Laboratory for Materials in Medicine Pan Research Group at Illinois
Bioengineering at Illinois Engineering for Life University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carbon Dots


We are developing next-generation carbon dots (CDs) with unique tunable photoluminescence, excellent biocompatibility, replete surface functional groups, water dispersibility, and complete biodegradation in vivo. We demonstrated that these extraordinary properties have opened new avenues for their advanced application in cell labeling, bioimaging, drug delivery, sensors, and energy-related application. We develop novel synthetic strategies for CD with switchable/ On-Off fluorescence and explore application for biological purposes, specifically, imaging and therapy.

Key recent publications

  1. Nanoscale (2019)
  2. Bioconjugate Chem. 29(11):3913 (2018).
  3. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 10(44):37886 (2018).
  4. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 10(23):19408 (2018).
  5. J Am Chem Soc. 139(5):1746 (2017).
  6. Advanced Functional Mat. 26, 8031-8041 (2016).
  7. SmallĀ 12(42):5845-5861 (2016).
  8. Mol Pharm. 12(2):375 (2015).
  9. Sci Rep. 5:14986 (2014).
  10. Nano Res. 6(5):312-325 (2013).
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