Influence of the length and grafting density of PNIPAM chains on the colloidal and optical properties of quantum dot/PNIPAM assemblies

Oya Tagit, Nikodem Tomczak, Aliakbar Jafarpour, Dominik Jańczewski, Ming Yong Han, G. Julius Vancso, Jennifer L. Herek

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Abstract

Structural and optical characterization of water soluble, thermo-responsive quantum dot/poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (QD/PNIPAM) hybrid particles using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) measurements performed at temperatures below and above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM is reported. By increasing the temperature above the LCST, the signature of the PNIPAM chain collapse covering the QDs is revealed by FCS measurements. Despite the significant structural change, the TCSPC measurements show that the fluorescence lifetimes remain of the same order of magnitude at T > LCST. Such QD/PNIPAM hybrid particles with water solubility and robust thermo-responsive behavior at physiologically relevant temperatures are potentially useful for (bio)molecular sensing and separation applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number265701
Number of pages6
JournalNanotechnology
Volume22
Issue number26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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