Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Inside Cover: Ultrastable, Highly Fluorescent, and Water-Dispersed Silicon-Based Nanospheres as Cellular Probes (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1/2009)
Silicon nanospheres are promising as fluorescent biological probes because of their excellent water dispersibility, high photoluminescence, robust photostability, and favorable biocompatibility. In their Communication on page 128 ff., C.-H. Fan, S.-T. Lee, and co-workers describe how the nanospheres, which are remarkably effective in real-time and long-term imaging, have significant advantages over traditional dyes in biological applications.