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Self-Assembly Fabrication of Honeycomb-like Magnetic–Fluorescent Fe3O4–QDs Nanocomposites for Bimodal Imaging

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posted on 2020-11-24, 15:03 authored by Jincheng Li, Jialei Zhang, Zengchao Guo, Hui Jiang, Haijun Zhang, Xuemei Wang
Magnetic–fluorescent nanocomposites have a tremendous potential in biomedicine realms as a revolutionary dual-modality probe tool for more accurate medical detection. However, complicated and inefficient postprocesses pose obstacles to obtaining high-quality magnetic–fluorescent nanocomposites. Thus, the fabrication of magnetic–fluorescent functional nanocomposites via a simple, effective, and ideal method remains a challenge and is still waiting to be tapped. The new synthesis approaches are becoming impending demands and probably enable us to address these above-mentioned problems. In this contribution, we present a novel self-assembly synthesis route for the construction of magnetic–fluorescent bimodal imaging nanocomposites rather than adopting sophisticated postpreparative processes. The Fe3O4 and quatum dots (QDs) nanocomposites were cross-linked fleetly by cerium­(III) ion driven coordination bonds in which the cerium­(III) ions served as the cross-connecting node and the carboxylate groups acted as bridging ligands. The potential application for dual-modality imaging capability was validated on tumor-bearing mice. This ingenious strategy was extremely efficient and handy for the magnetic–fluorescent Fe3O4–QDs nanocomposite construction. Significantly, our cerium­(III) ion driven self-assembly method probably has a wide applicability for nanoparticles and organic molecules containing carboxyl groups but extensive explorations are still necessary.