Photonics - Research Activities - Photoresponsive Materials for Sensing and Imaging

Nicola Armaroli, Elisa Bandini, Andrea Barbieri, Ilse Manet, Massimo Benaglia, Francesco Manoli, Barbara Ventura, Alessandro Venturini

We investigate materials with optical properties (absorption, emission spectral features and lifetime) which can change in response to binding and/or recognition events and are useful for sensing and imaging applications. Focus of our research are molecules and nanostructures which show: i) turn-on fluorescence recognition mechanisms in the presence of toxic or critical metabolic ions ii) turn on fluorescence upon recognition of G-quadruplex structures of DNA and iii) turn on fluorescence upon intracellular delivery

Recent papers

  • F. Doria, A. Oppi, F. Manoli, S. Botti, N. Kandoth, V. Grande, I. Manet and M. Freccero “A naphthalene diimide dyad for fluorescence switch-on detection of G-quadruplexes” Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 9105-9108

Collaborations

Mauro Freccero (University of Pavia, Italy), Rania E. Morsi (Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt), Massimiliano Cavallini (ISMN-CNR Bologna, Italy)