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Keywords:

  • imaging agents;
  • iridium;
  • living cells;
  • photochromism;
  • visible light

Abstract

A novel diarylethene-based iridium(III) complex was synthesized as a phosphorescence probe for monitoring living cells. The switchable phosphorescence complex in solution and within living cells was controlled by two distinguishable visible-light irradiations, which suggests that this complex can be developed as a promising probe with weak photodamage for biological samples.

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