Advanced Synthesis of Uncoloured Nanofluorophores

The project NANOFOR developed and applied new breakthrough synthetic process for the continuous and efficient production of uncolored nanofluorophores displaying high optical performance based on the upconversion phenomena. The technology developed in NANOFOR project, based on using microwave radiation as heating source, aimed an efficient and sustainable continuous fabrication method of upconverting nanoparticles, with high potential for scalability.

Upconverting nanoparticles are usually composed of rare-earth based lanthanide- or actinide-doped transition metals and are of particular interest for their applications in in vivo bio-imaging, bio-sensing, and nanomedicine because of their highly efficient cellular uptake and high optical penetrating power with little background noise in the deep tissue level. They also have potential applications in photovoltaics and security, such as infrared detection of hazardous materials. 

The collaborative I+D+i project NANOFOR (RTC-2016-5114-5), developed in the period 2016-2019, was supported by the patent WO 2018/002405 A1 co-owned by INNCEINNMAT SL and UVEG.

The consortium of the project was composed by CEINNMAT, as coordinator, by the photochemical reactivity group of the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMOL) of the UVEG and the microwave division (DIMAS) of the research institute ITACA of the UPV. 

The project, with a global budget of €495 180,50 and a 100% CEINNMAT investment, was co-funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) under the call RETOS COLABORACION. The objective of this call is to support the collaboration between companies and research organisms with the aim of developing new technologies and to contribute to the creation of new products and services.