||Antonio Benayas, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
Luis Dias Carlos, Universidade de Aveiro
Fiorenzo Vetrone, Intitut national de la recherche scientifique
Marta Quintanilla, CICbiomagune
Daniel Jaque García, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Artiom Skripka, Institut National de la Recherche Sscientifique
||Nowadays, nanoparticles and nano-structures able to emit or absorb near-infrared light (hereafter NIR; 700-3500nm) are attracting attention worldwide of the research community targeting biomedical applications. A great portion of this interest is devoted to all-optical driven processes, that through the use of specially designed nanoparticles, can provide the possibility to image, sense, and even carry out a localized therapy in a non-invasive and harmless way.
New materials and exciting approaches of diverse up-converting nanoparticles (emitting photons of higher energy than the absorbed ones) are still appearing. However, the in vivo applicability of fluorescent nanosystems requires additional considerations, such as penetration depth of emitted light, image contrast or damage reduction on surrounding tissues. In that regard (due to the existence of NIR transparency windows in biological tissues), nano-platforms fully working in the NIR light range are becoming an advantageous choice. Therefore, continuous and intense efforts are being made to shift the working wavelengths of the designed systems.
Moreover, novel optically active nano-structured materials are also joining the endeavor of supplying smart strategies for diseases´ detection and therapy. There is currently a great and exciting wave of biomedical-oriented contributions within the boundaries of fields such as microfluidics, plasmonics and lab-on-a-chip.
This symposium will provide nanoscience researchers the platform and the opportunity to discuss the latest applications-based research in these key areas of interest.
- Novel NIR-emitting nanoparticles: quantum dots, metallic nanoparticles, single-walled carbon nanotubes, rare-earth doped nanoparticles, organic nanoparticles.
- NIR in vivo imaging
- Nanoparticles for bio-sensing: nanothermometry, chemical species sensing, pH monitoring etc.
- Nanoplatforms for NIR-mediated drug delivery
- Biomedical applications of plasmonic nanostructures excited in the infrared
- Photo-thermal and photo-dynamic therapy
- NIR-emitting nano-structures and hybrid materials (including lab-on-achip & point of concern (POC) approaches)
SPECIAL TOPIC: Surgery and endoscopy applications of NIR-emitting nanoparticles