long-standing challenge. Herein, we report a three-channel imaging correlation by a single dual-reactive fluorescent probe to measure the dependence of phosphatase activity on the H2S level in cells. The two sites of the probe reactive to H2S and phosphatase individually produce blue and green fluorescent responses, respectively, and resonance energy transfer can be triggered by their coexistence. Fluorescent analysis based on the three-channel imaging correlation shows that cells have an ideal level of H2S to promote phosphatase activity up to its maximum. Significantly, a slight deviation from this H2S level leads to a sharp decrease of phosphatase activity. The discovery further strengthens our understanding of the importance of H2S in cellular signaling and in various human diseases.

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  • 16.
    Qing, Jian
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shenzhen Univ, Peoples R China.
    Kuang, Chaoyang
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wang, Heyong
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wang, Yuming
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Liu, Xiaoke
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bai, Sai
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Li, Mingjie
    Nanyang Technol Univ, Singapore.
    Sum, Tze Chien
    Nanyang Technol Univ, Singapore.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Wenjing
    Shenzhen Univ, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    High-Quality Ruddlesden-Popper Perovskite Films Based on In Situ Formed Organic Spacer Cations2019In: Advanced Materials, ISSN 0935-9648, E-ISSN 1521-4095, article id 1904243Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ruddlesden-Popper perovskites (RPPs), consisting of alternating organic spacer layers and inorganic layers, have emerged as a promising alternative to 3D perovskites for both photovoltaic and light-emitting applications. The organic spacer layers provide a wide range of new possibilities to tune the properties and even provide new functionalities for RPPs. However, the preparation of state-of-the-art RPPs requires organic ammonium halides as the starting materials, which need to be ex situ synthesized. A novel approach to prepare high-quality RPP films through in situ formation of organic spacer cations from amines is presented. Compared with control devices fabricated from organic ammonium halides, this new approach results in similar (and even better) device performance for both solar cells and light-emitting diodes. High-quality RPP films are fabricated based on different types of amines, demonstrating the universality of the approach. This approach not only represents a new pathway to fabricate efficient devices based on RPPs, but also provides an effective method to screen new organic spacers with further improved performance.

  • 17.
    Siribbal, Shifaa M.
    et al.
    Univ Cologne, Germany.
    Schlaefer, Johannes
    Univ Cologne, Germany.
    Ilyas, Shaista
    Univ Cologne, Germany.
    Hu, Zhangjun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Valldor, Martin
    Max Planck Inst Chem Phys Solids, Germany.
    Mathur, Sanjay
    Univ Cologne, Germany.
    Air-Stable Gadolinium Precursors for the Facile Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Gd2O3 Nanocontrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging2018In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 633-641Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using metal organic precursors in materials synthesis remains a challenge due to their high moisture susceptibility. In this work, we describe a facile methodology for the synthesis of Gd2O3-based contrast agents from two new gadolinium-based complexes. [Gd(PyTFP)(4)] (PyH) 1 (PyTFP = C8H5NOF3, Py = C5H5N) and [Gd(DMOTFP)(3)Py] 2 (DMOTFP = C8H7NO2F3) were synthesized via a classical ligand exchange reaction of [Gd{N(SiMe3)(2)}(3)] under inert conditions. As a result, X-ray diffraction analysis revealed a distorted square antiprismatic coordination and an augmented triangular prismatic arrangement of ligands around gadolinium atoms in 1 and 2, respectively. It also showed that 1 is an anionic complex of formula [Gd(PyTFP)(4)](PyH), while a neutral tris-compound, [Gd(DMOTFP)(3)Py], was obtained as a pyridine adduct in 2. Fast and reproducible microwave-assisted decomposition of 1 and 2 provided homogeneous Gd(OH)(3) nanorods at mild temperature without using any surfactant or capping reagent. As-synthesized nanorods were easily transformed into a cubic phase of Gd2O3 nanoparticles by thermal treatment under ambient conditions. The magnetic measurement showed the typical paramagnetic behavior of the Gd2O3 nanoparticles (NPs). The cytotoxicity profile demonstrates the biocompatibility and negligible toxicity of the as-synthesized nanoprobes. The suggested approach provides a new class of gadolinium-based precursors which allows facile synthesis of highly crystalline Gd2O3 NPs.

  • 18.
    Wang, Guannan
    et al.
    Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China; Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    University of Macau, Peoples R China.
    Liu, Yaxu
    Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China; Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Mei, Xifan
    Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China; Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Magneto-fluorescent nanoparticles with high-intensity NIR emission, T-1-and T-2-weighted MR for multimodal specific tumor imaging2015In: Journal of materials chemistry. B, ISSN 2050-750X, E-ISSN 2050-7518, Vol. 3, no 15, p. 3072-3080Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanoparticles exhibiting bright near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence, T-1-and T-2-weighted MR were synthesized for specific tumor imaging. Clinically used Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibit an intrinsic dark signal (T-2-weighted MRI), which sometimes misleads clinical diagnosis. Here, for the first time we integrated ultrasmall Fe3O4 nanoparticles (2-3 nm) with an NIR emitting semiconducting polymer for both T-1-and T-2-weighted MRI as well as fluorescence imaging of tumors. Bio-functionalized multi-modality fluorescent magnetic nanoparticles (FMNPs) functionalized with folic acid exhibit bright fluorescence and high relaxation (r(1) = 7.008 mM(-1) s(-1), r(2) = 26.788 mM(-1) s(-1), r(2)/r(1) = 3.8). These FMNPs have a small average dynamic size of about 20 nm with low aggregation and long circulation time. In vitro studies revealed that FMNPs can serve as an effective fluorescent probe to achieve targeting images of human A549 lung cancer cells without obvious cytotoxicity. In vivo experimental results show that the FMNPs are able to preferentially accumulate in tumor tissues for specific fluorescence imaging, T-1-and T-2-weighted MRI.

  • 19.
    Wang, Guannan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Liaoning Medical University, Jinzhou, China .
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Skallberg, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Liu, Yaxu
    Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China .
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Mei, Xifan
    Liaoning Medical University, Peoples R China .
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    One-step synthesis of water-dispersible ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles as contrast agents for T-1 and T-2 magnetic resonance imaging2014In: Nanoscale, ISSN 2040-3364, E-ISSN 2040-3372, Vol. 6, no 5, p. 2953-2963Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Uniform, highly water-dispersible and ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized via a modified one-step coprecipitation approach. The prepared Fe3O4 nanoparticles not only show good magnetic properties, long-term stability in a biological environment, but also exhibit good biocompatibility in cell viability and hemolysis assay. Due to the ultra-small sized and highly water-dispersibility, they exhibit excellent relaxivity properties, the 1.7 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles reveal a low r(2)/r(1) ratio of 2.03 (r(1) = 8.20 mM(-1) s(-1), r(2) = 16.67 mM(-1) s(-1)); and the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles also appear to have a low r2/r1 ratio of 4.65 (r(1) = 6.15 mM(-1) s(-1), r(2) = 28.62 mM(-1) s(-1)). This demonstrates that the proposed ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles have great potential as a new type of T-1 magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents. Especially, the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, have a competitive r(1) value and r(2) value compared to commercial contrasting agents such as Gd-DTPA (r(1) = 4.8 mM(-1) s(-1)), and SHU-555C (r(2) = 69 mM(-1) s(-1)). In vitro and in vivo imaging experiments, show that the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibit great contrast enhancement, long-term circulation, and low toxicity, which enable these ultrasmall sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles to be promising as T-1 and T-2 dual contrast agents in clinical settings.

  • 20.
    Wang, Hui
    et al.
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Cai, Fengze
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Le
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    He, Jing
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Feng, Dexiang
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Wei, Yan
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Feng, Zhijun
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Gu, Xiaoxia
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A red- emissive mitochondrial probe for imaging of the viscosity in living cells2019In: New Journal of Chemistry, ISSN 1144-0546, E-ISSN 1369-9261, Vol. 43, no 22, p. 8811-8815Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel water- soluble fluorescent probe L based on indole salts has been designed, synthesized and fully characterized. The systematic investigations demonstrated that probe L shows red emission and the fluorescence intensity is linear with the viscosity of the medium. Probe L is able to selectively accumulate in mitochondria within 1 min without any additional reagents for membrane permeabilization. It has been used to distinguish the viscosity differences between mitochondria in normal and nystatin- treated HeLa cells. In addition, due to the good photostability, probe L can be used to monitor the dynamics of mitochondria. These results support that probe L might provide a promising approach for the fluorescence detection of mitochondrial viscosity in living biological systems.

  • 21.
    Wang, Hui
    et al.
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Fang, Bin
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Kong, Lin
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Li, Xiangzi
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Feng, Zhijun
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Wu, Yunjun
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A novel Schiff base derivative: Synthesis, two-photon absorption properties and application for bioimaging2018In: Spectrochimica Acta Part A - Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, ISSN 1386-1425, E-ISSN 1873-3557, Vol. 198, p. 304-308Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel donor-pi-acceptor-pi-donor type (D-pi-A-pi-D) Schiff base derivative (L) has been designed and synthesized. The structure of L is confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis as well. The photophysical properties of compound L were comprehensively investigated by using both experimental and theoretical methods. The results indicate that L exhibits large Stokes shift and moderate two-photon action (2PA) cross-section in the near infrared (NIR) region. Furthermore, the confocal microscopy imaging study demonstrates that compound L could penetrate into cells and target the cellular mitochondria compartment. Due to its low cytotoxicity, compound L provides a promising tool for directly lighting up the mitochondria compartment in living HepG2 cells. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 22.
    Wang, Hui
    et al.
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Fang, Bin
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Xiao, Lufei
    Chuzhou Vocat and Tech Coll, Peoples R China.
    Li, Di
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Le
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Kong, Lin
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Yu, Yan
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Li, Xiangzi
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Wu, Yunjun
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A water-soluble "turn-on" fluorescent probe for specifically imaging mitochondria viscosity in living cells2018In: Spectrochimica Acta Part A - Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, ISSN 1386-1425, E-ISSN 1873-3557, Vol. 203, p. 127-131Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Rational design of water-soluble probes for mitochondrial viscosity in practical biological applications remains a challenge. Herein, we described a novel hydro soluble benzothiazole salt derivative MitoSN, which exhibits specifically response and singular sensitivity to the mitochondria viscosity in living Hela cells. MitoSN displays an excellent fluorescence enhancement (ca. 35-fold) with the increase of the viscosity in the water-glycerol system. Moreover, confocal microscopy indicates that MitoSN is sensitive to the local viscosity and selectively stains mitochondria, the body of zebrafish as well. Importantly, MitoSN is capable to identify the viscosity difference of mitochondria in normal and nystatin treated Hela cells. The work provides a useful tool to monitor the changes of viscosity in the mitochondrial microenvironment. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 23.
    Wang, Hui
    et al.
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Fang, Bin
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Le
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Li, Di
    Wannan Med Coll, Peoples R China.
    Kong, Lin
    Anhui Univ, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A reversible and highly selective two-photon fluorescent "on-off-on" probe for biological Cu2+ detection2018In: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 16, no 13, p. 2264-2268Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A two-photon active probe for physiological copper (Cu2+) detection is expected to play an important role in monitoring biological metabolism. Herein, a novel Schiff base derivative (E)-2,2-((4-((4-(diethylamino)-2-hydroxybenzylidene)amino)phenyl)azanediyl)bis(ethan-1-ol) (L) with remarkable two-photon activity was developed and synthetically investigated. L presents high selectivity and sensitivity for Cu2+ sensing in ethanol/HEPES buffer (v/v, 1:1), which is accompanied by the fluorescence switching off and subsequently on with the addition of EDTA. The mechanism for the detection of Cu2+ is further analyzed using H-1 NMR titration, mass spectra and theoretical calculations. Furthermore, since the probe L possesses good photophysical properties, excellent biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity, it is successfully applied to track Cu2+ in the cellular endoplasmic reticulum by two-photon fluorescence imaging, showing its potential value for practical applications in biological systems.

  • 24.
    Wang, Hui
    et al.
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Lei
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Du, Wei
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Xiaohe
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Qiong
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Luo, Lei
    Southwest University, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Hongping
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Wu, Jieying
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Yupeng
    Anhui University, Peoples R China; Nanjing University, Peoples R China.
    Two-Photon Active Organotin(IV) Carboxylate Complexes for Visualization of Anticancer Action2017In: ACS BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE and ENGINEERING, ISSN 2373-9878, Vol. 3, no 5, p. 836-842Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is still a challenge that organotin(IV) carboxylate complexes with high-performance two-photon activity for cancer therapy. At present work, two novel organotin carboxylate complexes LSn1 and LSn2, containing coumarin moiety, were rationally designed for two-photon fluorescent imaging and anticancer purpose. The complexes possessed large two-photon action cross-sections and high quantum yields. Living cells evaluation revealed that complexes LSn1 and LSn2 exhibited good biocompatibility and deep tissue penetration over femtosecond laser with wavelength of 840 nm. Furthermore, the antitumor active and as well as possible mechanism of complexes LSn1 and LSn2 have been investigated systematically. The results indicated that complexes LSn1 and LSn2 could induce apoptotic cell death through a mitochondria] dysfunction and ROS elevation pathway. The present work provides a strategy for rationally designing organotin(IV) carboxylate complexes with two-photon activity and antitumor activity.

  • 25.
    Wang, Shangdai
    et al.
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Ning, Ping
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Huang, Shoushuang
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Wenwen
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Fei, Siming
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    He, Qingquan
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zai, Jiantao
    Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ, Peoples R China.
    Jiang, Yong
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Qian, Xuefeng
    Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Zhiwen
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Multi-functional NiS2/FeS2/N-doped carbon nanorods derived from metal-organic frameworks with fast reaction kinetics for high performance overall water splitting and lithium-ion batteries2019In: Journal of Power Sources, ISSN 0378-7753, E-ISSN 1873-2755, Vol. 436, article id 226857Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of cost-effective, highly efficient and robust multi-functional electrode materials can dramatically reduce the overall cost of electrochemical devices. We here report the controlled synthesis of NiS2/FeS2 nanoparticles encapsulated in N-doped carbon nanorods (NiS2/FeS2/NC) through carbonization and sulfurization of Fe/Ni-based bimetallic metal-organic frameworks. Benefiting from both structural and compositional characteristics, the resulting NiS2/FeS2/NC nanorods possess abundant active sites, high electrical conductivity and rapid mass transfer, thereby delivering 10 and 20 mA cm(-2) at overpotential of 172 mV and 231 mV towards the hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction with robust stability in 1.0 M KOH solution, respectively. When employed as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting, it requires only 1.58 V to deliver a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) in 1.0 M KOH, outperforming that of the commercial Pt/C parallel to RuO2. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries tests also show high reversible capacity (718 mA h g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1)) and excellent cycling stability and rate performance. The work in this paper not only provides a promising strategy for designing efficient multi-functional electrode materials with similar morphology and structure, but also can be extended to the synthesis of other mixed metal sulfides for energy conversion and storage.

  • 26.
    Wang, Xin
    et al.
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Fei, Siming
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Huang, Shoushuang
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Wu, Chenghao
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Zhao, Junru
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Zhiwen
    Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Shanghai Univ, Peoples R China.
    MoS2 nanosheets inlaid in 3D fibrous N-doped carbon spheres for lithium-ion batteries and electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction2019In: Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223, E-ISSN 1873-3891, Vol. 150, p. 363-370Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has received considerable interests in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). To overcome the instinct limitations of pristine MoS2, such as low conductivity, poor cyclic stability and rate performance, hybrid carbon-MoS2 composites are often practically applied to improve the electrochemical properties. Herein, a facile, scalable, and durable synthesis method is innovated to inlay MoS2 nanosheets into three-dimensional (3D) fibrous nitrogen-doped carbon spheres (FNCs) for achieving 3D FNC-MoS2 composites. The free-standing 3D FNC-MoS2 nanocomposites can be used as the anode for LIBs. It exhibits a high reversible capacity of similar to 700 mA h g(-1), and nearly no fading of the capacity nearly after 400 cycles at a current density of 1.2 A g(-1). Meanwhile, FNC-MoS2 exhibits superior HER activity accompanied by a small overpotential of around 194 mV in 0.5 M H2SO4. Tafel slopes are estimated to be 54 mV dec(-1), and the current density of FNC-MoS2 decreases very slightly compared to the initial one after 1000 cycles. We are convinced that the enhanced Li+ storage performance and HER activity are attributed to the synergistic effects and structural advantages, such as higher specific surface, larger pore volume, radical fibrous structure, and chemical/mechanical stability, achieved from the unique architectures of the title material. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 27.
    Wu, Lingling
    et al.
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Shao, Ying
    Tongji University, Peoples R China; Rhein Westfal TH Aachen, Germany.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Gao, Hongwen
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Effects of soluble sulfide on zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryonic development2016In: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, ISSN 1382-6689, E-ISSN 1872-7077, Vol. 42, p. 183-189Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Zebrafish embryos were used to investigate the developmental effects of sulfide. Mortality, teratogenic effects, and developmental parameters of early developmental embryos were recorded. The biodistribution of sulfide in developing zebrafish embryos and larvae were measured through fluorescence imaging. The influences of sulfide on the cardiac function and development velocity of zebrafish embryos were dependent on sulfide concentration. Heart rate and development velocity increased with exposure to lower sulfide concentrations, which may be attributed to the cardioprotective properties of H2S. Meanwhile, heart rate and development velocity decreased, whereas pericardial edema, yolk sac edema, and trunk abnormalities occurred with exposure to higher sulfide concentrations. Sulfide accumulated in the blastoderm of early developmental embryos and was then transported to the yolk sac and yolk extension with the embryonic development. Finally, sulfide was transferred from the yolk to the eyes of zebrafish larvae. The details of mechanism of sulfide toxicity require further research. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 28.
    Xu, Weidong
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) and Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), Nanjing, China.
    Hu, Qi
    Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) and Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), Nanjing, China.
    Bai, Sai
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bao, Chunxiong
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. International Collaborative Laboratory of 2D Materials for Optoelectronics Science and Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China.
    Miao, Yanfeng
    Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) and Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), Nanjing, China.
    Yuan, Zhongcheng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Borzda, Tetiana
    Center for Nano Science and Technology @Polimi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Milan, Italy.
    Barker, Alex J.
    Center for Nano Science and Technology @Polimi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Milan, Italy.
    Tyukalova, Elizaveta
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, Singapore.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Kawecki, Maciej
    Laboratory for Nanoscale Materials Science, Empa, Dubendorf, Switzerland / Department of Physics, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
    Wang, Heyong
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Yan, Zhibo
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing, P. R. China.
    Liu, Xianjie
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Shi, Xiaobo
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fahlman, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Wenjing
    International Collaborative Laboratory of 2D Materials for Optoelectronics Science and Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China.
    Duchamp, Martial
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, Singapore.
    Liu, Jun-Ming
    Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing, P. R. China.
    Petrozza, Annamaria
    Center for Nano Science and Technology @Polimi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Milan, Italy.
    Wang, Jianpu
    Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) and Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), Nanjing, China.
    Liu, Li-Min
    Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Beijing, China / chool of Physics, Beihang University, Beijing, China .
    Huang, Wei
    ey Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) and Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), Nanjing, China / Shaanxi Institute of Flexible Electronics (SIFE), Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Xi’an, China.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Rational molecular passivation for high-performance perovskite light-emitting diodes2019In: Nature Photonics, ISSN 1749-4885, E-ISSN 1749-4893, Vol. 13, no 6, p. 418-424Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A major efficiency limit for solution-processed perovskite optoelectronic devices, for example light-emitting diodes, is trap-mediated non-radiative losses. Defect passivation using organic molecules has been identified as an attractive approach to tackle this issue. However, implementation of this approach has been hindered by a lack of deep understanding of how the molecular structures influence the effectiveness of passivation. We show that the so far largely ignored hydrogen bonds play a critical role in affecting the passivation. By weakening the hydrogen bonding between the passivating functional moieties and the organic cation featuring in the perovskite, we significantly enhance the interaction with defect sites and minimize non-radiative recombination losses. Consequently, we achieve exceptionally high-performance near-infrared perovskite light-emitting diodes with a record external quantum efficiency of 21.6%. In addition, our passivated perovskite light-emitting diodes maintain a high external quantum efficiency of 20.1% and a wall-plug efficiency of 11.0% at a high current density of 200 mA cm−2, making them more attractive than the most efficient organic and quantum-dot light-emitting diodes at high excitations.

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  • 29.
    Yu, Yichang
    et al.
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Yalei
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Hongwen
    Tongji University, Peoples R China.
    CTAB@BiOCl: a highly adsorptive photocatalyst for eliminating dye contamination2016In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 6, no 22, p. 18577-18582Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The title composite was synthesized under facile conditions by hydrolysis and co-precipitation. Through comparative studies, it was found that the morphology, structure and properties were affected by hexadecyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) doping. Although the surface area decreases from 53.5 to 7.5 m(2) g(-1), it was found that CTAB@BiOCl exhibits higher adsorption capacity than the isolated BiOCl, and still maintains good photocatalytic activity, which is a little worse than the isolated BiOCl has. This was caused by the lower content of BiOCl in CTAB@BiOCl, which is less than 70%. The studies show that, in high concentrations of dye-contaminated water, the composite exhibits strong adsorption capacities of 901 mg g(-1) to Congo Red (CR) and 699 mg g(-1) to Reactive Red 3 (X3B). In the low-concentration case, it is able to process photocatalysis of those dyes. In the recycling experiment, the CTAB@BiOCl composite was regenerated in situ. And CTAB in the composite was almost completely degraded after five cycles, resulting in the regenerated BiOCl. Subsequently, the surface area of the composite increases from 7.5 to 22.62 m(2) g(-1), and along with this the adsorption capacities to CR and X3B decrease obviously due to the absence of the CTAB component. In addition, the photocatalysis activity of the generated composite has been promoted to be similar to the isolated BiOCl.

  • 30.
    Yuan, Zhongcheng
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Miao, Yanfeng
    Nanjing Tech Univ, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Xu, Weidong
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Nanjing Tech Univ, Peoples R China.
    Kuang, Chaoyang
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pan, Kang
    Nanjing Tech Univ, Peoples R China.
    Liu, Pinlei
    Nanjing Tech Univ, Peoples R China.
    Lai, Jingya
    Nanjing Tech Univ, Peoples R China.
    Sun, Baoquan
    Soochow Univ, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Jianpu
    Nanjing Tech Univ, Peoples R China.
    Bai, Sai
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Unveiling the synergistic effect of precursor stoichiometry and interfacial reactions for perovskite light-emitting diodes2019In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 10, article id 2818Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Metal halide perovskites are emerging as promising semiconductors for cost-effective and high-performance light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Previous investigations have focused on the optimisation of the emissive perovskite layer, for example, through quantum confinement to enhance the radiative recombination or through defect passivation to decrease non-radiative recombination. However, an in-depth understanding of how the buried charge transport layers affect the perovskite crystallisation, though of critical importance, is currently missing for perovskite LEDs. Here, we reveal synergistic effect of precursor stoichiometry and interfacial reactions for perovskite LEDs, and establish useful guidelines for rational device optimization. We reveal that efficient deprotonation of the undesirable organic cations by a metal oxide interlayer with a high isoelectric point is critical to promote the transition of intermediate phases to highly emissive perovskite films. Combining our findings with effective defect passivation of the active layer, we achieve high-efficiency perovskite LEDs with a maximum external quantum efficiency of 19.6%.

  • 31.
    Zhang, Qiong
    et al.
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Luo, Lei
    Southwest University, Peoples R China.
    Xu, Hong
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Brommesson, Caroline
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wu, Jieying
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Sun, Zhaoqi
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Yupeng
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Design, synthesis, linear and nonlinear photophysical properties of novel pyrimidine-based imidazole derivatives2016In: New Journal of Chemistry, ISSN 1144-0546, E-ISSN 1369-9261, Vol. 40, no 4, p. 3456-3463Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Novel donor-pi-acceptor (D-pi-A) and donor-pi-acceptor-pi-donor (D-pi-A-pi-D) type pyrimidine imidazole derivatives with flexible ether chains (L1 and L2) have been efficiently synthesized through improved Knoevenagel condensation and Ullmann reactions with high yields. Based on systematic photophysical investigations and theoretical calculations, the structure-property relationships can be described as follows: (1) the linear and nonlinear optical properties of the target chromophores change regularly with increasing the number of branches and the polarity of the solvents. (2) The single-substituted chromophore L2 exhibited a remarkable negative solvato-kinetic effect, while the double-substituted chromophore L1 showed a positive solvato-kinetic effect. Significant bathochromic shifting of the emission spectra and larger Stokes shifts were observed in polar solvents. (3) The two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section results further demonstrated that their TPA cross section values (delta) increase notably with increasing branch number, and the presence of high pi-delocalization could induce large size-scalable TPA enhancements. (4) By comprehensively considering the optical performance, cytotoxicity and solubility, L1 was identified as the better candidate for living cell (HepG2) imaging.

  • 32.
    Zhang, Qiong
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Xiaohe
    UCL, England.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Brommesson, Caroline
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wu, Jieying
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Hongping
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Li, Shengli
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Yang, Jiaxiang
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Sun, Zhaoqi
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Yupeng
    Anhui University, Peoples R China; Nanjing University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A series of Zn(II) terpyridine complexes with enhanced two-photon-excited fluorescence for in vitro and in vivo bioimaging2015In: Journal of materials chemistry. B, ISSN 2050-750X, E-ISSN 2050-7518, Vol. 3, no 36, p. 7213-7221Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is still a challenge to obtain two-photon excited fluorescent bioimaging probes with intense emission, high photo-stability and low cytotoxicity. In the present work, four Zn(II)-coordinated complexes (1-4) constructed from two novel D-A and D-p-A ligands (L-1 and L-2) are investigated both experimentally and theoretically, aiming to explore efficient two-photon probes for bioimaging. Molecular geometry optimization used for theoretical calculations is achieved using the crystallographic data. Notably, the results indicate that complexes 1 and 2 display enhanced two-photon absorption (2PA) cross sections compared to their corresponding D-A ligand (L1). Furthermore, it was found that complex 1 has the advantages of moderate 2PA cross section in the near-infrared region, longer fluorescence lifetime, higher quantum yield, good biocompatibility and enhanced two-photon excited fluorescence. Therefore, complex 1 is evaluated as a bioimaging probe for in vitro imaging of HepG2 cells, in which it is observed under a two-photon scanning microscope that complex 1 exhibits effective co-staining with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and nuclear membrane; as well as for in vivo imaging of zebrafish larva, in which it is observed that complex 1 exhibits specificity in the intestinal system.

  • 33.
    Zhang, Qiong
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Xiaohe
    UCL, England.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Brommesson, Caroline
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wu, Jieying
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Hongping
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Yang, Jiaxiang
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Sun, Zhaoqi
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Yupeng
    Anhui University, Peoples R China; Nanjing University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nonlinear optical response and two-photon biological applications of a new family of imidazole-pyrimidine derivatives2016In: Dyes and pigments, ISSN 0143-7208, E-ISSN 1873-3743, Vol. 126, p. 286-295Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A series of novel D-pi-A type two-photon absorption (2PA) imidazole-pyrimidine derivatives (EX-1 similar to EX-4) have been synthesized and characterized, with EX-1 was crystallography confirmed. Based on systematic photophysical investigations, the structure property relationships can be drawn as follows: (1) Both theoretical and experimental studies indicated that the different donor groups have large influences on the optical properties. (2) The 2PA cross-section values (sigma) were obtained both by Z-Scan and two photon excited fluorescence (2PEF) measurements. 2PA cross sections show an increasing trend with increasing electron-donating strength and the number of branches. (3) Comprehensively considered the optical performance, molecular volume, cytotoxicity and solubility, EX-1 and EX-2 were identified to be the best candidates for living cells (HepG2) imaging. Moreover, the 2PA excitable features of EX-1 and EX-2 are capable of imaging in fresh mouses liver tissues with a depth of ca. 70 mu m. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 34.
    Zhang, Qiong
    et al.
    Anhui University, Peoples R China; Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Xiaohe
    UCL, England.
    Wang, Hui
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wu, Jieying
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Hongping
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Shengyi
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Yang, Jiaxiang
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Sun, Zhaoqi
    Anhui University, Peoples R China.
    Tian, Yupeng
    Anhui University, Peoples R China; Nanjing University, Peoples R China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    NIR-region two-photon fluorescent probes for Fe3+/Cu2+ ions based on pyrimidine derivatives with different flexible chain2016In: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, E-ISSN 1873-3077, Vol. 222, p. 574-578Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Two novel NIR-region two-photon fluorescent probes CCP and COP, show strong fluorescence quenching and good ratiometric responses toward Fe3+ and Cu2+, respectively; and their two-photon fluorescence are reversible by the subsequent addition of EDTA. CCP and COP are valuable candidates for two-photon imaging in the biological transparency window. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 35.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Ballem, Mohamed
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanostructured Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hu, Zhang-Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bergman, J Peder
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nanoscale Light-Harvesting Metal-Organic Frameworks2011In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 50, no 25, p. 5728-5732Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 36.
    Zhang, Xuanjun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wang, Wenjing
    Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
    Hu, Zhangjun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wang, Guannan
    Liaoning Medical University, China.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Coordination polymers for energy transfer: Preparations, properties, sensing applications, and perspectives2015In: Coordination chemistry reviews, ISSN 0010-8545, E-ISSN 1873-3840, Vol. 284, p. 206-235Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This review highlights the recent progress of bulk and nanoscale coordination polymer (CP) materials forenergy transfer. Artificial light-harvesting materials with efficient energy transfer are practically usefulfor a variety of applications including photovoltaic, white emitting devices, and sensors. In the pastdecades CP (aka Metal-organic framework, MOF) has experienced rapid development due to a multitude of applications, including catalyst, gas storage and separations, non-linear optics, luminescence, and soon. Recent research has shown that CP is a very promising light-harvesting platform because the energytransfers can occur between different ligands, from ligand to metal centers, or from MOF skeleton to guestspecies. This review comprehensively surveyed synthetic approaches to light-harvesting CPs, and postfunctionalization. Sensing applications and achievements in energy-transfer CP nanoparticles and thinfilms were also discussed.

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