Recent advances in optical imaging techniques rely on the use of nanosized contrast agents for in vitro and in vivo applications. We report on an imaging method based on the inertial cavitation of ultrasound-irradiated water solutions that lead to sonoluminescence (SL), here, newly proposed in combination with semiconductor nanoparticles, in particular, aminopropylfunctionalized zinc oxide nanocrystals. The obtained measurements confirm the ability of such nanocrystals to increase the sonoluminescence emission, together with the ability to modify the SL spectrum when compared to the pure water behavior. In particular, it is shown that the UV component of SL is absorbed by the semiconductor behavior that is also confirmed in different biologically relevant media. Finally, optical images of nanocrystal-assisted SL are acquired for the first time, in particular, in biological buffers, revealing that at low ultrasound intensities, SL is measurable only when the nanocrystals are present in solution. All of these results witness the role of amine-functionalized zinc oxide nanocrystals for sonoluminescence emission, which makes them very good candidates as efficient nanocontrast agents for SL imaging for biological and biomedical applications.

Insight into Sonoluminescence Augmented by ZnO-Functionalized Nanoparticles / Vighetto, Veronica; Troia, Adriano; Laurenti, Marco; Carofiglio, Marco; Marcucci, Niccolò; Canavese, Giancarlo; Cauda, Valentina. - In: ACS OMEGA. - ISSN 2470-1343. - 7:8(2022), pp. 6591-6600. [10.1021/acsomega.1c05837]

Insight into Sonoluminescence Augmented by ZnO-Functionalized Nanoparticles

Troia, Adriano;
2022

Abstract

Recent advances in optical imaging techniques rely on the use of nanosized contrast agents for in vitro and in vivo applications. We report on an imaging method based on the inertial cavitation of ultrasound-irradiated water solutions that lead to sonoluminescence (SL), here, newly proposed in combination with semiconductor nanoparticles, in particular, aminopropylfunctionalized zinc oxide nanocrystals. The obtained measurements confirm the ability of such nanocrystals to increase the sonoluminescence emission, together with the ability to modify the SL spectrum when compared to the pure water behavior. In particular, it is shown that the UV component of SL is absorbed by the semiconductor behavior that is also confirmed in different biologically relevant media. Finally, optical images of nanocrystal-assisted SL are acquired for the first time, in particular, in biological buffers, revealing that at low ultrasound intensities, SL is measurable only when the nanocrystals are present in solution. All of these results witness the role of amine-functionalized zinc oxide nanocrystals for sonoluminescence emission, which makes them very good candidates as efficient nanocontrast agents for SL imaging for biological and biomedical applications.
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