Coloring Afterglow Nanoparticles for High-Contrast Time-Gating-Free Multiplex Luminescence Imaging

Zhanjun Li, Nuo Yu, Juanjuan Zhou, Yang Li, Yuanwei Zhang, Ling Huang, Kai Huang, Yang Zhao, Sharon Kelmar, Jinyi Yang, Gang Han

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

45 Scopus citations


Afterglow nanoparticles (AGNPs) possessing inherently long lifetime with tailorable emission colors and uniform size have long been sought due to their time-gating-free high-contrast multiplexing imaging. Herein, via a straightforward template method, it is reported that such multicolor AGNPs can be accomplished. The resultant AGNPs exhibit a series of tunable afterglow emissions, including blue, yellow, green, and white. These multicolor AGNPs are found to be highly bright, enabling them to perform high-contrast multichannel afterglow imaging in vitro and in vivo without the use of any complicated time-gating algorithms or systems, which existing tools are unable to do.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2003881
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number49
StatePublished - Dec 10 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • afterglow
  • luminescence
  • multicolor
  • multiplex
  • time-gating-free imaging


Dive into the research topics of 'Coloring Afterglow Nanoparticles for High-Contrast Time-Gating-Free Multiplex Luminescence Imaging'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this