Judicious combination of semiconducting polymers with alternating electron donor (D) and acceptor (A) segments created hybrid nanoparticles with amplified energy transfer and red-shifted emission, while simultaneously providing photothermal capabilities. Hybrid D-A polymer particles (H-DAPPs) passively localized within orthotopic breast tumors, serving as bright fluorescent beacons. Laser stimulation induced heat generation on par with gold nanorods, resulting in selective destruction of the tumor. H-DAPPs can also undergo multiple thermal treatments, with no loss of fluorescence intensity or photothermal potential. These results indicate that H-DAPPs provide new avenues for the synthesis of hybrid nanoparticles useful in localized detection and treatment of disease.
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- Materials Science(all)