Colloidal, water soluble probes constructed with quantum dots and amphiphilic poly(ferrocenylsilane) for smart redox sensing

D.J. Janczewski, Jing Song, Gyula J. Vancso

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Abstract

Poly(ferrocenylsilane) (PFS), consisting of main chains that feature ferrocene bridged by substituted silane units, was used to construct redox responsive shells on hydrophobic CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs). The novel coating renders QD colloids stable in water in both reduced and oxidized forms of the ferrocene. Reversible fluorescence quenching was observed for chemically induced redox reactions of the colloidal assembly. Electrochemical oxidation studied in the bulk solution and in layer-by-layer composite films featuring combinations of QDs, PFSs, and other polymers, led to irreversible quenching of QDs. Finally, applications for sensing are briefly discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean polymer journal
Volume54
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • METIS-306442
  • IR-94974

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