High quantum yield blue emission from water-soluble Au8 nanodots
Zheng, J.; Petty, J. T.; Dickson, R. M. High quantum yield blue emission from water-soluble Au8 nanodots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 7780-1.
Prepared within biocompatible poly(amidoamine) dendrimer hosts, blue emitting Au8 nanodots were prepared with fluorescence quantum yields more than 100 times larger than any previously prepared. The strong size-dependent blue emission from these from monodisperse Au8 nanodots was measured to be 41% in aqueous solution and 52% in methanol. These easily prepared, water-soluble, and high quantum yield gold nanodots lend insight into the molecular nature of small metal nanoclusters and may find application as novel biocompatible fluorophores.
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