It’s Getting Hot in Here

Today we do not want to write about scientific paper but would like to present to you short article from The Scientist. This article gives briefly approach to the scientific scientific work of Seiichi Uchiyama, Madoka Suzuki, Luis Carlos, Daniel Jaque, Mikhail Lukin. This article allows us to understand the great importance of recent achievement in the field of luminescent thermometers at nanoscale. So what are they working on? Uchida is using fluorescent polymers in order to analyze differences in organelles temperature and to understand how temperature affects chemical processes at intracellular scale. Lukin is using luminescence of diamond nanocrystals for temperature sensing of cells. His main goal is to use nano diamonds both as a sensor which allows to separate healthy cells from sick ones and to regulate intercellular processes by photoinduced temperature changes. Carlos is trying to use luminescent nanoparticles for overheating cancer cells leading to selective triggering their death. In order to prevent from overheating of healthy cells fast and precisse control of nanoparticles temperature should be provided. The goal of performed researches is to create multifunctional particle which plays a role of both heater and thermometer. Jaque is using luminescent thermometers which are able to work in Near infrared range, in so called first and second optical window of biological tissue. Presented luminescent thermometer based on quantum dots emission allows for temperature sensing around 1cm below animal’s skin. We hope that presented abstract encourages you to read the whole article and interest in the work of these scientists. Have a nice reading…