Synthesis, characterization and cell-biomarker applications for a novel series of comb-copolymers featuring hydrophobic amide side groups, carboxylates and other functionalities such as polymerizable side chains and PEG oligomers are reported. When used as polymer ligand shell for trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) coated quantum dots (QDs) these copolymers effectively solubilise CdSe/ZnS QDs in water. A systematic study was carried out to find the relation between the molecular structure of the copolymers, their ability to coat the QDs, and to suspend the nanocrystals in water. To demonstrate potential applications, highly luminescent QD/polymer assemblies were internalized into living and fixed cells.
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