Nanomedicine Vol. 15 No. 8 | Editorial

Research shortcomings of fluorescent nanothermometers in biological and medical fields


Temperature is an important physical quantity that expresses the hotness or coldness degree of an object. It is an important index in biological and medical fields. The accurate measurement of temperature in the micro-areas of bio-systems like tissues, cells and organelles, such as mitochondria, can give an indication as to the biological conditions of such regions and also provides insights into their biochemical reactions and disease states. Luminescence (fluorescence, chemiluminescence, photoluminescence of plasmonic metal nanoparticles [1]) nanothermometers are nanosized temperature sensors with temperature-dependent luminescence properties. Such devices can be used to detect the temperature of micro-areas in biological systems.

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