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  1. Highly Photoluminescent and Stable Aqueous ZnS Quantum Dots

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    Li, Hui; Shih, Wan Y.; Shih, Wei-Heng

    2009-01-01

    We report an all-aqueous synthesis of highly photoluminescent and stable ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with water as the medium, i.e. first synthesizing ZnS QDs with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) as the capping molecule, followed by replacing some of MPA with (3-mercaptopropyl) trimethoxysilane (MPS). The resultant MPS-replaced ZnS QDs were about 5 nm in size with a cubic zinc blende crystalline structure, and had both MPA and MPS on the surface as confirmed by the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. They exhibited blue trap-state emissions around 415 nm and a quantum yield (QY) of 75% with Rhodamine 101 as the reference, and remained stable for more than 60 days under the ambient conditions. Through the capping molecule replacement procedure, the MPS-replaced ZnS QDs avoided the shortcomings of both the MPA-ZnS QDs and the MPS-ZnS QDs, and acquired the advantages of strong photoluminescence and good stability, which are important to the QDs’ applications especially for bioimaging. PMID:21954321

  2. High-resolution photoluminescence studies of single semiconductor quantum dots

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    Leosson, Kristjan; Østergaard, John Erland; Jensen, Jacob Riis

    2000-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots, especially those formed by self-organized growth, are considered a promising material system for future optical devices [1] and the optical properties of quantum dot ensembles have been investigated in detail over the past years. Recently, considerable interest has dev...

  3. Graphene quantum dots: Highly active bifunctional nanoprobes for nonenzymatic photoluminescence detection of hydroquinone.

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    He, Yuezhen; Sun, Jian; Feng, Dexiang; Chen, Hongqi; Gao, Feng; Wang, Lun

    2015-12-15

    In this paper, a simple and sensitive photoluminescence method is developed for the hydroquinone quantitation by using graphene quantum dots which simultaneously serve as a peroxidase-mimicking catalyst and a photoluminescence indicator. In the presence of dissolved oxygen, graphene quantum dots with intrinsic peroxidase-mimicking catalytic activity can catalyze the oxidation of hydroquinone to produce p-benzoquinone, an intermediate, which can efficiently quench graphene quantum dots' photoluminescence. Based on this effect, a novel fluorescent platform is proposed for the sensing of hydroquinone, and the detection limit of 5 nM is found. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Photoluminescence under high-electric field of PbS quantum dots

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    B. Ullrich

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of a laterally applied electric field (≤10 kV/cm on the photoluminescence of colloidal PbS quantum dots (diameter of 2.7 nm on glass was studied. The field provoked a blueshift of the emission peak, a reduction of the luminescent intensity, and caused an increase in the full width at half maximum of the emission spectrum. Upon comparison with the photoluminescence of p-type GaAs exhibits the uniqueness of quantum dot based electric emission control with respect to bulk materials.

  5. Photoluminescence properties of highly dispersed ZnO quantum dots in polyvinylpyrrolidone nanotubes prepared by a single capillary electrospinning.

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    Li, X H; Shao, C L; Liu, Y C; Chu, X Y; Wang, C H; Zhang, B X

    2008-09-21

    Highly dispersed ZnO quantum dots (QDs) in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) nanotubes have been prepared by a single capillary electrospinning. The structure and optical properties characterizations were performed by x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, absorption, photoluminescence, and resonant Raman spectra. In the composites, PVP molecules passivate the surface defects of ZnO QDs and prevent the aggregations of ZnO QDs. As a result, the composites exhibit narrower band edge emissions and less laser thermal effects. Blueshifted band gap, enlarged exciton energy, and less exciton-longitudinal optical (LO) phonon interaction due to the quantum confinement effect have also been observed.

  6. Synthesis of highly photoluminescent carbon dots via citric acid and Tris for iron(III) ions sensors and bioimaging.

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    Zhou, Ming; Zhou, Zhulong; Gong, Aihua; Zhang, Yan; Li, Qijun

    2015-10-01

    In this work, high quantum yield and strong photoluminescent carbon quantum dots (C-QDs) are successfully synthesized via a facile and green hydrothermal method using citric acid and Tris as precursors. The as-synthesized C-QDs with a quantum yield (QY) as high as 52% were characterized by UV, FT-IR, TEM, XPS and fluorescence spectroscope. TEM results show that C-QDs are mono-dispersed spherical particles and the diameter distribution of C-QDs is 2.8±1.1 nm. The extraordinary photoluminescent properties and low cytotoxicity of C-QDs were obtained through optical property characterization and cytotoxicity assay. In addition, we found that the as-prepared C-QDs had a high affinity for Fe(3+) ions and the response toward Fe(3+) ions was highly linear (R(2)=0.997) over the concentration range from 2 to 50 μM, which could provide an effective platform for portable detection of Fe(3+) ions. Also, it is demonstrated that the photoluminescent C-QDs display hypotoxicity and are biocompatible for use as biosensors in living cells. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  7. Photoluminescence studies of single InGaAs quantum dots

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    Leosson, Kristjan; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1999-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots are considered a promising material system for future optical devices and quantum computers. We have studied the low-temperature photoluminescence properties of single InGaAs quantum dots embedded in GaAs. The high spatial resolution required for resolving single dots...... is obtained by exciting and detecting the photoluminescence through a microscope objective which is located inside the cryostat. Furthermore, e-beam lithography and mesa etching have been used to reduce the size of the detection area to a few hundred nanometers in diameter. These techniques allow us...

  8. Photoluminescent carbon dots from 1,4-addition polymers.

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    Jiang, Zhiqiang; Nolan, Andrew; Walton, Jeffrey G A; Lilienkampf, Annamaria; Zhang, Rong; Bradley, Mark

    2014-08-25

    Photoluminescent carbon dots were synthesised directly by thermopyrolysis of 1,4-addition polymers, allowing precise control of their properties. The effect of polymer composition on the properties of the carbon dots was investigated by TEM, IR, XPS, elemental analysis and fluorescence analysis, with carbon dots synthesised from nitrogen-containing polymers showing the highest fluorescence. The carbon dots with high nitrogen content were observed to have strong fluorescence in the visible region, and culture with cells showed that the carbon dots were non-cytotoxic and readily taken up by three different cell lines. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. High Performance Photoluminescent Carbon Dots for In Vitro and In Vivo Bioimaging: Effect of Nitrogen Doping Ratios.

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    Wang, Junqing; Zhang, Pengfei; Huang, Chao; Liu, Gang; Leung, Ken Cham-Fai; Wáng, Yì Xiáng J

    2015-07-28

    Photoluminescent carbon dots (CDs) have received ever-increasing attention in the application of optical bioimaging because of their low toxicity, tunable fluorescent properties, and ultracompact size. We report for the first time on enhanced photoluminescence (PL) performance influenced by structure effects among the various types of nitrogen doped (N-doped) PL CDs. These CDs were facilely synthesized from condensation carbonization of linear polyethylenic amine (PEA) analogues and citric acid (CA) of different ratios. Detailed structural and property studies demonstrated that either the structures or the molar ratio of PEAs altered the PL properties of the CDs. The content of conjugated π-domains with C═N in the carbon backbone was correlated with their PL Quantum Yield (QY) (up to 69%). The hybridization between the surface/molecule state and the carbon backbone synergistically affected the chemical/physical properties. Also, long-chain polyethylenic amine (PEA) molecule-doped CDs exhibit increasing photostability, but at the expense of PL efficiency, proving that the PL emission of high QY CDs arise not only from the sp(2)/sp(3) carbon core and surface passivation of CDs, but also from the molecular fluorophores integrated in the CDs. In vitro and in vivo bioimaging of these N-doped CDs showed strong photoluminescence signals. Good biocompatibility demonstrates their potential feasibility for bioimaging applications. In addition, the overall size profile of the as-prepared CDs is comparable to the average size of capillary pores in normal living tissues (∼5 nm). Our study provides valuable insights into the effects of the PEA doping ratios on photoluminescence efficiency, biocompatibility, cellular uptake, and optical bioimaging of CDs.

  10. Highly enhanced photoluminescence of AgInS2/ZnS quantum dots by hot-injection method

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    Liao, Shenghua; Huang, Yu; Zhang, Ying; Shan, Xiaohui; Yan, Zhengyu; Shen, Weiyang

    2015-01-01

    Highly photoluminescent and air-stable AgInS2 quantum dots (AIS QDs) were synthesized by a hot-injection route in N2 atmosphere and dark environment. The as-synthesized AIS QDs were further capped with ZnS shell by one-pot method in order to enhance the photoluminescence (PL) intensity. The photo-electronic property and the morphology of AIS QDs and AIS/ZnS QDs were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV), PL spectroscopy and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). The results indicated that the narrow and symmetrical PL spectra of AIS QDs was time-dependent, and the emission wavelength of AIS QDs could be tunable within 436-610 nm by altering the initial Ag/In ratios. After being capped with ZnS shell, the AIS QDs showed excellent optical characteristics, including PL QYs up to 15%. The TEM results indicated that the spherical AIS/ZnS QDs were nearly monodispersed and homogeneous with an average particle size of 8 nm. The heavy metal free and high luminous AIS/ZnS QDs have great potential in biological application.

  11. Easy synthesis of highly fluorescent carbon dots from albumin and their photoluminescent mechanism and biological imaging applications

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    Hu, Xiaohua; An, Xueqin, E-mail: anxueqin@ecust.edu.cn; Li, Lielie

    2016-01-01

    A simple and green approach was developed to synthesize highly fluorescent carbon dots (CDs) using albumin as a carbon source in aqueous solution at room temperature. The CDs were characterized by excellent monodispersion, superior photostability, pH-independent emission, long fluorescence lifetime and high quantum yield (QY). The photoluminescent (PL) mechanism of CDs was explored by means of time-resolved PL decay, and the results revealed that PL originated from the emission of both defect state and intrinsic state. In addition, biological imaging with the application of CDs was carried out in human breast cancer Bcap-37 cell, which demonstrated that CDs were provided with an excellent biocompatiblity, low cytotoxicity and good transmembrane ability. Besides, CDs could be considered as a potential substitute for organic dyes or semiconductor quantum dots (SQDs) in biological imaging. - Highlights: • High fluorescent CDs have been synthesized at room temperature. • The CDs showed superior photostability and low cytotoxicity. • The good biocompatibility of the CDs was conformed. • The CDs manifest potential for cell imaging and fluorescent staining.

  12. Electrostatic Stabilized InP Colloidal Quantum Dots with High Photoluminescence Efficiency.

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    Mnoyan, Anush N; Kirakosyan, Artavazd Gh; Kim, Hyunki; Jang, Ho Seong; Jeon, Duk Young

    2015-06-30

    Electrostatically stabilized InP quantum dots (QDs) showing a high luminescence yield of 16% without any long alkyl chain coordinating ligands on their surface are demonstrated. This is achieved by UV-etching the QDs in the presence of fluoric and sulfuric acids. Fluoric acid plays a critical role in selectively etching nonradiative sites during the ligand-exchange process and in relieving the acidity of the solution to prevent destruction of the QDs. Given that the InP QDs show high luminescence without any electrical barriers, such as long alkyl ligands or inorganic shells, this method can be applied for QD treatment for application to highly efficient QD-based optoelectronic devices.

  13. Using quantum dot photoluminescence for load detection

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    M. Moebius

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available We propose a novel concept for an integrable and flexible sensor capable to visualize mechanical impacts on lightweight structures by quenching the photoluminescence (PL of CdSe quantum dots. Considering the requirements such as visibility, storage time and high optical contrast of PL quenching with low power consumption, we have investigated a symmetrical and an asymmetrical layer stack consisting of semiconductor organic N,N,N′,N′-Tetrakis(3-methylphenyl-3,3′-dimethylbenzidine (HMTPD and CdSe quantum dots with elongated CdS shell. Time-resolved series of PL spectra from layer stacks with applied voltages of different polarity and simultaneous observation of power consumption have shown that a variety of mechanisms such as photo-induced charge separation and charge injection, cause PL quenching. However, mechanisms such as screening of external field as well as Auger-assisted charge ejection is working contrary to that. Investigations regarding the influence of illumination revealed that the positive biased asymmetrical layer stack is the preferred sensor configuration, due to a charge carrier injection at voltages of 10 V without the need of coincident illumination.

  14. Highly photoluminescent amino-functionalized graphene quantum dots used for sensing copper ions.

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    Sun, Hanjun; Gao, Nan; Wu, Li; Ren, Jinsong; Wei, Weili; Qu, Xiaogang

    2013-09-27

    Herein, we report a new kind of highly fluorescent probe for Cu(2+) sensing generated by hydrothermal treatment of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). After hydrothermal treatment in ammonia, the greenish-yellow fluorescent GQDs (gGQDs) with a low quantum yield (QY, 2.5%) are converted to amino-functionalized GQDs (afGQDs) with a high QY (16.4%). Due to the fact that Cu(2+) ions have a higher binding affinity and faster chelating kinetics with N and O on the surface of afGQDs than other transition-metal ions, the selectivity of afGQDs for Cu(2+) is much higher than that of gGQDs. Furthermore, afGQDs are biocompatible and eco-friendly, and the afGQDs with a positive charge can be easily taken up by cells, which makes it possible to sense Cu(2+) in living cells. The strategy presented here is simple in design, economical, and offers a "mix-and-detect" protocol without dye-modified oligonucleotides or complex chemical modification. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Synthesis of highly luminescent water stable ZnO quantum dots as photoluminescent sensor for picric acid

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    Singh, Kulvinder; Chaudhary, G.R.; Singh, Sukhjinder; Mehta, S.K., E-mail: skmehta@pu.ac.in

    2014-10-15

    Highly luminescent, water stable (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane capped ZnO quantum dots (QDs) have been synthesized using a simple solution route. The synthesized ZnO QDs have been characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Particle size analyzer (PSA), UV–visible (UV–vis), Photoluminescence (PL) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The PL studies demonstrate that the particles synthesized are highly luminescent in nature emitting yellow color on exposure to UV radiation. Further, PL emission of ZnO QDs in the presence of picric acid (PA) shows their high sensitivity and selectivity for PA. The superior response of ZnO QDs in the presence of PA makes them very effective PL sensors. The limit of detection comes out to be 2.86 µM. - Highlights: • ZnO QDs act as photoluminiscent sensor for picric acid in aqueous medium. • Sensor shows high selectivity and sensitivity with a detection limit of 2.86 μM. • More the number of nitro groups, more is the quenching in PL emission of ZnO QDs.

  16. Highly Luminescent Phase-Stable CsPbI3 Perovskite Quantum Dots Achieving Near 100% Absolute Photoluminescence Quantum Yield.

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    Liu, Feng; Zhang, Yaohong; Ding, Chao; Kobayashi, Syuusuke; Izuishi, Takuya; Nakazawa, Naoki; Toyoda, Taro; Ohta, Tsuyoshi; Hayase, Shuzi; Minemoto, Takashi; Yoshino, Kenji; Dai, Songyuan; Shen, Qing

    2017-10-24

    Perovskite quantum dots (QDs) as a new type of colloidal nanocrystals have gained significant attention for both fundamental research and commercial applications owing to their appealing optoelectronic properties and excellent chemical processability. For their wide range of potential applications, synthesizing colloidal QDs with high crystal quality is of crucial importance. However, like most common QD systems such as CdSe and PbS, those reported perovskite QDs still suffer from a certain density of trapping defects, giving rise to detrimental nonradiative recombination centers and thus quenching luminescence. In this paper, we show that a high room-temperature photoluminescence quantum yield of up to 100% can be obtained in CsPbI3 perovskite QDs, signifying the achievement of almost complete elimination of the trapping defects. This is realized with our improved synthetic protocol that involves introducing organolead compound trioctylphosphine-PbI2 (TOP-PbI2) as the reactive precursor, which also leads to a significantly improved stability for the resulting CsPbI3 QD solutions. Ultrafast kinetic analysis with time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy evidence the negligible electron or hole-trapping pathways in our QDs, which explains such a high quantum efficiency. We expect the successful synthesis of the "ideal" perovskite QDs will exert profound influence on their applications to both QD-based light-harvesting and -emitting devices.

  17. Highly photoluminescent MoO{sub x} quantum dots: Facile synthesis and application in off-on Pi sensing in lake water samples

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    Xiao, Sai Jin [Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry and Instrumentation, East China University of Technology (ECUT), Nanchang 330013 (China); School of Chemistry, Biology and Material Science, ECUT, Nanchang 330013 (China); Zhao, Xiao Jing; Zuo, Jun [School of Chemistry, Biology and Material Science, ECUT, Nanchang 330013 (China); Huang, Hai Qing [State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Nuclear Resources and Environment, ECUT, Nanchang 330013 (China); Zhang, Li, E-mail: zhangli8@ncu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China)

    2016-02-04

    Molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) is a well-studied transition-metal semiconductor material, and has a wider band gap than MoS{sub 2} which makes it become a promising versatile probe in a variety of fields, such as gas sensor, catalysis, energy storage ect. However, few MoO{sub x} nanomaterials possessing photoluminescence have been reported until now, not to mention the application as photoluminescent probes. Herein, a one-pot method is developed for facile synthesis of highly photoluminescent MoO{sub x} quantum dots (MoO{sub x} QDs) in which commercial molybdenum disulfide powder and hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) are involved as the precursor and oxidant, respectively. Compared with current synthesis methods, the proposed one has the advantages of rapid, one-pot, easily prepared, environment friendly as well as strong photoluminescence. The obtained MoO{sub x} QDs is further utilized as an efficient photoluminescent probe, and a new off-on sensor has been constructed for phosphate (Pi) determination in complicated lake water samples, attributed to the fact that the binding affinity of Eu{sup 3+} ions to the oxygen atoms from Pi is much higher than that from the surface of MoO{sub x} QDs. Under the optimal conditions, a good linear relationship was found between the enhanced photoluminescence intensity and Pi concentration in the range of 0.1–160.0 μM with the detection limit of 56 nM (3σ/k). The first application of the photoluminescent MoO{sub x} nanomaterials for ion photochemical sensing will open the gate of employing MoO{sub x} nanomaterials as versatile probes in a variety of fields, such as chemi-/bio-sensor, cell imaging, biomedical and so on. - Highlights: • Though increasing effort has been devoted to MoO{sub x} nanomaterials synthesis, only a few reports mentioning its photoluminescence property are available, while even no evidence has shown its applications in chemical and biological sensing. • Herein, a one-pot method possessing the

  18. Efficient Synthesis of Highly Photoluminescent Short Dendritic CdSeS/ZnS Quantum Dots for Biolabeling.

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    Kong, Peng; Zhou, Guangjun; Zhou, Haifeng; Zhou, Juan; Zhang, Xingshuang; Yu, Zhichao

    2016-03-01

    A convenient and efficient approach is reported to synthesize CdSeS with low-cost and low-toxic materials. The influence of the Se/S ratio and reaction time on the photoluminescent properties of CdSeS QDs is investigated through researching the temporal evolution of the absorption and the emission. Following, the high photoluminescent short dendritic green-emitting CdSeS/ZnS QDs are prepared using the method inspired by the successive ion layer adsorption and reaction procedure, which are composed of a CdSeS core and ZnS branches. Transmission electronic microscopy and X-ray diffraction show that the CdSeS/ZnS QDs is in a cubic zinc blende structure. The photoluminescence intensity increase significantly when the ZnS branches form as a result of the charge carriers being confined in the core. The photoluminescence quantum yield of the obtained CdSeS/ZnS core-shell QDs can be up to 90%, which is much higher than that of initial CdSeS QDs (39%). In addition, CdSeS/ZnS QDs have good photoluminescence intensity after they are transferred from organic solvent into aqueous media through ligand replacement using mercaptoacetic acid. Afterwards, the E. Coli O-157 are not only successfully conjugated with CdSeS/ZnS QDs but also present clear images under UV irradiation.

  19. Homogeneous linewidth of self-assembled III-V quantum dots observed in single-dot photoluminescence

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    Leosson, K.; Birkedal, Dan; Magnúsdóttir, Ingibjörg

    2003-01-01

    We report photoluminescence emission from single self-assembled InAlGaAs quantum dots, which is broadened purely by dephasing processes. We observe linewidths as low as 6+/-3@meV at 10K, which agrees with the homogeneous linewidth derived from four-wave mixing experiments. By selecting dots...... that are not affected by local field fluctuations and using high-energy excitation, we avoid additional sources of linewidth broadening typically present in single-dot photoluminescence spectra. We observe a strong LO-phonon coupling in InAlGaAs and InGaAs dots, which becomes the dominating contribution...

  20. Synthesis and unique photoluminescence properties of nitrogen-rich quantum dots and their applications.

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    Chen, Xiuxian; Jin, Qingqing; Wu, Lizhu; Tung, ChenHo; Tang, Xinjing

    2014-11-10

    Nitrogen-rich quantum dots (N-dots) were serendipitously synthesized in methanol or aqueous solution at a reaction temperature as low as 50 °C. These N-dots have a small size (less than 10 nm) and contain a high percentage of the element nitrogen, and are thus a new member of quantum-dot family. These N-dots show unique and distinct photoluminescence properties with an increasing percentage of nitrogen compared to the neighboring carbon dots. The photoluminescence behavior was adjusted from blue to green simply through variation of the reaction temperature. Furthermore, the detailed mechanism of N-dot formation was also proposed with the trapped intermediate. These N-dots have also shown promising applications as fluorescent ink and biocompatible staining in C. elegans. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Solid state photoluminescence thermoplastic starch film containing graphene quantum dots.

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    Javanbakht, Siamak; Namazi, Hassan

    2017-11-15

    Fluorescent polymer films, a matrix of thermoplastic starch (TPS) based bio-polymer and graphene quantum dots (GQDs) were fabricated by a casting method. The GQDs provide solid state fluorescent properties to the prepared thermoplastic starch graphene quantum dots (TPS/GQD). The fluorescent, thermal, mechanical and optical properties of TPS/GQD were investigated. High optical transparency (88-91%) and well dispersion of GQDs (1-17wt%) in the polymeric matrix of TPS/GQD nanocomposite was observed. The maximum photoluminescence intensity of materials has been obtained at 50wt% of GQD content. These materials have great potential to use in flexible electronic displays, light emitting diodes (LED), GQD-LED packaging and other optoelectronics applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Solvothermal tuning of photoluminescent graphene quantum dots: from preparation to photoluminescence mechanism

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    Qi, Bao-Ping; Zhang, Xiaoru; Shang, Bing-Bing; Xiang, Dongshan; Zhang, Shenghui

    2018-02-01

    Solvothermal synthesis was employed to tune the surface states of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). Two series of GQDs with the particle sizes from 2.6 to 4.5 nm were prepared as follows: (I) GQDs with the same size but different oxygen degrees; (II) GQDs with different core sizes but the similar surface chemistry. Both the large sizes and the high surface oxidation degrees led to the redshift photoluminescence (PL) of GQDs. Electrochemiluminescence (ECL) spectra from two series of GQDs were all in accordance with their PL spectra, respectively, which provided good evidence for the conjugated structures in GQDs responsible for PL. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  3. Red shift in the photoluminescence of colloidal carbon quantum dots induced by photon reabsorption

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    Zhang, Wenxia; Dai, Dejian; Chen, Xifang; Guo, Xiaoxiao; Fan, Jiyang, E-mail: jyfan@seu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China)

    2014-03-03

    We synthesize the colloidal carbon/graphene quantum dots 1–9 nm in diameter and study their photoluminescence properties. Surprisingly, the luminescence properties of a fixed collection of colloidal carbon quantum dots can be systematically changed as the concentration varies. A model based on photon reabsorption is proposed which explains well the experiment. Infrared spectral study indicates that the surfaces of the carbon quantum dots are substantially terminated by oxygen atoms, which causes their ultra-high hydrophilicity. Our result clarifies the mystery of distinct emission colors in carbon quantum dots and indicates that photon reabsorption can strongly affect the luminescence properties of colloidal nanocrystals.

  4. Rapid solid-phase microwave synthesis of highly photoluminescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots for Fe3+ detection and cellular bioimaging

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    He, Guili; Xu, Minghan; Shu, Mengjun; Li, Xiaolin; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Liling; Su, Yanjie; Hu, Nantao; Zhang, Yafei

    2016-09-01

    Recently, carbon dots (CDs) have been playing an increasingly important role in industrial production and biomedical field because of their excellent properties. As such, finding an efficient method to quickly synthesize a large scale of relatively high purity CDs is of great interest. Herein, a facile and novel microwave method has been applied to prepare nitrogen doped CDs (N-doped CDs) within 8 min using L-glutamic acid as the sole reaction precursor in the solid phase condition. The as-prepared N-doped CDs with an average size of 1.64 nm are well dispersed in aqueous solution. The photoluminescence of N-doped CDs is pH-sensitive and excitation-dependent. The N-doped CDs show a strong blue fluorescence with relatively high fluorescent quantum yield of 41.2%, which remains stable even under high ionic strength. Since the surface is rich in oxygen-containing functional groups, N-doped CDs can be applied to selectively detect Fe3+ with the limit of detection of 10-5 M. In addition, they are also used for cellular bioimaging because of their high fluorescent intensity and nearly zero cytotoxicity. The solid-phase microwave method seems to be an effective strategy to rapidly obtain high quality N-doped CDs and expands their applications in ion detection and cellular bioimaging.

  5. Synthesis of biocompatible and highly photoluminescent nitrogen doped carbon dots from lime: Analytical applications and optimization using response surface methodology

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    Barati, Ali [Faculty of Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shamsipur, Mojtaba, E-mail: mshamsipur@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Arkan, Elham [Nano Drug Delivery Research Center Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseinzadeh, Leila [Novel Drug Delivery Research Center, Faculty of Pharmacy, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdollahi, Hamid, E-mail: abd@iasbs.ac.ir [Faculty of Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-02-01

    Herein, a facile hydrothermal treatment of lime juice to prepare biocompatible nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CQDs) in the presence of ammonium bicarbonate as a nitrogen source has been presented. The resulting N-CQDs exhibited excitation and pH independent emission behavior; with the quantum yield (QY) up to 40%, which was several times greater than the corresponding value for CQDs with no added nitrogen source. The N-CQDs were applied as a fluorescent probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg{sup 2+} ions with a detection limit of 14 nM. Moreover, the cellular uptake and cytotoxicity of N-CQDs at different concentration ranges from 0.0 to 0.8 mg/ml were investigated by using PC12 cells as a model system. Response surface methodology was used for optimization and systematic investigation of the main variables that influence the QY, including reaction time, reaction temperature, and ammonium bicarbonate weight. - Highlights: • High fluorescent N-doped CQDs from lime juice have been prepared. • Response surface methodology was used to optimize and model the main factors. • N-doped CQDs were used in the selective and sensitive detection of Hg(II). • The biocompatibility of prepared N-doped CQDs was conformed using PC12 cells.

  6. Tuning the photoluminescence of graphene quantum dots by co-doping of nitrogen and sulfur

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    Luo, Yi; Li, Ming; Sun, Lang; Xu, Yongjie; Hu, Guanghui; Tang, Tao; Wen, Jianfeng; Li, Xinyu

    2017-11-01

    Nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene quantum dots (NS-GQDs) were successfully synthesized using a facile, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly hydrothermal reaction of aqueous ammonia, S powder, and graphene quantum dots. The NS-GQDs with oxygen-rich functional groups have a high quantum yield of 41% and a diameter of 1-5 nm. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs) and NS-GQD were investigated. The results showed that the PL emission of the NS-GQD exhibits a clear blue shift of 54 nm compared to that of the N-GQDs.

  7. Synthesis of biocompatible and highly photoluminescent nitrogen doped carbon dots from lime: analytical applications and optimization using response surface methodology.

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    Barati, Ali; Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Arkan, Elham; Hosseinzadeh, Leila; Abdollahi, Hamid

    2015-02-01

    Herein, a facile hydrothermal treatment of lime juice to prepare biocompatible nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CQDs) in the presence of ammonium bicarbonate as a nitrogen source has been presented. The resulting N-CQDs exhibited excitation and pH independent emission behavior; with the quantum yield (QY) up to 40%, which was several times greater than the corresponding value for CQDs with no added nitrogen source. The N-CQDs were applied as a fluorescent probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg(2+) ions with a detection limit of 14 nM. Moreover, the cellular uptake and cytotoxicity of N-CQDs at different concentration ranges from 0.0 to 0.8 mg/ml were investigated by using PC12 cells as a model system. Response surface methodology was used for optimization and systematic investigation of the main variables that influence the QY, including reaction time, reaction temperature, and ammonium bicarbonate weight. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  8. Photoluminescence spectroscopy of CdSe/CdS(/ZnS) quantum dots

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    Menke, Torben; Chilla, Gerwin; Kipp, Tobias; Heitmann, Detlef [Institut fuer Angewandte Physik und Zentrum fuer Mikrostrukturforschung, Universitaet Hamburg, Jungiusstrasse 11, 20355 Hamburg (Germany); Nikolic, Marija [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (RS); Froemsdorf, Andreas; Weller, Horst; Foerster, Sephan [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Hamburg, Grindelallee 117, 20146 Hamburg (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    We investigate chemically synthesized nanocrystal quantum dots by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Our CdSe-core nanocrystals, fabricated as core-shell and core-shell-shell variants, are embedded in a thin polymer matrix on silicon substrates or spin coated directly on sapphire substrates. The nanocrystal density on the substrate is chosen to be so low, that both, ensemble and single nanocrystal PL experiments are possible. In our ensemble measurements, we have in particular studied the photostability of the photoluminescence signal for temperatures T=4-300 K and for different excitation densities. We found the expected red-shift of the photoluminescence with increasing temperature and indication for a high stability of the photon efficiency. In microscopic photoluminescence measurements on single nanocrystals we found crystals with an impressive stability concerning photobleaching. The blinking behavior shows that these nanocrystals are predominantly in the on-state.

  9. Microwave formation and photoluminescence mechanisms of multi-states nitrogen doped carbon dots

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    He, Guili; Shu, Mengjun; Yang, Zhi; Ma, Yujie; Huang, Da; Xu, Shusheng; Wang, Yanfang; Hu, Nantao; Zhang, Yafei; Xu, Lin

    2017-11-01

    In recent years, carbon dots (CDs) have attracted much attention in the material field because of their remarkable performance in various aspects. Therefore, the exploration of complex and variable photoluminescence mechanisms shows great significance. Herein, we present a systematic study on the correlation between the formation process and photoluminescence mechanisms through the characterization and analysis of three states of nitrogen doped carbon dots (N-CDs) obtained by microwave irradiation. At low temperature of 160 °C, the small organic molecule polymer nanodots whose photoluminescence center is molecule state are obtained with superior quantum yield of about 51.61%. Increasing the reaction temperature up to 200 °C, the intermediate transition products named carbon nanodots begin to appear. Prolonging the holding time, the typical carbon quantum dots with a special stable optical properties are finally generated, and their most photoluminescence arises from the carbon cores which are gained through the polymerization, dehydration, carbonation of organic fluorescent molecules. Furthermore, N-CDs have been applied in metal ions detection as well as animal and plant cell fluorescence imaging owing to their excellent water solubility and low cytotoxicity. Our exploration provides the theoretical basis for synthesis of CDs with different properties and purposes. In the near future, more high-quality CDs will be developed in order to better benefit the various fields of mankind.

  10. Photoluminescence intermittency of semiconductor quantum dots in dielectric environments

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    Isaac, A.

    2006-08-11

    The experimental studies presented in this thesis deal with the photoluminescence intermittency of semiconductor quantum dots in different dielectric environments. Detailed analysis of intermittency statistics from single capped CdSe/ZnS, uncapped CdSe and water dispersed CdSe/ZnS QDs in different matrices provide experimental evidence for the model of photoionization with a charge ejected into the surrounding matrix as the source of PL intermittency phenomenon. We propose a self-trapping model to explain the increase of dark state lifetimes with the dielectric constant of the matrix. (orig.)

  11. Tuning the Photoluminescence of Graphene Quantum Dots by Fluorination

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    Yi Luo

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Fluorinated graphene quantum dots (F-GQDs were prepared by mixing GQDs and XeF2 in a facile gaseous phase heating method. The F-GQDs with excellent water solubility have a F/C atomic ratio of 84.25% and a diameter of 2–6 nm. The photoluminescence (PL properties of GQDs and F-GQDs were investigated systematically. The results showed that the PL emission of the F-GQDs exhibited an obvious blue-shift of 90 nm compared to that of the GQDs.

  12. One-step synthesis of photoluminescent carbon dots with excitation-independent emission for selective bioimaging and gene delivery.

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    Yang, Xudong; Wang, Yang; Shen, Xiran; Su, Chunyan; Yang, Jinghua; Piao, Mingjun; Jia, Fei; Gao, Guanghui; Zhang, Long; Lin, Quan

    2017-04-15

    Photoluminescent carbon dots (C-dots), as new members of the quantum sized carbon analogues have attracted significant attention due to their unique size, less toxicity, good compatibility and relatively easy surface modification. In this work, we report a simple, low-cost and one-step hydrothermal carbonization approach to synthesize the positively charged C-dots using PEI and FA. From the photoluminescence (PL) measurements, the as-prepared C-dots exhibit good stability and intense PL with the high quantum yield (QY) at Ca. 42%. Significantly, The as-prepared C-dots integrate the advantages of C-dots and PEI: the presence of C-dots can effectively decrease the cytotoxicity of PEI, the C-dots can be applied in biological system for selective imaging of folate receptor (FR)-positive cancerous cells from normal cells, while the cationic PEI with positive charges can make them link to plasmid DNA and efficiently transfect the therapeutic plasmid into cells. Therefore, the as-prepared with the facile synthesis method can be a promising photoluminescent probe for cancer diagnosis and gene therapy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Synthesis of AgInS2 quantum dots with tunable photoluminescence for sensitized solar cells

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    Cai, Chunqi; Zhai, Lanlan; Ma, Yahui; Zou, Chao; Zhang, Lijie; Yang, Yun; Huang, Shaoming

    2017-02-01

    Synthesis of quantum dots (QDs) with high photoluminescence is critical for quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). A series of high quality AgInS2 QDs were synthesized under air circumstance by the organometallic high temperature method. Feature of tunable photoluminescence of AgInS2 QDs with long lifetime and quantum yields beyond 40% has been achieved, which was mainly attributed to the donor-acceptor pair recombination, contributed above 91% to the whole emission profiles. After ligand exchange with bifunctional linker, water-soluble AgInS2 QDs were adopted as light harvesters to fabricate QDSCs, achieved best PCE of 2.91% (short-circuit current density of 13.78 mA cm-2, open-circuit voltage of 0.47 V, and fill factor of 45%) under one full sun illumination. The improved photovoltaic performance of AgInS2 QDs-based QDSCs is mainly originated from broadened optoelectronic response range up to ∼900 nm, and enhanced photoluminescence with long lifetime and high quantum yield beyond 40%, which provide strong photoresponse ∼40% over the window below 750 nm. The synthetic approach combined with intrinsic defects created by intentionally composition modulation introduces a new approach towards the goal of high performance QDSCs.

  14. Synthesis, Photoluminescence and Bio-Targeting Applications of Blue Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Wang, Jigang; Zhou, Ji; Zhou, Wenhua; Shi, Jilong; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Wang, Yongsheng; He, Dawei; Fu, Ming; Zhang, Yongna

    2016-04-01

    Chemical derived graphene oxide, an atomically thin sheet of graphite with two-dimensional construction, offers interesting physical, electronic, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties that are currently being explored for advanced physics electronics, membranes, and composites. Herein, we study graphene quantum dots (GQD) with the blue photoluminescence under various parameters. The GQD samples were prepared at different temperatures, and the blue photoluminescence intensity of the solution improved radically as the heating temperatures increased. Concerning PL peak and intensity of the quantum dots, the results demonstrated dependence on time under heating, temperature of heating, and pH adjusted by the addition of sodium hydroxide. After hydrothermal synthesis routes, the functional groups of graphene oxide were altered the morphology showed the stacking configuration, and self-assembled structure of the graphene sheets with obvious wrinkles appeared at the edge structures. In addition, absorption, PL, and PLE spectra of the graphene quantum dots increase with different quantities of sodium hydroxide added. Finally, using GQD to target PNTIA cells was carried out successfully. High uptake efficiency and no cytotoxic effects indicate graphene quantum dots can be suitable for bio-targeting.

  15. Photoluminescence quenching of CdSe core/shell quantum dots by hole transporting materials

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    Zhang, Y.; Jing, P.; Zeng, Q.; Sun, Y.; Su, H.; Wang, Y.A.; Kong, X.; Zhao, J.; Zhang, H.

    2009-01-01

    Photoluminescence quenching of colloidal CdSe core/shell quantum dots (QDs) with CdS, ZnS and CdS/CdZnS/ZnS shells in the presence of hole-transporting materials (HTMs) is studied by means of steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. Static quenching is surprisingly found to

  16. Dewetting-Induced Photoluminescent Enhancement of Poly(lauryl methacrylate)/Quantum Dot Thin Films.

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    Geldmeier, Jeffrey; Rile, Lexy; Yoon, Young Jun; Jung, Jaehan; Lin, Zhiqun; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2017-12-19

    A new method for enhancing photoluminescence from quantum dot (QD)/polymer nanocomposite films is proposed. Poly(lauryl methacrylate) (PLMA) thin films containing embedded QDs are intentionally allowed to undergo dewetting on substrates by exposure to a nonsolvent vapor. After controlled dewetting, films exhibited typical dewetting morphologies with increased amounts of scattering that served to outcouple photoluminescence from the film and reduce internal light propagation within the film. Up to a 5-fold enhancement of the film emission was achieved depending on material factors such as the initial film thickness and QD concentration within the film. An increase in initial film thickness was shown to increase the dewetted maximum feature size and its characteristic length until a critical thickness was reached where dewetting became inhibited. A unique light exposure-based photopatterning method is also presented for the creation of high contrast emissive patterns as guided by spatially controlled dewetting.

  17. Photoluminescence Properties Research on Graphene Quantum Dots/Silver Composites.

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    Wang, Jun; Li, Yan; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Xie, Dan-Dan; Ge, Juan; Liu, Hui

    2016-04-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) possess unique properties of graphene and exhibit a series of new phenomena of 0 dimension (D) carbon materials. Thus, GQDs have attracted much attention from researchers and have shown great promise for many applications. Recently, many works focus on GQDs-metal ions and metal nanoparticles (NPs). Although, many researches point out that metal ions and metal NPs have significant effect on photoluminescence (PL) feature of GQDs, mainly focus on PL intensity. Here, for the first time, we reported that metal NPs also affected PL peak position which was dependent on the mix mechanism of metal and GQDs. When GQDs-silver (Ag) composite mixed by physical method and excited at a wavelength of 320 nm, PL peak position of composites first showed blue-shifted then red-shifted with increasing of Ag content. However, if GQDs-Ag composite prepared by chemical method, PL peak position of the composites blue-shifted. Furthermore, the shift of PL peak position of GQDs-Ag prepared both for physical and chemical method displayed excitation-dependent feature. When the excitation wavelength approached to Ag SPR peaks, no obvious PL shift was observed. The mechanism for different PL shifts and the phenomenon of excitation-dependent PL shift as well as the formation mechanism of GQDs-Ag composite by chemical method are discussed in detail in this paper.

  18. Tuning the Photoluminescence of Graphene Quantum Dots by Photochemical Doping with Nitrogen.

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    Xu, Xiaofen; Gao, Fuhua; Bai, Xiaohua; Liu, Fuchi; Kong, Wenjie; Li, Ming

    2017-11-20

    Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (NGQDs) were synthesized by irradiating graphene quantum dots (GQDs) in an NH₃ atmosphere. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of the GQDs and the NGQDs samples were investigated. Compared with GQDs, a clear PL blue-shift of NGQDs could be achieved by regulating the irradiating time. The NGQDs obtained by irradiation of GQDs for 70 min had a high N content of 15.34 at % and a PL blue-shift of about 47 nm. This may be due to the fact that photochemical doping of GQDs with nitrogen can significantly enhance the contents of pyridine-like nitrogen, and also effectively decrease the contents of oxygen functional groups of NGQDs, thus leading to the observed obvious PL blue-shift.

  19. Tuning the Photoluminescence of Graphene Quantum Dots by Photochemical Doping with Nitrogen

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    Xiaofen Xu

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (NGQDs were synthesized by irradiating graphene quantum dots (GQDs in an NH3 atmosphere. The photoluminescence (PL properties of the GQDs and the NGQDs samples were investigated. Compared with GQDs, a clear PL blue-shift of NGQDs could be achieved by regulating the irradiating time. The NGQDs obtained by irradiation of GQDs for 70 min had a high N content of 15.34 at % and a PL blue-shift of about 47 nm. This may be due to the fact that photochemical doping of GQDs with nitrogen can significantly enhance the contents of pyridine-like nitrogen, and also effectively decrease the contents of oxygen functional groups of NGQDs, thus leading to the observed obvious PL blue-shift.

  20. Photoluminescence response of colloidal quantum dots on VO2 film across metal to insulator transition.

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    Kuznetsov, Sergey N; Cheremisin, Alexander B; Stefanovich, Genrikh B

    2014-01-01

    We have proposed a method to probe metal to insulator transition in VO2 measuring photoluminescence response of colloidal quantum dots deposited on the VO2 film. In addition to linear luminescence intensity decrease with temperature that is well known for quantum dots, temperature ranges with enhanced photoluminescence changes have been found during phase transition in the oxide. Corresponding temperature derived from luminescence dependence on temperature closely correlates with that from resistance measurement during heating. The supporting reflectance data point out that photoluminescence response mimics a reflectance change in VO2 across metal to insulator transition. Time-resolved photoluminescence study did not reveal any significant change of luminescence lifetime of deposited quantum dots under metal to insulator transition. It is a strong argument in favor of the proposed explanation based on the reflectance data. 71.30. + h; 73.21.La; 78.47.jd.

  1. The emission wavelength dependent photoluminescence lifetime of the N-doped graphene quantum dots

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    Deng, Xingxia [Research Center of Quantum Macro-Phenomenon and Application, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China); School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai 201210 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Sun, Jing; Yang, Siwei; Ding, Guqiao, E-mail: gqding@mail.sim.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Shen, Hao; Zhou, Wei; Lu, Jian [Research Center of Quantum Macro-Phenomenon and Application, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China); Wang, Zhongyang, E-mail: wangzy@sari.ac.cn [Research Center of Quantum Macro-Phenomenon and Application, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China); School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai 201210 (China)

    2015-12-14

    Aromatic nitrogen doped graphene quantum dots were investigated by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) techniques. The PL lifetime was found to be dependent on the emission wavelength and coincident with the PL spectrum, which is different from most semiconductor quantum dots and fluorescent dyes. This result shows the synergy and competition between the quantum confinement effect and edge functional groups, which may have the potential to guide the synthesis and expand the applications of graphene quantum dots.

  2. Polarization of the photoluminescence of quantum dots incorporated into quantum wires

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    Platonov, A. V., E-mail: alexei.platonov@mail.ioffe.ru; Kochereshko, V. P.; Kats, V. N.; Cirlin, G. E.; Bouravleuv, A. D.; Avdoshina, D. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physical–Technical Institute (Russian Federation); Delga, A.; Besombes, L.; Mariette, H. [CEA, INAC, SP2M, and Institut Néel, CEA-CNRS group “Nanophysique et Semiconducteurs” (France)

    2016-12-15

    The photoluminescence spectra of individual quantum dots incorporated into a quantum wire are studied. From the behavior of the spectra in a magnetic field, it is possible to estimate the exciton binding energy in a quantum dot incorporated into a quantum wire. It is found that the exciton photoluminescence signal emitted from a quantum dot along the direction of the nanowire axis is linearly polarized. At the same time, the photoluminescence signal propagating in the direction orthogonal to the nanowire axis is practically unpolarized. The experimentally observed effect is attributed to the nonaxial arrangement of the dot in the wire under conditions of a huge increase in the exciton binding energy due to the effect of the image potential on the exciton.

  3. Photo-luminescent quantum dots used for security identification

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    Chang, Shoude; Yu, Kui; Liu, Jiaren

    2007-10-01

    Information retrieval is critical in security technologies such as those for status identification and documentation authentication. Ideally, coding materials should be difficult to locate, impossible to counterfeit, and easy to process. This presentation addresses a novel information retrieval technology with these ideal features of its coding materials: the photo-luminescent (PL) quantum-dots (QD) synthesized via wet-chemistry approaches. As compared to traditional PL materials, they exhibit emission with narrower full width at half maximum, greater brightness, and higher photo-stability; also, their PL wavelength can be easily and accurately tuned via their size, structure, and composition. Due to such a feasible tune-ability, mainly, QDs have demonstrated enormous potential applications in security and defense. When QDs are excited, they can provide coded information with their PL wavelength and intensity. If the coding wavelengths from the QD PL are designed as the Fraunhofer lines, i.e. black lines in solar spectrum, the retrieval system can extract the useful information even under sunshine covering areas. Multi-photon excitation (MPE) technologies can further extend applications of QDs to multi-layer information extraction. For an info-label of 2-millimeter in depth, a MPE system with the depth resolution less than one micro-meter can thus achieve 2 GB resolutions, when a coding material exhibiting 6 PL wavelengths with 10 intensity levels. In general, transparent thin-film coating of QDs can be applied to various substrates, such as documents, fingernails, and military helmets and vehicles. Moreover, QD based security information can be easily destroyed by preset expiration in the presence of timing agents.

  4. Detection of CdSe quantum dot photoluminescence for security label on paper

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    Isnaeni, Sugiarto, Iyon Titok; Bilqis, Ratu; Suseno, Jatmiko Endro

    2016-02-01

    CdSe quantum dot has great potential in various applications especially for emitting devices. One example potential application of CdSe quantum dot is security label for anti-counterfeiting. In this work, we present a practical approach of security label on paper using one and two colors of colloidal CdSe quantum dot, which is used as stamping ink on various types of paper. Under ambient condition, quantum dot is almost invisible. The quantum dot security label can be revealed by detecting emission of quantum dot using photoluminescence and cnc machine. The recorded quantum dot emission intensity is then analyzed using home-made program to reveal quantum dot pattern stamp having the word 'RAHASIA'. We found that security label using quantum dot works well on several types of paper. The quantum dot patterns can survive several days and further treatment is required to protect the quantum dot. Oxidation of quantum dot that occurred during this experiment reduced the emission intensity of quantum dot patterns.

  5. Detection of CdSe quantum dot photoluminescence for security label on paper

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    Isnaeni,, E-mail: isnaeni@lipi.go.id; Sugiarto, Iyon Titok [Research Center for Physics, Indonesian Institute of Science, Building 442 Puspiptek Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia 15314 (Indonesia); Bilqis, Ratu; Suseno, Jatmiko Endro [Department of Physics, Diponegoro University, Jl. Prof. Soedarto, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia 50275 (Indonesia)

    2016-02-08

    CdSe quantum dot has great potential in various applications especially for emitting devices. One example potential application of CdSe quantum dot is security label for anti-counterfeiting. In this work, we present a practical approach of security label on paper using one and two colors of colloidal CdSe quantum dot, which is used as stamping ink on various types of paper. Under ambient condition, quantum dot is almost invisible. The quantum dot security label can be revealed by detecting emission of quantum dot using photoluminescence and cnc machine. The recorded quantum dot emission intensity is then analyzed using home-made program to reveal quantum dot pattern stamp having the word ’RAHASIA’. We found that security label using quantum dot works well on several types of paper. The quantum dot patterns can survive several days and further treatment is required to protect the quantum dot. Oxidation of quantum dot that occurred during this experiment reduced the emission intensity of quantum dot patterns.

  6. Green and fast synthesis of amino-functionalized graphene quantum dots with deep blue photoluminescence

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    Blanco, E., E-mail: eduardo.blanco@uca.es; Blanco, G.; Gonzalez-Leal, J. M.; Barrera, M. C.; Domínguez, M.; Ramirez-del-Solar, M. [University of Cádiz, Institute of Electron Microscopy and Materials (Spain)

    2015-05-15

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) were prepared using a top-down approach with a green microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis from ultrathin graphite, previously ultrasound delaminated. Results obtained by transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy indicate that the so-fabricated GQDs are plates with 6 nm of average diameter, mostly single- or bi-layered. Photoluminescence characterization shows that the strongest emission occurs at 410–415 nm wavelength when the samples are excited at 310–320 nm wavelength. In addition to these down-conversion features, GQDs also exhibit up-conversion photoluminescence when excited in the range 560–800 nm wavelength, with broad emission peaks at 410–450 nm wavelength. Analysis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements indicates a higher proportion of C–C sp{sup 2} than sp{sup 3} bonds, with the sp{sup 3} ones mainly located at the GQD surfaces. Also evidences of C–O and C–N bonds at the GQD surface have been observed. The combination of these results with Raman and ultraviolet–visible absorption experiments allows envisaging the GQDs to be composed of amino-functionalized sp{sup 2} islands with a high degree of surface oxidation. This would explain the photoluminescent properties observed in the samples under study. The combined up- and down-conversion photoluminescence processes would made these GQDs a powerful energy-transfer component in GQDs–TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite systems, which could be used in photocatalyst devices with superior performance compared to simple TiO{sub 2} systems.

  7. Green and fast synthesis of amino-functionalized graphene quantum dots with deep blue photoluminescence

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    Blanco, E.; Blanco, G.; Gonzalez-Leal, J. M.; Barrera, M. C.; Domínguez, M.; Ramirez-del-Solar, M.

    2015-05-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) were prepared using a top-down approach with a green microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis from ultrathin graphite, previously ultrasound delaminated. Results obtained by transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy indicate that the so-fabricated GQDs are plates with 6 nm of average diameter, mostly single- or bi-layered. Photoluminescence characterization shows that the strongest emission occurs at 410-415 nm wavelength when the samples are excited at 310-320 nm wavelength. In addition to these down-conversion features, GQDs also exhibit up-conversion photoluminescence when excited in the range 560-800 nm wavelength, with broad emission peaks at 410-450 nm wavelength. Analysis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements indicates a higher proportion of C-C sp2 than sp3 bonds, with the sp3 ones mainly located at the GQD surfaces. Also evidences of C-O and C-N bonds at the GQD surface have been observed. The combination of these results with Raman and ultraviolet-visible absorption experiments allows envisaging the GQDs to be composed of amino-functionalized sp2 islands with a high degree of surface oxidation. This would explain the photoluminescent properties observed in the samples under study. The combined up- and down-conversion photoluminescence processes would made these GQDs a powerful energy-transfer component in GQDs-TiO2 nanocomposite systems, which could be used in photocatalyst devices with superior performance compared to simple TiO2 systems.

  8. Power density and temperature effects on the photoluminescence spectra of InAlAs/GaAlAs quantum dots

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    Ben Daly, A.; Riahi, H.; Bernardot, F.; Barisien, T.; Galopin, E.; Lemaître, A.; Maaref, M. A.; Testelin, C.

    2017-04-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) measurement techniques are used to characterize the size and the density of In1-xAlxAs/Ga0.67Al0.33As quantum dots (QDs) for different QD aluminium compositions. The integrated photoluminescence intensity (IPL) depends on an excitation light power, decreases with increasing the aluminium proportion emphasizing the QDs surface density decreasing. In TRPL experiments, the influence of QD lateral coupling is evidence in high QD density sample, the radiative lifetime increases with increasing temperatures for sample with a low aluminium proportion, instead, the observed radiative lifetime keep constant for samples with a high aluminium proportions in agreement with the QD zero-dimensional confinement.

  9. Temperature dependence of photoluminescence from submonolayer deposited InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots

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    Xu, Zhangcheng; Leosson, K.; Birkedal, Dan

    2002-01-01

    The temperature dependence of photoluminescence (PL) from self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots (QD's) grown by submonolayer deposition mode (non-SK mode), is investigated. It is found that the PL spectra are dominated by the ground-state transitions at low temperatures, but increasingly by the exci......The temperature dependence of photoluminescence (PL) from self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots (QD's) grown by submonolayer deposition mode (non-SK mode), is investigated. It is found that the PL spectra are dominated by the ground-state transitions at low temperatures, but increasingly...

  10. Photoluminescence enhancement of quantum dots on Ag nanoneedles.

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    Ahmed, Syed Rahin; Cha, Hee Ryoung; Park, Jung Youn; Park, Enoch Y; Lee, Dongyun; Lee, Jaebeom

    2012-08-07

    Noble metal nanostructure allows us to tune optical and electrical properties, which has high utility for real-world application. We studied surface plasmon-induced emission of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) on engineered metallic nanostructures. Highly passive organic ZnS-capped CdSe QDs were spin-coated on poly-(methyl methacrylate)-covered Ag films, which brought QDs near the metallic surface. We obtained the enhanced electromagnetic field and reduced fluorescence lifetimes from CdSe/ZnS QDs due to the strong coupling of emitter wave function with the Ag plasmon resonance. Observed changes include a six-fold increase in the fluorescence intensity and striking reduction in fluorescence lifetimes of CdSe/ZnS QDs on rough Ag nanoneedle compared to the case of smooth surfaces. The advantages of using those nanocomposites are expected for high-efficiency light-emitting diodes, platform fabrication of biological and environmental monitoring, and high-contrast imaging.

  11. Photoluminescent (PL) or electroluminescent (EL) quantum dots for display, lighting, and photomedicine (Conference Presentation)

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    Dong, Yajie

    2017-02-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) have gone through a long journey before finding their ways into the display field. This talk will briefly touch on the history before trying to answer several key questions related to QDs applications in display: What are QDs? How are they made? What properties do they have and Why? How can these properties be used to improve color and efficiency of display, in either photoluminescence (PL) or electroluminescence (EL) mode? And what are the remaining challenges for QDs wide adoption in display industry? Lastly, some most recent progresses in our UCF lab at both PL and EL fronts will be highlighted. For PL, a cadmium-free perovskite-polymer composite films with exceptionally narrow emission green peaks (FWHM 20 nm) and good water and thermal stability will be reported. Together with red quantum dots or PFS/KSF phosphors as down-converters for blue LEDs, a white-light source with 95% Rec. 2020 color gamut was demonstrated [1]. For EL, red quantum dot light emitting devices (QLEDs) with record luminance of 165,000 Cd/m2 has been obtained at a current density of 1000 mA/cm2 with a low driving voltage of 5.8 V and CIE coordinates of (0.69, 0.31). [2] The potential of using these QLEDs for light sources for integrated sensing platform [3] or high efficiency, high color quality hybrid white OLED [4] will be discussed. [1] Y. N. Wang, J. He, H. Chen, J. S. Chen, R. D. Zhu, P. Ma, A. Towers, Y. Lin, A. J. Gesquiere, S. T. Wu, Y. J. Dong. Ultrastable, Highly Luminescent Organic-Inorganic Perovskite - Polymer Composite Films, Advanced Materials, accepted, (2016). [2] Y. J. Dong, J.M. Caruge, Z. Q. Zhou, C. Hamilton, Z. Popovic, J. Ho, M. Stevenson, G. Liu, V. Bulovic, M. Bawendi, P. T. Kazlas, S. Coe-Sullivan, and J. Steckel Ultra-bright, Highly Efficient, Low Roll-off Inverted Quantum-Dot Light Emitting Devices (QLEDs). SID Symp. Dig. Tech. Pap. 46, 270-273 (2015). [3] J. He, H. Chen, S. T. Wu, and Y. J. Dong, Integrated Sensing Platform Based on Quantum

  12. Effects of crossed states on photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy of InAs quantum dots

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this report, the influence of the intrinsic transitions between bound-to-delocalized states (crossed states or quasicontinuous density of electron-hole states on photoluminescence excitation (PLE spectra of InAs quantum dots (QDs was investigated. The InAs QDs were different in size, shape, and number of bound states. Results from the PLE spectroscopy at low temperature and under a high magnetic field (up to 14 T were compared. Our findings show that the profile of the PLE resonances associated with the bound transitions disintegrated and broadened. This was attributed to the coupling of the localized QD excited states to the crossed states and scattering of longitudinal acoustical (LA phonons. The degree of spectral linewidth broadening was larger for the excited state in smaller QDs because of the higher crossed joint density of states and scattering rate.

  13. Homogeneous linewidth of single InGaAs quantum dot photoluminescence

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    Leosson, Kristjan; Langbein, Wolfgang; Jensen, Jacob Riis

    2000-01-01

    We have used m-photoluminescence spectroscopy with a spectral resolution of 20 meV to measure homogeneous linewidths of single emission lines within an inhomogeneously broadened ensemble of In0.5Ga0.5As/GaAs self-assembled quantum dots. At 10K, a distribution of linewidths peaking around 50 me...

  14. Effect of defects on quantum yield in blue emitting photoluminescent nitrogen doped graphene quantum dots

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    Kharangarh, Poonam R.; Umapathy, Siva; Singh, Gurmeet

    2017-10-01

    This paper presents a comprehensive study of the impact of defects on quantum yield in Nitrogen doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs). The facile and high yielding hydrothermal method was used to process the N-GQDs by selecting two different nitrogen containing powders, that is, NH4Cl (sample-I) and (NH4)2SO4(sample-II). Initially, the synthesized samples were characterized by using High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM), Powdered X-Ray Diffraction, Raman Spectroscopy, and UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, and Photoluminescence (PL) for sample integrity. HRTEM images suggest that the majority of the both sample types were in the narrow range of 5-20 nm in diameter. The samples show blue photoluminescence and excitation dependent PL emission characteristics. As expected, by using the different excitation energy in PL, appearance of peak introduces additional energy levels between π and π* that provide alternative electron transition pathways. The most remarkable finding is that the fluorescence quantum yield is up to 28% for sample-I and is 49.8% for sample-II, which is higher than that of reported GQDs (less than 25%). This clearly suggests that the defect states related to Nitrogen, Chlorine, and Sulfur that alter the band gap of the GQDs determine the PL characteristics and the quantum yield.

  15. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence of cadmium-free Cu-Zn-In-S quantum dot thin films as temperature probes.

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    Wang, Lan; Kang, Xiaojiao; Huang, Lijian; Pan, Daocheng

    2015-12-21

    We reported temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) studies on Cu-Zn-In-S quantum dot (QD) thin films. In this paper, cadmium-free and luminescent Cu-Zn-In-S quantum dot thin films were in situ formed by thermal decomposition of molecular-based precursors in the open air, without need of the complicated quantum dot synthesis. Molecular-based precursor solutions were prepared by dissolving Cu2O, ZnO, and In(OH)3 in the ethanol solution of butylamine and carbon disulfide. The effects of sintering temperature, sintering time, and the concentration of capping agents on the photoluminescence properties of Cu-Zn-In-S QD thin films have been systematically investigated. It was found that alkali metal ions play an important role in enhancing the PL quantum yield of quantum dot thin films. The as-prepared QD thin films show composition-tunable emission in the range of 535 nm to 677 nm, and the absolute PL quantum yields can reach as high as 22.1%. All of the as-deposited QD thin films show a single-exponential decay to temperature, indicating that these cadmium-free QD thin films have high potential as temperature probes.

  16. Highly Photoluminescent Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanodots and Their Protective Effects against Oxidative Stress on Cells.

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    Xu, Zi-Qiang; Lan, Jia-Yi; Jin, Jian-Cheng; Dong, Ping; Jiang, Feng-Lei; Liu, Yi

    2015-12-30

    Highly photoluminescent (PL) (quantum yield = 54%) nitrogen doped carbon nanodots (C-dots) have been prepared through one-step carbonizing citric acid and tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane and using oleic acid as solvent. The synthesized C-dots are monodisperse with narrow size distribution (average 1.7 nm). The PL properties of C-dots are pH dependent, and hence, using C-dots as sophisticated pH sensor to detect pH values between 7 and 9 can be expected. In addition, the PL intensity of C-dots remains stable under high ionic strength. The C-dots can protect cells from oxidative stress, which shows potential to expand the biological application of C-dots, especially in medical treatment. The protective mechanism is associated with intracellular reactive oxygen species elimination and the intracellular superoxide dismutase production.

  17. Physico-chemical mechanism for the vapors sensitivity of photoluminescent InP quantum dots

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    Prosposito, P.; De Angelis, R.; De Matteis, F.; Hatami, F.; Masselink, W. T.; Zhang, H.; Casalboni, M.

    2016-03-01

    InP/InGaP surface quantum dots are interesting materials for optical chemical sensors since they present an intense emission at room temperature, whose intensity changes rapidly and reversibly depending on the composition of the environmental atmosphere. We present here their emission properties by time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy investigation and we discuss the physico-chemical mechanism behind their sensitivity to the surrounding atmosphere. Photoluminescence transients in inert atmosphere (N2) and in solvent vapours of methanol, clorophorm, acetone and water were measured. The presence of vapors of clorophorm, acetone and water showed a very weak effect on the transient times, while an increase of up to 15% of the decay time was observed for methanol vapour exposure. On the basis of the vapor molecule nature (polarity, proticity, steric hindrance, etc.) and of the interaction of the vapor molecules with the quantum dots surface a sensing mechanism involving quantum dots non-radiative surface states is proposed.

  18. Surface-plasmon-enhanced photoluminescence of quantum dots based on open-ring nanostructure array

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    Kannegulla, Akash; Liu, Ye; Cheng, Li-Jing

    2016-03-01

    Enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of quantum dots (QD) in visible range using plasmonic nanostructures has potential to advance several photonic applications. The enhancement effect is, however, limited by the light coupling efficiency to the nanostructures. Here we demonstrate experimentally a new open-ring nanostructure (ORN) array 100 nm engraved into a 200 nm thick silver thin film to maximize light absorption and, hence, PL enhancement at a broadband spectral range. The structure is different from the traditional isolated or through-hole split-ring structures. Theoretical calculations based on FDTD method show that the absorption peak wavelength can be adjusted by their period and dimension. A broadband absorption of about 60% was measured at the peak wavelength of 550 nm. The emission spectrum of CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots was chosen to match the absorption band of the ORN array to enhance its PL. The engraved silver ORN array was fabricated on a silver thin film deposited on a silicon substrate using focus ion beam (FIB) patterning. The device was characterized by using a thin layer of QD water dispersion formed between the ORN substrate and a cover glass. The experimental results show the enhanced PL for the QD with emission spectrum overlapping the absorption band of ORN substrate and quantum efficiency increases from 50% to 70%. The ORN silver substrate with high absorption over a broadband spectrum enables the PL enhancement and will benefit applications in biosensing, wavelength tunable filters, and imaging.

  19. Photoluminescent graphene quantum dots for in vivo imaging of apoptotic cells

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    Roy, Prathik; Periasamy, Arun Prakash; Lin, Chiu-Ya; Her, Guor-Mour; Chiu, Wei-Jane; Li, Chi-Lin; Shu, Chia-Lun; Huang, Chih-Ching; Liang, Chi-Te; Chang, Huan-Tsung

    2015-01-01

    Apoptosis (programmed cell death) is linked to many incurable neurodegenerative, cardiovascular and cancer causing diseases. Numerous methods have been developed for imaging apoptotic cells in vitro; however, there are few methods available for imaging apoptotic cells in live animals (in vivo). Here we report a novel method utilizing the unique photoluminescence properties of plant leaf-derived graphene quantum dots (GQDs) modified with annexin V antibody (AbA5) to form (AbA5)-modified GQDs (AbA5-GQDs) enabling us to label apoptotic cells in live zebrafish (Danio rerio). The key is that zebrafish shows bright red photoluminescence in the presence of apoptotic cells. The toxicity of the GQDs has also been investigated with the GQDs exhibiting high biocompatibility as they were excreted from the zebrafish's body without affecting its growth significantly at a concentration lower than 2 mg mL-1 over a period of 4 to 72 hour post fertilization. The GQDs have further been used to image human breast adenocarcinoma cell line (MCF-7 cells), human cervical cancer cell line (HeLa cells), and normal human mammary epithelial cell line (MCF-10A). These results are indispensable to further the advance of graphene-based nanomaterials for biomedical applications.Apoptosis (programmed cell death) is linked to many incurable neurodegenerative, cardiovascular and cancer causing diseases. Numerous methods have been developed for imaging apoptotic cells in vitro; however, there are few methods available for imaging apoptotic cells in live animals (in vivo). Here we report a novel method utilizing the unique photoluminescence properties of plant leaf-derived graphene quantum dots (GQDs) modified with annexin V antibody (AbA5) to form (AbA5)-modified GQDs (AbA5-GQDs) enabling us to label apoptotic cells in live zebrafish (Danio rerio). The key is that zebrafish shows bright red photoluminescence in the presence of apoptotic cells. The toxicity of the GQDs has also been investigated with

  20. Photoluminescent Ti3 C2 MXene Quantum Dots for Multicolor Cellular Imaging.

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    Xue, Qi; Zhang, Huijie; Zhu, Minshen; Pei, Zengxia; Li, Hongfei; Wang, Zifeng; Huang, Yang; Huang, Yan; Deng, Qihuang; Zhou, Jie; Du, Shiyu; Huang, Qing; Zhi, Chunyi

    2017-04-01

    The fabrication of photoluminescent Ti3 C2 MXene quantum dots (MQDs) by a facile hydrothermal method is reported, which may greatly extend the applications of MXene-based materials. Interestingly, the as-prepared MQDs show excitation-dependent photoluminescence spectra with quantum yields of up to ≈10% due to strong quantum confinement. The applications of MQDs as biocompatible multicolor cellular imaging probes and zinc ion sensors are demonstrated. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Facile synthesis and photoluminescence mechanism of graphene quantum dots

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    Yang, Ping; Zhou, Ligang; Zhang, Shenli; Pan, Wei, E-mail: sjtushelwill@sjtu.edu.cn; Shen, Wenzhong, E-mail: wzshen@sjtu.edu.cn [Laboratory of Condensed Matter Spectroscopy and Opto-Electronic Physics, and Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Wan, Neng [SEU-FEI Nano Pico Center, Key Laboratory of MEMS of Ministry of Education, School of Electronics Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)

    2014-12-28

    We report a facile hydrothermal synthesis of intrinsic fluorescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with two-dimensional morphology. This synthesis uses glucose, concentrate sulfuric acid, and deionized water as reagents. Concentrated sulfuric acid is found to play a key role in controlling the transformation of as-prepared hydrothermal products from amorphous carbon nanodots to well-crystallized GQDs. These GQDs show typical absorption characteristic for graphene, and have nearly excitation-independent ultraviolet and blue intrinsic emissions. Temperature-dependent PL measurements have demonstrated strong electron-electron scattering and electron-phonon interactions, suggesting a similar temperature behavior of GQDs to inorganic semiconductor quantum dots. According to optical studies, the ultraviolet emission is found to originate from the recombination of electron-hole pairs localized in the C=C bonds, while the blue emission is from the electron transition of sp{sup 2} domains.

  2. Femtosecond pulsed laser ablation in microfluidics for synthesis of photoluminescent ZnSe quantum dots

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    Yang, Chao; Feng, Guoying; Dai, Shenyu; Wang, Shutong; Li, Guang; Zhang, Hua; Zhou, Shouhuan

    2017-08-01

    A simple but new toxic chemical free method, Femtosecond Laser Ablation in Microfluidics (FLAM) was proposed for the first time. ZnSe quantum dots of 4-6 nm were synthesized and with the use of hyperbranched Polyethyleneimine (PEI) as both structural and functional coated layer. These aqueous nanosized micelles consisting of quantum dots exhibit deep defect states emission of bright green light centered at 500 nm. A possible mechanism for the enhanced board band emission was discussed. The properties of toxic matters free and enhanced photoluminescence without doped transition metal ions demonstrate an application potential for biomedical imaging.

  3. AgCl-doped CdSe quantum dots with near-IR photoluminescence

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    Pavel A. Kotin

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis of colloidal CdSe quantum dots doped with a novel Ag precursor: AgCl. The addition of AgCl causes dramatic changes in the morphology of synthesized nanocrystals from spherical nanoparticles to tetrapods and finally to large ellipsoidal nanoparticles. Ellipsoidal nanoparticles possess an intensive near-IR photoluminescence ranging up to 0.9 eV (ca. 1400 nm. In this article, we explain the reasons for the formation of the ellipsoidal nanoparticles as well as the peculiarities of the process. The structure, Ag content, and optical properties of quantum dots are also investigated. The optimal conditions for maximizing both the reaction yield and IR photoluminescence quantum yield are found.

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis of two photoluminescent nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots emitted green and khaki luminescence

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    Zhu, Xiaohua; Zuo, Xiaoxi; Hu, Ruiping; Xiao, Xin; Liang, Yong; Nan, Junmin, E-mail: jmnan@scnu.edu.cn

    2014-10-15

    A simple and effective chemical synthesis of the photoluminescent nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs) biomaterial is reported. Using the hydrothermal treatment of graphene oxide (GO) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) and ammonia, the N-GQDs are synthesized through H{sub 2}O{sub 2} exfoliating the GO into nanocrystals with lateral dimensions and ammonia passivating the generated active surface. Then, after a dialytic separation, two water-soluble N-GQDs with average size of about 2.1 nm/6.2 nm, which emit green/khaki luminescence and exhibit excitation dependent/independent photoluminescence (PL) behaviors, are obtained. In addition, it is also demonstrated that these two N-GQDs are stable over a broad pH range and have the upconversion PL property, showing this approach provides a simple and effective method to synthesize the functional N-GQDs. - Highlights: • Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs) are prepared by hydrothermal routine. • Two N-GQDs with different size distribution emit green/khaki photoluminescence. • Two N-GQDs exhibit excitation-dependent/independent photoluminescence behaviors.

  5. Plasmon resonance-induced photoluminescence enhancement of CdTe/Cds quantum dots thin films

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    Wang, Hongyu [Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210003 (China); National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructure and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Xu, Ling, E-mail: xuling@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructure and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Wu, Yangqing; Xu, Jun; Ma, Zhongyuan; Chen, Kunji [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructure and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • CdTe/CdS quantum dots/Au nano-rods nano-composite films were fabricated. • PL intensity of the quantum dots films was enhanced due to Au nanorods. • Internal quantum efficiency increased due to localized surface plasmon resonance. • The lifetimes of quantum dots films decreased after interaction with Au nano-rods. - Abstract: CdTe/CdS quantum dots/Au nano-rods nano-composite films were fabricated on planar Si substrates. The optical properties of all samples were investigated and the corresponding simulations were studied. It was found that the photoluminescence intensity of the CdTe/CdS quantum dots films was enhanced about 9-fold after the incorporation of Au nano-rods, the internal quantum efficiency increased from 24.3% to 35.2% due to the localized surface plasmon resonance. The time-resolved luminescence decay curves showed that the lifetimes of CdTe/CdS quantum dots films decreased to 2.8 ns after interaction with Au nano-rods. The results of finite-difference time-domain simulation indicated that Au nano-rods induced the localization of electric field, which enhanced the PL intensity of quantum dots films in the vicinity of Au nano-rods.

  6. Time-resolved photoluminescence of sub-monolayer InGaAs/GaAs quantum-dot-quantum-well heterostructures

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    Xu, Zhangcheng; Jia, G.Z.; Sun, L.

    2005-01-01

    Time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) of sub-monolayer (SML) InGaAs/GaAs quantum-dot-quantum-well heterostructures was measured at 5 K for the first time. The radiative lifetime of SML quantum dots (QDs) increases from 500 ps to 800 ps with the increase of the size of QDs, which is related...

  7. Role of C–N Configurations in the Photoluminescence of Graphene Quantum Dots Synthesized by a Hydrothermal Route

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    Permatasari, Fitri Aulia; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi; Iskandar, Ferry; Ogi, Takashi; Okuyama, Kikuo

    2016-01-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) containing N atoms were successfully synthesized using a facile, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly hydrothermal reaction of urea and citric acid, and the effect of the GQDs’ C–N configurations on their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images confirmed that the dots were spherical, with an average diameter of 2.17 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis indicated that the C–N configurations of the GQDs substantially affected their PL intensity. Increased PL intensity was obtained in areas with greater percentages of pyridinic-N and lower percentages of pyrrolic-N. This enhanced PL was attributed to delocalized π electrons from pyridinic-N contributing to the C system of the GQDs. On the basis of energy electron loss spectroscopy (EELS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy analyses, we propose a PL mechanism for hydrothermally synthesized GQDs. PMID:26876153

  8. Femtosecond pulsed laser ablation in microfluidics for synthesis of photoluminescent ZnSe quantum dots

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    Yang, Chao, E-mail: chaoyangscu@gmail.com [College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, 1st Ring Road, Chengdu 610064 (China); Feng, Guoying, E-mail: guoing_feng@scu.edu.cn [College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, 1st Ring Road, Chengdu 610064 (China); Dai, Shenyu, E-mail: 232127079@qq.com [College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, 1st Ring Road, Chengdu 610064 (China); Wang, Shutong, E-mail: wangshutong.scu@gmail.com [College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, 1st Ring Road, Chengdu 610064 (China); Li, Guang, E-mail: 632524844@qq.com [College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, 1st Ring Road, Chengdu 610064 (China); Zhang, Hua [College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, 1st Ring Road, Chengdu 610064 (China); Zhou, Shouhuan, E-mail: zhoush@scu.edu.cn [College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, 1st Ring Road, Chengdu 610064 (China); North China Research Institute of Electro-Optics, 4 Jiuxianqiao Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015 (China)

    2017-08-31

    Highlights: • A novel method for synthesis and coating of quantum dots by ultrafast laser pulses. • Mild and “green” synthesis method without toxic chemicals. • Enhanced bright green light emission without doped transition metal ions. • Ultrafast laser and coating layer enhanced the emission originated from defects. - Abstract: A simple but new toxic chemical free method, Femtosecond Laser Ablation in Microfluidics (FLAM) was proposed for the first time. ZnSe quantum dots of 4–6 nm were synthesized and with the use of hyperbranched Polyethyleneimine (PEI) as both structural and functional coated layer. These aqueous nanosized micelles consisting of quantum dots exhibit deep defect states emission of bright green light centered at 500 nm. A possible mechanism for the enhanced board band emission was discussed. The properties of toxic matters free and enhanced photoluminescence without doped transition metal ions demonstrate an application potential for biomedical imaging.

  9. Photoluminescence from quantum dots in cubic GaN/InGaN/GaN double heterostructures

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    Husberg, O.; Khartchenko, A.; As, D. J.; Vogelsang, H.; Frey, T.; Schikora, D.; Lischka, K.; Noriega, O. C.; Tabata, A.; Leite, J. R.

    2001-08-01

    We have measured photoluminescence spectra of molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown cubic GaN/InxGa1-xN/GaN double heterostructures with x between 0.09 and 0.33. We observe a luminescence peak at about 2.3-2.4 eV which is almost independent of the InGaN layer composition. High-resolution x-ray diffraction measurements revealed a pseudomorphic In-rich phase with x=0.56±0.02 embedded in the InGaN layers. Including strain effects we calculate a gap energy Eg=2.13 eV of this phase. In cubic InGaN, spontaneous polarization and strain-induced piezoelectric fields are negligible. Therefore, the observed difference between the luminescence energy and the gap of the In-rich phase is assumed to be due to the localization of excitons at quantum-dot-like structures with a size of about 15 nm.

  10. Self-assembly and photoluminescence evolution of hydrophilic and hydrophobic quantum dots in sol–gel processes

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    Yang, Ping, E-mail: mse_yangp@ujn.edu.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Matras-Postolek, Katarzyna [Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Cracow University of Technology, Krakow 31-155 (Poland); Song, Xueling; Zheng, Yan; Liu, Yumeng; Ding, Kun; Nie, Shijie [School of Material Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) with tunable photoluminescence (PL) wavelength were assembled into various morphologies including chain, hollow spheres, fibers, and ring structures through sol–gel processes. The PL properties during assembly as investigated. - Highlights: • Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized from several ligands. • The evolution of PL in self-assembly via sol–gel processes was investigated. • CdTe QDs were assembled into a chain by controlling hydrolysis and condensation reactions. • Hollow spheres, fibers, and ring structures were created via CdSe/ZnS QDs in sol–gel processes. - Abstract: Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) with tunable photoluminescence (PL) wavelength were synthesized from several ligands to investigate the PL evolution in QD self-assembly via sol–gel processes. After ligand exchange, CdTe QDs were assembled into a chain by controlling the hydrolysis and condensation reaction of 3-mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane. The chain was then coated with a SiO{sub 2} shell from tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). Hollow spheres, fibers, and ring structures were created from CdSe/ZnS QDs via various sol–gel processes. CdTe QDs revealed red-shifted and narrowed PL spectrum after assembly compared with their initial one. In contrast, the red-shift of PL spectra of CdSe/ZnS QDs is small. By optimizing experimental conditions, SiO{sub 2} spheres with multiple CdSe/ZnS QDs were fabricated using TEOS and MPS. The QDs in these SiO{sub 2} spheres retained their initial PL properties. This result is useful for application because of their high stability and high PL efficiency of 33%.

  11. Optical absorption, photoluminescence and structural analysis of CdS quantum dots in weak confinement

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    Mishra, Rakesh K.; Vedeshwar, A. G.; Tandon, R. P.

    2014-02-01

    The diffusion-controlled growth of CdS quantum dots (QDs) dispersed in a silicate glass matrix was investigated. It was found that the size of CdS QDs can be controlled by either heat treatment at various temperatures for a fixed duration or varying times at a constant temperature. Pastel yellow colored glass samples were obtained due to the presence of CdS petite crystals. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used for determining the average dot size which varied from 3.8 to 30 nm. The typical quantum confinement effect was clearly observed from the blue shift measured in the optical absorption edge with decreasing dot size in the absorption spectroscopy. The band gap of CdS QDs ranges from 2.41 to 2.82 eV. Measured photoluminescence (PL) at an excitation wavelength of 350 nm showed the red shift of emission wavelength with increasing thermal treatment time and temperature in agreement with the increasing dot sizes. The half-width of PL spectra seems to indicate qualitatively the size distribution of dots and is consistent with the treatment parameters.

  12. Brightly photoluminescent phosphor materials based on silicon quantum dots with oxide shell passivation.

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    Tu, Chang-Ching; Zhang, Qifeng; Lin, Lih Y; Cao, Guozhong

    2012-01-02

    We demonstrate silicon-based phosphor materials which exhibit bright photoluminescence from near-infra-red to green. The colloidal composites which are composed of silicon quantum dots (SiQDs) attached on micro-size silicon particles are synthesized by electrochemical etching of silicon wafers and then dispersed in ethanol. Subsequently, isotropic etching by HF/HNO3 mixture controls the size so as the emission wavelength of SiQDs, and forms an oxide passivating shell. The phosphors can further react with alkoxysilanes to form a stable suspension in non-polar solvents for solution-processing. The resulting red-light-emitting SiQD-based phosphors in chloroform exhibit photoluminescence external quantum efficiency of 15.9%. Their thin films can be efficiently excited by InGaN light-emitting diodes and are stable in room condition.

  13. Magnetic enhancement of photoluminescence from blue-luminescent graphene quantum dots

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    Chen, Qi; Shi, Chentian; Zhang, Chunfeng; Pu, Songyang; Wang, Rui; Wu, Xuewei; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xue, Fei; Pan, Dengyu; Xiao, Min

    2016-02-01

    Graphene quantum-dots (GQDs) have been predicted and demonstrated with fascinating optical and magnetic properties. However, the magnetic effect on the optical properties remains experimentally unexplored. Here, we conduct a magneto-photoluminescence study on the blue-luminescence GQDs at cryogenic temperatures with magnetic field up to 10 T. When the magnetic field is applied, a remarkable enhancement of photoluminescence emission has been observed together with an insignificant change in circular polarization. The results have been well explained by the scenario of magnetic-field-controlled singlet-triplet mixing in GQDs owing to the Zeeman splitting of triplet states, which is further verified by temperature-dependent experiments. This work uncovers the pivotal role of intersystem crossing in GQDs, which is instrumental for their potential applications such as light-emitting diodes, photodynamic therapy, and spintronic devices.

  14. Photoluminescent C-dots@RGO for sensitive detection of hydrogen peroxide and glucose.

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    Yeh, Ting-Yin; Wang, Chen-I; Chang, Huan-Tsung

    2013-10-15

    We have demonstrated sensitive detections of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and glucose using reduced graphene oxide decorated with carbon dots (C-dots@RGO). The C-dots@RGO prepared from catechin (reducing agent and carbon source) and graphene oxide via hydrothermal routes possesses excitation-wavelength-dependence photoluminescence (PL) characteristics, with maximum excitation and emission wavelengths of 365 and 440 nm, respectively. The C-dots@RGO is stable in solution containing NaCl up to 350 mM, but is quenched by reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS reacts with H2O2 and thus its PL quenching toward the C-dots@RGO is minimized. When using C-dots@RGO and glucose oxidase (GOx), the PL assay allows detection of glucose in the presence of 10 µM of bovine serum albumin, with linearity over a concentration range from 1 to 60 µM (r=0.99) and a limit of detection (at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3) of 140 nM. The practicality of this assay has been validated by determining the concentrations of glucose in serum and saliva samples, with results of 5.1 ± 0.6mM (n=3) and 117.9 ± 8.1 μM (n=3), respectively. Our simple and sensitive assay opens a new avenue of developing assays for various analytes using C-dots@RGO in conjunction with different enzymes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. AgCl-doped CdSe quantum dots with near-IR photoluminescence

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    Kotin, Pavel Aleksandrovich; Bubenov, Sergey Sergeevich; Mordvinova, Natalia Evgenievna; Dorofeev, Sergey Gennadievich

    2017-01-01

    We report the synthesis of colloidal CdSe quantum dots doped with a novel Ag precursor: AgCl. The addition of AgCl causes dramatic changes in the morphology of synthesized nanocrystals from spherical nanoparticles to tetrapods and finally to large ellipsoidal nanoparticles. Ellipsoidal nanoparticles possess an intensive near-IR photoluminescence ranging up to 0.9 eV (ca. 1400 nm). In this article, we explain the reasons for the formation of the ellipsoidal nanoparticles as well as the peculia...

  16. Dilute nitride InNP quantum dots: Growth and photoluminescence mechanism

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    Kuang, Y. J. [Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Takabayashi, K.; Kamiya, I. [Quantum Interface Laboratory, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya 468-8511 (Japan); Sukrittanon, S. [Material Science and Engineering Program, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Pan, J. L.; Tu, C. W. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States)

    2014-10-27

    Self-assembled dilute nitride InNP quantum dots (QDs) in GaP matrix grown under the Stranski-Krastanov mode by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy are studied. The N-related localized states inside the InNP QDs provide a spatially direct recombination channel, in contrast to the spatially indirect channel through the strained In(N)P QDs/GaP interface states. The N incorporation into InP QDs therefore causes a blueshift and double-peak features in photoluminescence, which are not observed in other dilute nitride materials.

  17. Coupling effects on photoluminescence of exciton states in asymmetric quantum dot molecules.

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    Fino, Nelson R; Camacho, Angela S; Ramírez, Hanz Y

    2014-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of photoluminescence from exciton states in InAs/GaAs asymmetric dot pairs, where interdot coupling is reached via magnetic field in the Faraday configuration. Electronic structure is obtained by finite element calculations, and Coulomb effects are included using a perturbative approach. According to our simulated spectra, bright excited states may become optically accessible at low temperatures in hybridization regimes where intermixing with the ground state is achieved. Our results show effective magnetic control on the energy, polarization and intensity of emitted light, and suggest these coupled nanostructures as relevant candidates for implementation of quantum optoelectronic devices.

  18. Time-resolved photoluminescence properties of semiconductor quantum dot superlattices of different microcrystal shapes

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    Chae, Weon-Sik, E-mail: wschae@kbsi.re.kr; Choi, Eunjin; Ku Jung, Yun [Korea Basic Science Institute, Gangneung 210-702 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Jin-Seung [Department of Chemistry, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung 210-702 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jin-Kyu [Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-747 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-04-14

    We report time-resolved photoluminescence properties on semiconductor quantum dot (QD) superlattices (SLs) using PL lifetime imaging microscopy at a single particle level. PL lifetime imaging technique clearly reveals that different shaped QD SL microcrystals have different time-resolved PL characteristics. The faceted SL microcrystals consisted of well-organized QDs showed faster recombination rates than those of the spherical microparticles including randomly organized QDs, which can be explained by the different degree of energetic couplings among component QDs due to different packing fraction.

  19. Studying of the photoluminescence characteristics of AgInS2 quantum dots

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    Yang, Fan; Wang, Yinghui; Gao, Jiechao; Sui, Ning; Liu, Qinghui; Wang, Yue; Liu, Liwei; Zou, Lu; Kang, Zhihui; Zhang, Hanzhuang

    2015-03-01

    The optical properties of AgInS2 quantum dots (QDs), with the average size being 5 nm, are studied in detail. The photoluminescence (PL) of AgInS2 QDs in solution and aggregation state exhibits an unusual temperature-dependent peak shift behaviour. Therefore, the relaxation process of excited QDs is detected using transient absorption technique, which shows that two kinds of emission states (involving the exciton state and trapping state) participate in the PL process of QDs. The emission of trapping state is expected to play an important role in the temperature-dependent evolution of PL peak.

  20. The dual roles of functional groups in the photoluminescence of graphene quantum dots

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    Wang, Shujun; Cole, Ivan S.; Zhao, Dongyuan; Li, Qin

    2016-03-01

    The photoluminescent properties of graphene nanoparticle (named graphene quantum dots) have attracted significant research attention in recent years owing to their profound application potential. However, the photoluminescence (PL) origin of this class of nanocarbons is still unclear. In this paper, combining direct experimental evidence enabled by a facile size-tunable oxygenated graphene quantum dots (GQDs) synthesis method and theoretical calculations, the roles of the aromatic core, functional groups and disordered structures (i.e. defects and sp3 carbon) in the PL of oxygenated GQDs are elucidated in detail. In particular, we found that the functional groups on GQDs play dual roles in the overall emission: (1) they enable π* --> n and σ* --> n transitions, resulting in a molecular type of PL, spectrally invariable with change of particle size or excitation energy; (2) similar to defects and sp3 carbon, functional groups also induce structural deformation to the aromatic core, leading to mid-gap states or, in other words, energy traps, causing π* --> mid-gap states --> π transitions. Therefore, functional groups contribute to both the blue edge and the red shoulder of GQDs' PL spectra. The new insights on the role of functional groups in PL of fluorescent nanocarbons will enable better designs of this new class of materials.The photoluminescent properties of graphene nanoparticle (named graphene quantum dots) have attracted significant research attention in recent years owing to their profound application potential. However, the photoluminescence (PL) origin of this class of nanocarbons is still unclear. In this paper, combining direct experimental evidence enabled by a facile size-tunable oxygenated graphene quantum dots (GQDs) synthesis method and theoretical calculations, the roles of the aromatic core, functional groups and disordered structures (i.e. defects and sp3 carbon) in the PL of oxygenated GQDs are elucidated in detail. In particular, we found

  1. Temperature dependence of the photoluminescence of MnS/ZnS core—shell quantum dots

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    Fang, Dai-Feng; Ding, Xing; Dai, Ru-Cheng; Zhao, Zhi; Wang, Zhong-Ping; Zhang, Zeng-Ming

    2014-12-01

    The temperature dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) from MnS/ZnS core—shell quantum dots is investigated in a temperature range of 8 K-300 K. The orange emission from the 4T1 → 6A1 transition of Mn2+ ions and the blue emission related to the trapped surface state are observed in the MnS/ZnS core—shell quantum dots. As the temperature increases, the orange emission is shifted toward a shorter wavelength while the blue emission is shifted towards the longer wavelength. Both the orange and blue emissions reduce their intensities with the increase of temperature but the blue emission is quenched faster. The temperature-dependent luminescence intensities of the two emissions are well explained by the thermal quenching theory.

  2. Wavelength-tunable photoluminescence of ZnSe quantum dot micelles synthesized by femtosecond laser ablation in microfluidics

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    Yang, Chao; Feng, Guoying; Wang, Shutong; Dai, Jiangyun; Zhang, Yuqin; Zhou, Shouhuan

    2017-09-01

    Aqueous ZnSe quantum dots were synthesized by femtosecond laser ablation in microfluidics (FLAM). Hyperbranched polyethylenimine (PEI) was used to form quantum dot micelles which exhibited wavelength-tunable photoluminescence of bright visible light with the variation of pH values. The emission was attributed to the radiative deep levels introduced by the defect states. The emission peak center exhibited a blue shift as much as 25 nm to the shorter band. A possible band gap expansion mechanism for the photoluminescence wavelength tunability was discussed.

  3. Exploration of CdTe quantum dots as mesoscale pressure sensors via time-resolved shock-compression photoluminescent emission spectroscopy

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    Kang, Zhitao; Banishev, Alexandr A.; Lee, Gyuhyon; Scripka, David A.; Breidenich, Jennifer; Xiao, Pan; Christensen, James; Zhou, Min; Summers, Christopher J.; Dlott, Dana D.; Thadhani, Naresh N.

    2016-07-01

    The nanometer size of CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and their unique optical properties, including size-tunable narrow photoluminescent emission, broad absorption, fast photoluminescence decay, and negligible light scattering, are ideal features for spectrally tagging the shock response of localized regions in highly heterogeneous materials such as particulate media. In this work, the time-resolved laser-excited photoluminescence response of QDs to shock-compression was investigated to explore their utilization as mesoscale sensors for pressure measurements and in situ diagnostics during shock loading experiments. Laser-driven shock-compression experiments with steady-state shock pressures ranging from 2.0 to 13 GPa were performed on nanocomposite films of CdTe QDs dispersed in a soft polyvinyl alcohol polymer matrix and in a hard inorganic sodium silicate glass matrix. Time-resolved photoluminescent emission spectroscopy was used to correlate photoluminescence changes with the history of shock pressure and the dynamics of the matrix material surrounding the QDs. The results revealed pressure-induced blueshifts in emitted wavelength, decreases in photoluminescent emission intensity, reductions in peak width, and matrix-dependent response times. Data obtained for these QD response characteristics serve as indicators for their use as possible time-resolved diagnostics of the dynamic shock-compression response of matrix materials in which such QDs are embedded as in situ sensors.

  4. Exploration of CdTe quantum dots as mesoscale pressure sensors via time-resolved shock-compression photoluminescent emission spectroscopy

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    Kang, Zhitao [Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0826 (United States); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0245 (United States); Banishev, Alexandr A.; Christensen, James; Dlott, Dana D. [School of Chemical Sciences and Fredrick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Lee, Gyuhyon; Scripka, David A.; Breidenich, Jennifer; Summers, Christopher J.; Thadhani, Naresh N., E-mail: naresh.thadhani@mse.gatech.edu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0245 (United States); Xiao, Pan [LNM, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0405 (United States); Zhou, Min [George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0405 (United States)

    2016-07-28

    The nanometer size of CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and their unique optical properties, including size-tunable narrow photoluminescent emission, broad absorption, fast photoluminescence decay, and negligible light scattering, are ideal features for spectrally tagging the shock response of localized regions in highly heterogeneous materials such as particulate media. In this work, the time-resolved laser-excited photoluminescence response of QDs to shock-compression was investigated to explore their utilization as mesoscale sensors for pressure measurements and in situ diagnostics during shock loading experiments. Laser-driven shock-compression experiments with steady-state shock pressures ranging from 2.0 to 13 GPa were performed on nanocomposite films of CdTe QDs dispersed in a soft polyvinyl alcohol polymer matrix and in a hard inorganic sodium silicate glass matrix. Time-resolved photoluminescent emission spectroscopy was used to correlate photoluminescence changes with the history of shock pressure and the dynamics of the matrix material surrounding the QDs. The results revealed pressure-induced blueshifts in emitted wavelength, decreases in photoluminescent emission intensity, reductions in peak width, and matrix-dependent response times. Data obtained for these QD response characteristics serve as indicators for their use as possible time-resolved diagnostics of the dynamic shock-compression response of matrix materials in which such QDs are embedded as in situ sensors.

  5. Enhanced photoluminescence of corrugated Al2O3 film assisted by colloidal CdSe quantum dots.

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    Bai, Zhongchen; Hao, Licai; Zhang, Zhengping; Huang, Zhaoling; Qin, Shuijie

    2017-05-19

    We present the enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of a corrugated Al2O3 film enabled by colloidal CdSe quantum dots. The colloidal CdSe quantum dots are fabricated directly on a corrugated Al2O3 substrate using an electrochemical deposition (ECD) method in a microfluidic system. The photoluminescence is excited by using a 150 nm diameter ultraviolet laser spot of a scanning near-field optical microscope. Owing to the electron transfer from the conduction band of the CdSe quantum dots to that of Al2O3, the enhanced photoluminescence effect is observed, which results from the increase in the recombination rate of electrons and holes on the Al2O3 surface and the reduction in the fluorescence of the CdSe quantum dots. A periodically-fluctuating fluorescent spectrum was exhibited because of the periodical wire-like corrugated Al2O3 surface serving as an optical grating. The spectral topographic map around the fluorescence peak from the Al2O3 areas covered with CdSe quantum dots was unique and attributed to the uniform deposition of CdSe QDs on the corrugated Al2O3 surface. We believe that the microfluidic ECD system and the surface enhanced fluorescence method described in this paper have potential applications in forming uniform optoelectronic films of colloidal quantum dots with controllable QD spacing and in boosting the fluorescent efficiency of weak PL devices.

  6. In-situ Evidence of the Redox-State Dependence of Photoluminescence in Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Barrera, Joaquin; Ibañez, David; Heras, Aranzazu; Ruiz, Virginia; Colina, Alvaro

    2017-01-19

    Changes in the optical properties of graphene quantum dots (GQD) during electrochemical reduction and oxidation were investigated by photoluminescence (PL) spectroelectrochemistry, which provided direct in situ evidence of the dependence of GQD luminescence on their redox state. We demonstrated that GQD PL intensity was enhanced upon reduction (quantum yield increased from 0.44 to 0.55) and substantially bleached during oxidation (quantum yield ∼0.12). Moreover, PL emission blue/red-shifted upon GQD reduction/oxidation, rendering information about electronic transitions involved in the redox processes, namely, the π → π* and the n → π* transitions between energy levels of the aromatic sp 2 domains and the functional groups, respectively. PL intensity changes during GQD reduction/oxidation resulted from a variation in structural changes in GQD as a result of charge injection, as corroborated by in situ Raman spectroelectrochemistry.

  7. Origin of tunable photoluminescence from graphene quantum dots synthesized via pulsed laser ablation.

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    Santiago, S R M; Lin, T N; Yuan, C T; Shen, J L; Huang, H Y; Lin, C A J

    2016-08-10

    A one-step synthesis of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) has been implemented using pulsed laser ablation (PLA) with carboxyl-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The synthesized GQDs with an average size smaller than 3 nm were obtained by the fragmentation of MWCNTs via oxidative cutting. The GQDs can generate tunable photoluminescence (PL) ranging from green to blue by controlling the PLA time. The PL spectrum (decay time) of the green GQDs remains unchanged under different excitation energies (emission energies), while that of the blue GQDs correlates with the excitation energy (emission energy). On the basis of the pH and temperature dependence of PL, we suggest that the localized intrinsic states associated with the sp(2) nanodomains and delocalized extrinsic states embedded on the GQD surface are responsible for blue and green emission in GQDs, respectively.

  8. Two beam photoluminescence of PbS quantum dots in polyvinyl alcohol

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    Babu Pendyala, Naresh; Koteswara Rao, K. S. R.

    2010-11-01

    We report the effect of dual beam excitation on the photoluminescence (PL) from PbS quantum dots in polyvinyl alcohol by using two excitation lasers, namely Ar + (514.5 nm) and He-Ne laser (670 nm). Both sources of excitation gave similar PL spectra around 1.67 eV (related to shallow traps) and 1.1 eV (related to deep traps). When both lasers were used at the same time, we found that the PL induced by each of the lasers was partly quenched by the illumination of the other laser. The proposed mechanism of this quenching effect involves traps that are populated by one specific laser excitation, being photo-ionized by the presence of the other laser. Temperature, laser intensity and modulation frequency dependent quenching efficiencies are presented in this paper. This reversible modulation has potential for optical switching and memory device applications.

  9. Green approach to photoluminescent carbon dots for imaging of gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli

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    Das, Poushali; Bose, Madhuparna; Ganguly, Sayan; Mondal, Subhadip; Das, Amit Kumar; Banerjee, Susanta; Das, Narayan Chandra

    2017-05-01

    Fluorescent carbon dots, zero-dimensional nanomaterials with surface ligands, have been studied extensively over the past few years in biolabelling or fluorescence-based live cell assays. In the past, synthetic organic dyes have been used as cell tracking materials, but they have severe limitations; fluorescent carbon dots may pave the way to biolabelling and cell imaging. In this work, green fluorescent carbon dots have been synthesized from a green source, gram, without any sort of covalent or ionic modifications. These gram-derived carbon dots are unique with respect to synthetic commercial cell-tracking dyes as they are non-toxic, cell internalization occurs quickly, and they have excellent bioconjugation with bacterial cells. Our aim is to establish these carbon dots in a biolabelling assay with its other physicochemical features like the tunable luminescence property, high degree of water solubility and low toxicity, towards various environments (wide range of pH, high ionic strength). Our study introduces a new perspective on the commercialization of carbon dots as a potential alternative to synthetic organic dyes for fluorescence-based cell-labelling assays.

  10. Graphene Quantum Dots-based Photoluminescent Sensor: A Multifunctional Composite for Pesticide Detection.

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    Zor, Erhan; Morales-Narváez, Eden; Zamora-Gálvez, Alejandro; Bingol, Haluk; Ersoz, Mustafa; Merkoçi, Arben

    2015-09-16

    Due to their size and difficulty to obtain, cost/effective biological or synthetic receptors (e.g., antibodies or aptamers, respectively), organic toxic compounds (e.g., less than 1 kDa) are generally challenging to detect using simple platforms such as biosensors. This study reports on the synthesis and characterization of a novel multifunctional composite material, magnetic silica beads/graphene quantum dots/molecularly imprinted polypyrrole (mSGP). mSGP is engineered to specifically and effectively capture and signal small molecules due to the synergy among chemical, magnetic, and optical properties combined with molecular imprinting of tributyltin (291 Da), a hazardous compound, selected as a model analyte. Magnetic and selective properties of the mSGP composite can be exploited to capture and preconcentrate the analyte onto its surface, and its photoluminescent graphene quantum dots, which are quenched upon analyte recognition, are used to interrogate the presence of the contaminant. This multifunctional material enables a rapid, simple and sensitive platform for small molecule detection, even in complex mediums such as seawater, without any sample treatment.

  11. Photoluminescent Hybrids of Cellulose Nanocrystals and Carbon Quantum Dots as Cytocompatible Probes for in Vitro Bioimaging.

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    Guo, Jiaqi; Liu, Dongfei; Filpponen, Ilari; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Malho, Jani-Markus; Quraishi, Sakeena; Liebner, Falk; Santos, Hélder A; Rojas, Orlando J

    2017-07-10

    We present an approach to construct biocompatible and photoluminescent hybrid materials comprised of carbon quantum dots (CQDs) and TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanocrystals (TO-CNCs). First, the amino-functionalized carbon quantum dots (NH2-CQDs) were synthesized using a simple microwave method, and the TO-CNCs were prepared by hydrochloric acid (HCl) hydrolysis followed by TEMPO-mediated oxidation. The conjugation of NH2-CQDs and TO-CNCs was conducted via carbodiimide-assisted coupling chemistry. The synthesized TO-CNC@CQD hybrid nanomaterials were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, cryo-transmittance electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Finally, the interactions of TO-CNC@CQD hybrids with HeLa and RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were investigated in vitro. Cell viability tests suggest the surface conjugation with NH2-CQDs not only improved the cytocompatibility of TO-CNCs, but also enhanced their cellular association and internalization on both HeLa and RAW 264.7 cells after 4 and 24 h incubation.

  12. The mechanisms for linear polarization loss of in-plane photoluminescence of InGaAs/GaAs quantum well and quantum dot structures

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    Aleshkin, VY; Zvonkov, BN; Malkina, IG; Chernov, AL; Romanov, YA

    1999-01-01

    The mechanisms for linear polarization loss of photoluminescence from quantum wells and quantum dots in InGaAs/GaAs structures observed from cleavages have been investigated. It is found that the mechanisms for polarization loss of in-plane photoluminescence are different for OD and 2D hole states.

  13. Tunable photoluminescence of Cd free AgInS2 quantum dots: Synthesis and application for light emitting diodes

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    Lv, Jiufang; Liang, Xiao

    2017-10-01

    I-III-VI semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) without Cd element have attracted considerable attention in the optoelectronics device areas. Herein, we demonstrated that AgInS2 QDs with tunable photoluminescence were used for light emitting diodes (LEDs). With the increase of reaction temperature, the photoluminescence (PL) peak was monotonically red shifted from 600 to 750 nm. The temperature-dependent lifetime of the photoluminescence emission could reach to 900 ns. The successful synthesis of the AgInS2 nanocrystals with long PL lifetime provided a potential application in LEDs. The fabricated QDs LEDs exhibited a relative low turn-on voltage of 2.9 V and a maximum luminance intensity of 122 cd/m2.

  14. Simultaneous Gene Delivery and Tracking through Preparation of Photo-Luminescent Nanoparticles Based on Graphene Quantum Dots and Chimeric Peptides

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    Ghafary, Soroush Moasses; Nikkhah, Maryam; Hatamie, Shadie; Hosseinkhani, Saman

    2017-01-01

    Designing suitable nano-carriers for simultaneous gene delivery and tracking is in the research priorities of the molecular medicine. Non-toxic graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with two different (green and red) emission colors are synthesized by Hummer?s method and characterized by UV-Vis, Photoluminescence (PL), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The GQDs are co...

  15. Photoluminescence of ZnS: Mn quantum dot by hydrothermal method

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    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnS: Mn quantum dots (QDs with the average grain size from 4.2 to 7.2 nm were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. All samples were cubic zinc blende structure (β-ZnS measured using X-ray diffraction (XRD. And the main diffraction peaks of ZnS: Mn shifted slightly towards higher angle in comparison with the intrinsic ZnS because of the substitution of Mn2+ for Zn2+. Due to the small grain size (4-7 nm effect, the poor dispersion and serious reunion phenomenon for the samples were observed from transmission electron microscopy (TEM. ZnS: Mn QDs had four peaks centered at 466, 495, 522, and 554 nm, respectively, in the photoluminescence (PL spectra, in which the band at 554 nm absent in the intrinsic ZnS: Mn is attributed to the doping of Mn2+ in the lattice sites. As the concentration of Mn2+ increasing from 0% to 0.6 at%, the intensity of the PL emission also increased. But the concentration reached 0.9 at%, quenching of PL emission occurred. The peak in ZnS: Mn QDs observed at 490 cm-1 was originated from the stretching vibration of the Mn–O bonds in the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectra. And the small changes about this peak compared with the previous reports at 500 cm-1 can be attributed to the formation of quantum dots. This method we utilized to synthesize ZnS: Mn QDs is very simple, low cost, and applicable for other semiconductor QD materials.

  16. Photoluminescence Quenching of CdTe Quantum Dots Generated via Glutathione-Capped Au Nanocrystals.

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    Zhu, Yuanna; Yang, Ping; Miao, Yanping; Cao, Yongqiang; Yang, Yang

    2015-06-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) quenching of thioglycolic acid (TGA)-capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) by glutathione (GSH)-capped Au nanocrystals (NCs) were investigated via PL degradated measurement. It was found that the PL of the QDs with several sizes can be effectively quenched by GSH-Au NCs. The size and PL peak wavelengths of QDs have no significant impact on the quenching processing. Through the characterizations of UV-visble absorption spectrum, Zeta potential and steady-state, and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, it was proved that the PL quenching of the QDs by GSH-Au NCs was attributed to static quenching caused by the formation of a QDs-Au complex. The binding parameters calculated from modified Stern-Volmer equation showed that the binding affinities between the GSH-Au NCs and CdTe QDs was in the order of 10(5) L x mol(-1), which indicated that the binding force was larger and the effective quenching occurred. The thermodynamic parameters studies revealed that the binding was characterized by positive enthalpy and positive entropy changes and hydrophobic force played a major role for QDs-Au association. In addition, all the quenching experiments were conducted in the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) buffer solution at pH 7.4 and the investigation is expected to be applied in the biology.

  17. Nonradiative centers in InAs quantum dots revealed by two-wavelength excited photoluminescence

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    Kamata, N. [Department of Functional Materials Science, Saitama University, 255 Shimo-Ohkubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 338-8570 (Japan)]. E-mail: kamata@fms.saitama-u.ac.jp; Saravanan, S. [Department of Nonlinear Science, ATR Wave Engineering. Laboratories, Kyoto 619-0288 (Japan); Zanardi Ocampo, J.M. [Department of Nonlinear Science, ATR Wave Engineering. Laboratories, Kyoto 619-0288 (Japan); Vaccaro, P.O. [Department of Nonlinear Science, ATR Wave Engineering. Laboratories, Kyoto 619-0288 (Japan); Arakawa, Y. [Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan)

    2006-04-01

    We studied nonradiative recombination centers in MBE-grown InAs/GaAs quantum dot (QD) structures with photoluminescence (PL) peak energies between 1.12 and 1.29 eV by the scheme of two-wavelength excitation. Temporally chopped below-gap excitation (BGE) light of 0.75 eV was superposed on a CW above-gap excitation light of 1.59 eV on the sample surface, and the resultant PL intensity change due to the BGE (BGE effect) was measured. Observed 25-35% decrease in PL intensity at 80-90 K implies a first discrimination of a pair of nonradiative centers activated at 0.75 eV inside the band gap of the QD region. Due to trap-filling, the BGE effect showed saturation with increasing BGE power. Its temperature dependence below 50 K was different from that of quantum wells, reflecting carrier dynamics peculiar to the QD.

  18. Effect of graphene on photoluminescence properties of graphene/GeSi quantum dot hybrid structures

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    Chen, Y. L.; Ma, Y. J.; Wang, W. Q.; Ding, K.; Wu, Q.; Fan, Y. L.; Yang, X. J.; Zhong, Z. Y.; Jiang, Z. M., E-mail: zmjiang@fudan.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics, Key Laboratory of Micro and Nano Photonic Structures (Ministry of Education) and Department of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Chen, D. D.; Xu, F. [SHU-SolarE R and D Lab, Department of Physics, College of Science, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2014-07-14

    Graphene has been discovered to have two effects on the photoluminescence (PL) properties of graphene/GeSi quantum dot (QD) hybrid structures, which were formed by covering monolayer graphene sheet on the multilayer ordered GeSi QDs sample surfaces. At the excitation of 488 nm laser line, the hybrid structure had a reduced PL intensity, while at the excitation of 325 nm, it had an enhanced PL intensity. The attenuation in PL intensity can be attributed to the transferring of electrons from the conducting band of GeSi QDs to the graphene sheet. The electron transfer mechanism was confirmed by the time resolved PL measurements. For the PL enhancement, a mechanism called surface-plasmon-polariton (SPP) enhanced absorption mechanism is proposed, in which the excitation of SPP in the graphene is suggested. Due to the resonant excitation of SPP by incident light, the absorption of incident light is much enhanced at the surface region, thus leading to more exciton generation and a PL enhancement in the region. The results may be helpful to provide us a way to improve optical properties of low dimensional surface structures.

  19. Carbon dot/polyvinylpyrrolidone hybrid nanofibers with efficient solid-state photoluminescence constructed using an electrospinning technique

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    Zhai, Yue; Bai, Xue; Cui, Haining; Zhu, Jinyang; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Tianxiang; Dong, Biao; Pan, Gencai; Xu, Lin; Zhang, Shuang; Song, Hongwei

    2018-01-01

    Carbon dots (CDs) are the promising candidates for application in optoelectronic and biological areas due to their excellent photostability, unique photoluminescence, good biocompatibility, low toxicity and chemical inertness. However, the self-quenching of photoluminescence as they are dried into the solid state dramatically limits their further application. Therefore, realizing efficient photoluminescence and large-scale production of CDs in the solid state is an urgent challenge. Herein, solid-state hybrid nanofibers based on CDs and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) are constructed through an electrospinning process. The resulting solid-state hybrid PVP/CD nanofibers present much enhanced photoluminescence performance compared to the corresponding pristine colloidal CDs due to the decrease in non-radiative recombination of electron–holes. Owing to the suppressed self-quenching of CDs, the photoluminescence quantum yield is considerably improved from 42.9% of pristine CDs to 83.5% of nanofibers under the excitation wavelength of 360 nm. This has great application potential in optical or optoelectronic devices.

  20. Photoluminescent sensing for acidic amino acids based on the disruption of graphene quantum dots/europium ions aggregates.

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    Zhang, Qi; Song, Chan; Zhao, Ting; Fu, Hai-Wei; Wang, Hui-Zhen; Wang, Yong-Jian; Kong, De-Ming

    2015-03-15

    A simple mix-and-detect photoluminescence method was developed for the turn-on detection of acidic amino acids. To achieve this, graphene quantum dots (GQDs), which emit both down-conversion and up-conversion photoluminescence were prepared by solvothermal synthesis. The carboxylic acid-rich surface not only increases the water solubility of the prepared GQDs, but also makes Eu(3+)-triggered GQDs aggregation possible, thus causing the photoluminescence quenching of GQDs. The quenched photoluminescence can be recovered by the competition between acidic amino acids and GQDs for Eu(3+). Under optimized conditions, sensitive and specific acidic amino acids quantitation can be achieved by utilizing the changes in either down-conversion or up-conversion photoluminescence. Up-conversion mode gives a little lower detection limit than the down-conversion one. Nearly overlapped calibration curves were obtained for the two acidic amino acids, glutamic acid (Glu) and aspartic acid (Asp), thus suggesting that the proposed method can be used not only for the quantitation of individual acidic amino acids, but also for the detection of total amount of them. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Facile synthesis and step by step enhancement of blue photoluminescence from Ag-doped ZnS quantum dots.

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    Sahai, Sonal; Husain, Mushahid; Shanker, Virendra; Singh, Nahar; Haranath, D

    2011-05-15

    Our results pertaining to the step by step enhancement of photoluminescence (PL) intensity from ZnS:Ag,Al quantum dots (QDs) are presented. Initially, these QDs were synthesized using a simple co-precipitation technique involving a surfactant, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), in de-ionised water. It was observed that the blue PL originated from ZnS:Ag,Al QDs was considerably weak and not suitable for any practical display application. Upon UV (365 nm) photolysis, the PL intensity augmented to ~170% and attained a saturation value after ~100 min of exposure. This is attributed to the photo-corrosion mechanism exerted by high-flux UV light on ZnS:Ag,Al QDs. Auxiliary enhancement of PL intensity to 250% has been evidenced by subjecting the QDs to high temperatures (200 °C) and pressures (~120 bars) in a sulphur-rich atmosphere, which is due to the improvement in crystallanity of ZnS QDs. The origin of the bright-blue PL has been discussed. The results were supported by X-ray phase analysis, high-resolution electron microscopy and compositional evaluation. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. The effect of rapid thermal annealing on the photoluminescence of InAsN/InGaAs dot-in-a-well structures

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    Gargallo-Caballero, R; Miguel-Sanchez, J; Guzman, A; Hierro, A; Munoz, E [Instituto de Sistemas Optoelectronicos y MicrotecnologIa (ISOM)-Departamento de IngenierIa Electronica, ETSI Telecomunicacion, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: rgargallo@die.upm.es

    2008-03-21

    The effect of post-growth rapid thermal annealing on the optical characteristics of InAsN/InGaAs dot-in-a-well DWELL structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs(1 0 0) has been studied. InAs/InGaAs DWELL structures have been used as a reference. Photoluminescence measurements of these samples show similar optical effects, such as a blueshift of the peak wavelength and a reduction of the full width of at half maximum PL emission, in both types of structures up to an annealing temperature of 750 deg. C. Nevertheless, at 850 deg. C, these effects are much more pronounced in the structures with N. These results suggest that an additional As-N interdiffusion process inside the InAsN quantum dots plays a dominant role in these effects at high annealing temperatures (850 deg. C) on InAsN/InGaAs structures.

  3. Perovskite Quantum Dots with Near Unity Solution and Neat-Film Photoluminescent Quantum Yield by Novel Spray Synthesis.

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    Dai, Shu-Wen; Hsu, Bo-Wei; Chen, Chien-Yu; Lee, Chia-An; Liu, Hsiao-Yun; Wang, Hsiao-Fang; Huang, Yu-Ching; Wu, Tien-Lin; Manikandan, Arumugam; Ho, Rong-Ming; Tsao, Cheng-Si; Cheng, Chien-Hong; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Lin, Hao-Wu

    2018-02-01

    In this study, a novel perovskite quantum dot (QD) spray-synthesis method is developed by combining traditional perovskite QD synthesis with the technique of spray pyrolysis. By utilizing this new technique, the synthesis of cubic-shaped perovskite QDs with a homogeneous size of 14 nm is demonstrated, which shows an unprecedented stable absolute photoluminescence quantum yield ≈100% in the solution and even in the solid-state neat film. The highly emissive thin films are integrated with light emission devices (LEDs) and organic light emission displays (OLEDs). The color conversion type QD-LED (ccQD-LED) hybrid devices exhibit an extremely saturated green emission, excellent external quantum efficiency of 28.1%, power efficiency of 121 lm W -1 , and extraordinary forward-direction luminescence of 8 500 000 cd m -2 . The conceptual ccQD-OLED hybrid display also successfully demonstrates high-definition still images and moving pictures with a 119% National Television System Committee 1931 color gamut and 123% Digital Cinema Initiatives-P3 color gamut. These very-stable, ultra-bright perovskite QDs have the properties necessary for a variety of useful applications in optoelectronics. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Facile synthesis of photoluminescent inorganic-organic hybrid carbon dots codoped with B and N: towards an efficient lubrication additive.

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    Zhang, Yunxiao; Cai, Tao; Shang, Wangji; Liu, Dan; Guo, Qiang; Liu, Shenggao

    2017-09-28

    A novel environmentally friendly bis-functional dicationic ionic liquid containing chelated orthoborate was synthesized and polycondensed with glutamic acid in order to synthesize inorganic-organic carbon dots (CD/IL) consisting of an ionic liquid moiety inserted in the carbon skeleton. The obtained CD/IL was found to be a new kind of nitrogen/boron-codoped nanomaterial, one with a mean particle diameter of 2.66 nm. CD/IL was verified to be a high-performance lubricant additive: in particular, the anti-wear and friction-reducing properties of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were improved by 89.34% and 62.18%, respectively, when 1% CD/IL was added. Lubricants consisting of a mixture of CD/IL and PEG showed intense blue photo-fluorescence, and the corresponding photoluminescence (PL) intensity decreased considerably after carrying out a tribo-test. Moreover, CD/IL became transferred onto a rubbing steel interface during the tribo-test according to EDX and Raman analyses of a worn surface. CD/IL showed poor crystallinity, and interestingly, an intense G (∼1600 cm-1) signature was detected on the steel surface after a high-load and long-duration tribo-test, which indicated that ordered carbon materials were generated on the interface, inhibiting the undesirable wear.

  5. Composition-dependent photoluminescence properties of CuInS{sub 2}/ZnS core/shell quantum dots

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    Hua, Jie [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin (China); College of Information Technology, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin (China); Du, Yuwei; Wei, Qi [College of Information Technology, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin (China); Yuan, Xi; Wang, Jin [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin (China); College of Information Technology, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin (China); Zhao, Jialong [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin (China); Li, Haibo, E-mail: lihaibo@jlnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin (China)

    2016-06-15

    CuInS{sub 2}/ZnS (CIS/ZnS) core/shell quantum dots (QDs) with various Cu/In ratios were synthesized using the hot-injection method, and their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated by measuring steady-state and time-resolved PL spectroscopy. The emission peak of the CIS/ZnS QDs were tuned from 680 to 580 nm by decreasing the Cu/In precursor ratio from 1/1 to 1/9. As the Cu/In ratio decreases, the PL lifetimes and PL quantum yields (QYs) of CIS/ZnS core/shell QDs increased firstly and then decreased. Two dominant radiative recombination processes were postulated to analyze composition-dependent PL properties, including the recombination from a quantized conduction band to deep defects state and donor-acceptor pair (DAP) recombination. The decrease of PL efficiency resulted from high density defects and traps, which formed at the interface between CIS core and ZnS shell due to the large off-stoichiometry composition. The PL intensity and peak energy for CIS/ZnS core/shell QDs as a function of temperature were also provided. The thermal quenching further confirmed that the PL emission of CIS/ZnS QDs did not come from the recombination of excitons but from the recombination of many kinds of intrinsic defects inside the QDs as emission centers.

  6. Charging and Discharging Channels in Photoluminescence Intermittency of Single Colloidal CdSe/CdS Core/Shell Quantum Dot.

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    Meng, Renyang; Qin, Haiyan; Niu, Yuan; Fang, Wei; Yang, Sen; Lin, Xing; Cao, Hujia; Ma, Junliang; Lin, Wanzhen; Tong, Limin; Peng, Xiaogang

    2016-12-15

    Understanding photoluminescence (PL) intermittency of single quantum dots (QDs) (intensity blinking by randomly switching between distinguishable brightness states under continuous excitation) has been a long-standing fundamental challenge and potential roadblock for their applications. Here we introduce a new analysis method for single-molecule spectroscopy that treats the blinking as photochemical/chemical processes (switching between neutral/bright and charged/dim states). It uncovers the channels for charging (bright to dim) and discharging (dim to bright) involved in PL blinking of single CdSe/CdS core/shell QDs. Both charging and discharging of the single CdSe/CdS core/shell QD possess a photochemical channel (∼10(-5) to 10(-6) events/photon) that linearly depends on excitation in both single- and multi-exciton regime. These two linear channels coupled to a spontaneous discharging channel (∼2 events/s) to dictate the QDs from nonblinking to gradually blinking under increasing excitation. For high-quality CdSe/CdS core/shell QDs, Auger ionization of multiexciton for both charging and discharging is negligible.

  7. Simultaneous Gene Delivery and Tracking through Preparation of Photo-Luminescent Nanoparticles Based on Graphene Quantum Dots and Chimeric Peptides.

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    Ghafary, Soroush Moasses; Nikkhah, Maryam; Hatamie, Shadie; Hosseinkhani, Saman

    2017-08-25

    Designing suitable nano-carriers for simultaneous gene delivery and tracking is in the research priorities of the molecular medicine. Non-toxic graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with two different (green and red) emission colors are synthesized by Hummer's method and characterized by UV-Vis, Photoluminescence (PL), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The GQDs are conjugated with MPG-2H1 chimeric peptide and plasmid DNA (pDNA) by non-covalent interactions. Following conjugation, the average diameter of the prepared GQDs increased from 80 nm to 280 nm in complex structure, and the ζ-potential of the complex increased (from -36.87 to -2.56 mV). High transfection efficiency of the nano-carrier and results of confocal microscopy demonstrated that our construct can be considered as a nontoxic carrier with dual functions for gene delivery and nuclear targeting.

  8. Mechanism for excitation-dependent photoluminescence from graphene quantum dots and other graphene oxide derivates: consensus, debates and challenges

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    Gan, Zhixing; Xu, Hao; Hao, Yanling

    2016-04-01

    Luminescent nanomaterials, with wide applications in biosensing, bioimaging, illumination and display techniques, have been consistently garnering enormous research attention. In particular, those with wavelength-controllable emissions could be highly beneficial. Carbon nanostructures, including graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and other graphene oxide derivates (GODs), with excitation-dependent photoluminescence (PL), which means their fluorescence color could be tuned simply by changing the excitation wavelength, have attracted lots of interest. However the intrinsic mechanism for the excitation-dependent PL is still obscure and fiercely debated presently. In this review, we attempt to summarize the latest efforts to explore the mechanism, including the quantum confinement effect, surface traps model, giant red-edge effect, edge states model and electronegativity of heteroatom model, as well as the newly developed synergistic model, to seek some clues to unravel the mechanism. Meanwhile the controversial difficulties for each model are further discussed. Besides this, the challenges and potential influences of the synthetic methodology and development of the materials are illustrated extensively to elicit more thought and constructive attempts toward their application.

  9. Freestanding carbon nanodots/poly (vinyl alcohol) films with high photoluminescent quantum yield realized by inverted-pyramid structure

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    Pang, Linna; Ba, Lixiang; Pan, Wei; Shen, Wenzhong

    2017-02-01

    Carbon nanodots (C-dots) have attracted great attention for their biocompatibility and strong tunable photoluminescence (PL). However, aggregation-induced PL quenching blocks their practical application in solid-state optoelectronics. Here, we report a luminescent C-dots freestanding film with a substantially enhanced high quantum yield (QY) of 72.3%. A facile template method, rather than complicate lithography and etching technique is proposed to fabricate the C-dots composite films with large-area (8 inch × 8 inch) ordered micro-scale inverted-pyramid patterns on the surface. The control experiment and theoretical analysis demonstrate the key success to QY enhancement lies in the separation of C-dots and the pattern of surface inverted-pyramid structure. This work realizes the QY enhancement simply by geometrical optics, not the chemical treatment of luminescent particles. It provides a general approach to fabricate large-area freestanding luminescent composite film with high QY.

  10. One-step, green, and economic synthesis of water-soluble photoluminescent carbon dots by hydrothermal treatment of wheat straw, and their bio-applications in labeling, imaging, and sensing

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    Yuan, Ming; Zhong, Ruibo; Gao, Haiyang; Li, Wanrong; Yun, Xiaoling; Liu, Jingran; Zhao, Xinmin; Zhao, Guofen; Zhang, Feng, E-mail: fengzhang1978@hotmail.com

    2015-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Water-soluble photoluminescent carbon dots can be synthesized simply by a green, economic and one-pot hydrothermal treatment of wheat straw with ∼20% yield, in addition to the compact size and robust photostability they are experimentally demonstrated for multiplexed applications such as sensing ions and labeling and imaging for inorganic nanostructures, cells and even nematodes. The converting biomass wastes to promising biocompatible nanomaterials could be a “one-stone-two-birds” strategy to other carbon-containing biomass waste for a highly effectively carbon recycling use and sustainable energy and environment future. - Highlights: • Photoluminescent carbon dots can be synthesized by wheat straw with about 20% yield. • Carbon dots can be used for both nonliving and living labeling, imaging, and sensing. • Carbon dots can be used as a fluorescent ink. - Abstract: The use of biomass as renewable and sustainable energy source has attracted the attention of politics and research and development (R&D) facilities around the world. Agricultural straw acts as a typical biowaste, which still needs highly effective recycling to save the biomass urgently at present. Photoluminescent carbon dots (C-dots) are novel biocompatible nanomaterials that have been proved to be produced from many carbon-abundant materials and hold great promise for the modern nanobiomedicine. In order to realize a “one-stone-two-birds” strategy, we report a green, economic, one-pot method in this article for synthesizing photoluminescent C-dots by hydrothermal treatment of wheat straw. Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), we show that the as-prepared C-dots are amorphous in structure and are mainly composed of carbon. Their tiny size (<2 nm), combined with the characteristic excitation-dependent relatively bright emission, and robust photostability made the C-dots a potential biocompatible nanomaterial for bio-applications. We

  11. One-step, green, and economic synthesis of water-soluble photoluminescent carbon dots by hydrothermal treatment of wheat straw, and their bio-applications in labeling, imaging, and sensing

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    Yuan, Ming; Zhong, Ruibo; Gao, Haiyang; Li, Wanrong; Yun, Xiaoling; Liu, Jingran; Zhao, Xinmin; Zhao, Guofen; Zhang, Feng

    2015-11-01

    The use of biomass as renewable and sustainable energy source has attracted the attention of politics and research and development (R&D) facilities around the world. Agricultural straw acts as a typical biowaste, which still needs highly effective recycling to save the biomass urgently at present. Photoluminescent carbon dots (C-dots) are novel biocompatible nanomaterials that have been proved to be produced from many carbon-abundant materials and hold great promise for the modern nanobiomedicine. In order to realize a ;one-stone-two-birds; strategy, we report a green, economic, one-pot method in this article for synthesizing photoluminescent C-dots by hydrothermal treatment of wheat straw. Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), we show that the as-prepared C-dots are amorphous in structure and are mainly composed of carbon. Their tiny size (<2 nm), combined with the characteristic excitation-dependent relatively bright emission, and robust photostability made the C-dots a potential biocompatible nanomaterial for bio-applications. We have experimentally demonstrated their potential applications in biomedical labeling, imaging, and sensing/detecting. The high yield (∼20%) of C-dots from wheat straw may suggest a new economic strategy for recycling biowaste.

  12. Probing the Quenching of Quantum Dot Photoluminescence by Peptide-Labeled Ruthenium(II) Complexes.

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    Scott, Amy M; Algar, W Russ; Stewart, Michael H; Trammell, Scott A; Blanco-Canosa, Juan B; Dawson, Philip E; Deschamps, Jeffrey R; Goswami, Ramasis; Oh, Eunkeu; Huston, Alan L; Medintz, Igor L

    2014-05-01

    Charge transfer processes with semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have generated much interest for potential utility in energy conversion. Such configurations are generally nonbiological; however, recent studies have shown that a redox-active ruthenium(II)-phenanthroline complex (Ru(2+)-phen) is particularly efficient at quenching the photoluminescence (PL) of QDs, and this mechanism demonstrates good potential for application as a generalized biosensing detection modality since it is aqueous compatible. Multiple possibilities for charge transfer and/or energy transfer mechanisms exist within this type of assembly, and there is currently a limited understanding of the underlying photophysical processes in such biocomposite systems where nanomaterials are directly interfaced with biomolecules such as proteins. Here, we utilize redox reactions, steady-state absorption, PL spectroscopy, time-resolved PL spectroscopy, and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (FSTA) to investigate PL quenching in biological assemblies of CdSe/ZnS QDs formed with peptide-linked Ru(2+)-phen. The results reveal that QD quenching requires the Ru(2+) oxidation state and is not consistent with Förster resonance energy transfer, strongly supporting a charge transfer mechanism. Further, two colors of CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs with similar macroscopic optical properties were found to have very different rates of charge transfer quenching, by Ru(2+)-phen with the key difference between them appearing to be the thickness of their ZnS outer shell. The effect of shell thickness was found to be larger than the effect of increasing distance between the QD and Ru(2+)-phen when using peptides of increasing persistence length. FSTA and time-resolved upconversion PL results further show that exciton quenching is a rather slow process consistent with other QD conjugate materials that undergo hole transfer. An improved understanding of the QD-Ru(2+)-phen system can allow for the design of more

  13. Probing the Quenching of Quantum Dot Photoluminescence by Peptide-Labeled Ruthenium(II) Complexes

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    2015-01-01

    Charge transfer processes with semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have generated much interest for potential utility in energy conversion. Such configurations are generally nonbiological; however, recent studies have shown that a redox-active ruthenium(II)–phenanthroline complex (Ru2+-phen) is particularly efficient at quenching the photoluminescence (PL) of QDs, and this mechanism demonstrates good potential for application as a generalized biosensing detection modality since it is aqueous compatible. Multiple possibilities for charge transfer and/or energy transfer mechanisms exist within this type of assembly, and there is currently a limited understanding of the underlying photophysical processes in such biocomposite systems where nanomaterials are directly interfaced with biomolecules such as proteins. Here, we utilize redox reactions, steady-state absorption, PL spectroscopy, time-resolved PL spectroscopy, and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (FSTA) to investigate PL quenching in biological assemblies of CdSe/ZnS QDs formed with peptide-linked Ru2+-phen. The results reveal that QD quenching requires the Ru2+ oxidation state and is not consistent with Förster resonance energy transfer, strongly supporting a charge transfer mechanism. Further, two colors of CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs with similar macroscopic optical properties were found to have very different rates of charge transfer quenching, by Ru2+-phen with the key difference between them appearing to be the thickness of their ZnS outer shell. The effect of shell thickness was found to be larger than the effect of increasing distance between the QD and Ru2+-phen when using peptides of increasing persistence length. FSTA and time-resolved upconversion PL results further show that exciton quenching is a rather slow process consistent with other QD conjugate materials that undergo hole transfer. An improved understanding of the QD–Ru2+-phen system can allow for the design of more sophisticated

  14. Photoluminescence effects of graphitic core size and surface functional groups in carbon dots: COO− induced red-shift emission

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    Hola, Katerina

    2014-04-01

    We present a simple molecular approach to control the lipophilic/ hydrophilic nature of photoluminescent carbon dots (CDs) based on pyrolysis of alkyl gallate precursors. Depending on the gallic acid derivative used, CDs with different alkyl groups (methyl, propyl, lauryl) on the surface can be obtained by isothermal heating at 270 C. This precursor-derived approach allows not only the control of lipophilicity but also the length of the particular alkyl chain enables the control over both the size and photoluminescence (PL) of the prepared CDs. Moreover, the alkyl chains on the CDs surface can be readily converted to carboxylate groups via a mild base hydrolysis to obtain water dispersible CDs with a record biocompatibility. The observed differences in PL properties of CDs and time-resolved PL data, including contributions from carbogenic cores and surface functional group, are rationalized and discussed in detail using time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Room temperature photoluminescence (lambda = 1.3 mu m) of InGaAs quantum dots in Si(001) substrate

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    Burbaev, T M; Kurbatov, V A; Rzaev, M M; Tsvetkov, V A; Tsekhosh, V I

    2002-01-01

    A heterostructure with GaAs/In sub x Ga sub 1 sub - sub x As quantum dots has exhibit intense photoluminescence in the range of 1.3 mu m at room temperature. It was grown on Si(001) substrate with Si sub 1 sub - sub x Ge sub x buffer layer. The growth process was performed consecutively in two molecular beam epitaxy systems with over loading through out the atmosphere. Results of growth process study by the fast electron diffraction method are presented

  16. Optical properties of type-II AlInAs/AlGaAs quantum dots by photoluminescence studies

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    Saïdi, I.; Neffati, R.; Ben Radhia, S.; Boujdaria, K., E-mail: kais.boujdaria@fsb.rnu.tn [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux: Structure et Propriétés, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021 Zarzouna, Bizerte (Tunisia); Lemaître, A. [Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures, CNRS, UPR 20, Route de Nozay, F-91460 Marcoussis (France); Bernardot, F.; Testelin, C. [Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS-UMR 7588, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, F-75005 Paris (France)

    2016-07-21

    We report photoluminescence (PL) characterization and model simulation of AlInAs/AlGaAs type-II quantum dots (QDs). A thorough and precise determination of the band parameters for QD and matrix materials is given, focusing on the effects of alloy composition and strain state on the electronic properties. Origins of experimentally observed PL emission peaks are identified through a comparison with the band lineup theoretically determined in this work. We interpret the QD emission as originating from indirect type-II transitions involving electrons in the barrier X valley and heavy holes with S and P symmetry.

  17. Redshifted and blueshifted photoluminescence emission of InAs/InP quantum dots upon amorphization of phase change material.

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    Humam, Nurrul Syafawati Binti; Sato, Yu; Takahashi, Motoki; Kanazawa, Shohei; Tsumori, Nobuhiro; Regreny, Philippe; Gendry, Michel; Saiki, Toshiharu

    2014-06-16

    We present the mechanisms underlying the redshifted and blueshifted photoluminescence (PL) of quantum dots (QDs) upon amorphization of phase change material (PCM). We calculated the stress and energy shift distribution induced by volume expansion using finite element method. Simulation result reveals that redshift is obtained beneath the flat part of amorphous mark, while blueshift is obtained beneath the edge region of amorphous mark. Simulation result is accompanied by two experimental studies; two-dimensional PL intensity mapping of InAs/InP QD sample deposited by a layer of PCM, and an analysis on the relationship between PL intensity ratio and energy shift were performed.

  18. Substrate- and time-dependent photoluminescence of quantum dots inside the ultrathin polymer LbL film.

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    Zimnitsky, Dmitry; Jiang, Chaoyang; Xu, Jun; Lin, Zhiqun; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2007-04-10

    The photoluminescence of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) in different configurations at solid surfaces (glass, silicon, PDMS, and metals) is considered for three types of organization: QDs directly adsorbed on solid surfaces, separated from the solid surface by a nanoscale polymer film with different thickness, and encapsulated into a polymer film. The complete suppression of photoluminescence for QDs on conductive metal surfaces (copper, gold) indicated a strong quenching effect. The temporal variation of the photoluminescent intensity on other substrates (glass, silicon, and PDMS) can be tuned by placing the nanoscale (3-50 nm) LbL polymer film between QDs and the substrate. The photooxidation and photobleaching processes of QD nanoparticles in the vicinity of the solid surface can be tuned by proper selection of the substrate and the dielectric nanoscale polymer film placed between the substrate and QDs. Moreover, the encapsulation of QD nanoparticles into the polymer film resulted in a dramatic initial increase in the photoemission intensity due to the accelerated photooxidation process. The phenomenon of enhanced photoemission of QDs encapsulated into the ultrathin polymer film provides not only the opportunity for making flexible, ultrathin, QD-containing polymer films, transferable to any microfabricated substrate, but also improved light emitting properties.

  19. Red-shift of the photoluminescent emission peaks of CdTe quantum dots due to the synergistic interaction with carbon quantum dot mixtures

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    Pelayo, E.; Zazueta, A.; López-Delgado, R.; Saucedo, E.; Ruelas, R.; Ayón, A.

    2016-11-01

    We report the relatively large red-shift effect observed in down-shifting carbon quantum dots (CQDs) that is anticipated to have a positive impact on the power conversion efficiency of solar cells. Specifically, with an excitation wavelength of 390 nm, CQDs of different sizes, exhibited down-shifted emission peaks centered around 425 nm. However, a solution comprised of a mixture of CQDs of different sizes, was observed to have an emission peak red-shifted to 515 nm. The effect could arise when larger carbon quantum dots capture the photons emitted by their smaller counterparts followed by the subsequent re-emission at longer wavelengths. Furthermore, the red-shift effect was also observed in CdTe QDs when added to a solution with the aforementioned mixture of Carbon QDs. Thus, whereas a solution solely comprised of a collection of CdTe QDs of different sizes, exhibited a down-shifted photoluminescence centered around 555 nm, the peak was observed to be further red-shifted to 580 nm when combined with the solution of CQDs of different sizes. The quantum dot characterization included crystal structure analysis as well as photon absorption and photoluminescence wavelengths. Subsequently, the synthesized QDs were dispersed in a polymeric layer of poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) and incorporated on functional and previously characterized solar cells, to quantify their influence in the electrical performance of the photovoltaic structures. We discuss the synthesis and characterization of the produced Carbon and CdTe QDs, as well as the observed improvement in the power conversion efficiency of the fabricated photovoltaic devices.

  20. Enhanced photoluminescence and characterization of multicolor carbon dots using plant soot as a carbon source.

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    Tan, Mingqian; Zhang, Lingxin; Tang, Rong; Song, Xiaojie; Li, Yimin; Wu, Hao; Wang, Yanfang; Lv, Guojun; Liu, Wanfa; Ma, Xiaojun

    2013-10-15

    Carbon dots (C-dots) are a class of novel fluorescent nanomaterials, which have drawn great attention for their potential applications in bio-nanotechnology. Multicolor C-dots have been synthesized by chemical nitric acid oxidation using the reproducible plant soot as raw material. TEM analysis reveals that the prepared C-dots have an average size of 3.1 nm. The C-dots are well dispersed in aqueous solution and are strongly fluorescent under the irradiation of ultra-violet light. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization demonstrates that the O/C atomic ratio for C-dots change to from 0.207 to 0.436 due to the chemical oxidation process. The photo bleaching experiment reveals that the C-dots show excellent photostability as compared with the conventional organic dyes, fluorescein and rhodamine B. The fluorescence intensity of the C-dots did not change significantly in the pH range of 3-10. To further enhance the fluorescence quantum yield, the C-dots were surface modified with four types of passivation ligands, 4,7,10-trioxa-1,13-tridecanediamine (TTDDA), poly-L-lysine (PLL), cysteine and chitosan and the fluorescence quantum yields of the TTDDA, PLL, cysteine and chitosan passivated C-dots were improved 1.53-, 5.94-, 2.00- and 3.68-fold, respectively. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were employed to characterize the surface groups of the C-dots. The bio-application of the C-dots as fluorescent bio-probes was evaluated in cell imaging and ex vivo fish imaging, which suggests that the C-dots may have potential applications in biolabeling and bioimaging. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Rapid thermal annealing and modulation-doping effects on InAs/GaAs quantum dots photoluminescence dependence on excitation power

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    Chaâbani, W. [Laboratoire Matériaux-Molécules et Applications, Institut Préparatoire aux Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques, Université de Carthage, La Marsa 2070 (Tunisia); Melliti, A., E-mail: adnenmelliti@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire Matériaux-Molécules et Applications, Institut Préparatoire aux Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques, Université de Carthage, La Marsa 2070 (Tunisia); Maaref, M.A. [Laboratoire Matériaux-Molécules et Applications, Institut Préparatoire aux Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques, Université de Carthage, La Marsa 2070 (Tunisia); Testelin, C. [Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, UPMC Univ., Paris 06, UMR 7588, F-75005 Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7588, INSP, F-75005 Paris (France); Lemaître, A. [Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures (LPN), CNRS, Route de Nozay, F-91460 Marcoussis (France)

    2016-07-15

    The optical properties of p-doped and annealed InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) was investigated by photoluminescence (PL) as a function of temperature and excitation power density (P{sub exc}). At low-T, PL spectra of rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and p-modulation doped QDs show an energy blueshift and redshift, respectively. A superlinear dependence of integrated PL intensity on P{sub exc} at high-T was found only for undoped QD. The superlinearity was suppressed by modulation-doping and RTA effects. A linear dependence of I{sub PL} at all temperatures and a decrease of the carrier-carrier Coulomb interaction at high-T was found after RTA.

  2. The influence of bio-conjugation on photoluminescence of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots

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    Torchynska, Tetyana V. [ESFM Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Av. Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México, D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Vorobiev, Yuri V. [Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (CINVESTAV) Querétaro, Libramiento Norponiente 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, 76230 Querétaro (Mexico); Makhniy, Victor P. [Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, 2 Kotsyubynsky Str., 58012 Chernivtsi (Ukraine); Horley, Paul P., E-mail: paul.horley@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. (CIMAV), Chihuahua/Monterrey, 120 Avenida Miguel de Cervantes, 31109 Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2014-11-15

    We report a considerable blue shift in the luminescence spectra of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots conjugated to anti-interleukin-10 antibodies. This phenomenon can be explained theoretically by accounting for bio-conjugation as a process causing electrostatic interaction between a quantum dot and an antibody, which reduces effective volume of the dot core. To solve the Schrödinger equation for an exciton confined in the quantum dot, we use mirror boundary conditions that were successfully tested for different geometries of quantum wells.

  3. Combined atomic force microscopy and photoluminescence imaging to select single InAs/GaAs quantum dots for quantum photonic devices.

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    Sapienza, Luca; Liu, Jin; Song, Jin Dong; Fält, Stefan; Wegscheider, Werner; Badolato, Antonio; Srinivasan, Kartik

    2017-07-24

    We report on a combined photoluminescence imaging and atomic force microscopy study of single, isolated self-assembled InAs quantum dots. The motivation of this work is to determine an approach that allows to assess single quantum dots as candidates for quantum nanophotonic devices. By combining optical and scanning probe characterization techniques, we find that single quantum dots often appear in the vicinity of comparatively large topographic features. Despite this, the quantum dots generally do not exhibit significant differences in their non-resonantly pumped emission spectra in comparison to quantum dots appearing in defect-free regions, and this behavior is observed across multiple wafers produced in different growth chambers. Such large surface features are nevertheless a detriment to applications in which single quantum dots are embedded within nanofabricated photonic devices: they are likely to cause large spectral shifts in the wavelength of cavity modes designed to resonantly enhance the quantum dot emission, thereby resulting in a nominally perfectly-fabricated single quantum dot device failing to behave in accordance with design. We anticipate that the approach of screening quantum dots not only based on their optical properties, but also their surrounding surface topographies, will be necessary to improve the yield of single quantum dot nanophotonic devices.

  4. Phenyl-Modified Carbon Nitride Quantum Dots with Distinct Photoluminescence Behavior.

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    Cui, Qianling; Xu, Jingsan; Wang, Xiaoyu; Li, Lidong; Antonietti, Markus; Shalom, Menny

    2016-03-07

    A novel type of quantum dot (Ph-CN) is manufactured from graphitic carbon nitride by "lining" the carbon nitride structure with phenyl groups through supramolecular preorganization. This approach requires no chemical etching or hydrothermal treatments like other competing nanoparticle syntheses and is easy and safe to use. The Ph-CN nanoparticles exhibit bright, tunable fluorescence, with a high quantum yield of 48.4 % in aqueous colloidal suspensions. Interestingly, the observed Stokes shift of approximately 200 nm is higher than the maximum values reported for carbon nitride based fluorophores. The high quantum yield and the large Stokes shift are related to the structural surface organization of the phenyl groups, which affects the π-electron delocalization in the conjugated carbon nitride networks and induces colloidal stability. The remarkable performance of the Ph-CN nanoparticles in imaging is demonstrated by a simple incubation study with HeLa cells. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Intersublevel infrared photodetector with strain-free GaAs quantum dot pairs grown by high-temperature droplet epitaxy.

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    Wu, Jiang; Shao, Dali; Dorogan, Vitaliy G; Li, Alvason Z; Li, Shibin; DeCuir, Eric A; Manasreh, M Omar; Wang, Zhiming M; Mazur, Yuriy I; Salamo, Gregory J

    2010-04-14

    Normal incident photodetection at mid infrared spectral region is achieved using the intersublevel transitions from strain-free GaAs quantum dot pairs in Al(0.3)Ga(0.7)As matrix. The GaAs quantum dot pairs are fabricated by high temperature droplet epitaxy, through which zero strain quantum dot pairs are obtained from lattice matched materials. Photoluminescence, photoluminescence excitation optical spectroscopy, and visible-near-infrared photoconductivity measurement are carried out to study the electronic structure of the photodetector. Due to the intersublevel transitions from GaAs quantum dot pairs, a broadband photoresponse spectrum is observed from 3 to 8 microm with a full width at half-maximum of approximately 2.0 microm.

  6. Theory of phonon-modified spontaneous emission and photoluminescence intensity from quantum dots coupled to structured photonic reservoirs

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    Roy Choudhury, Kaushik; Hughes, S.

    2015-08-01

    We present a general theory for calculating the spontaneous emission (SE) rate and the photoluminescence intensity of a quantum dot (QD) exciton coupled to an arbitrary structured photonic reservoir and a bath of acoustic phonons. We describe a polaron master equation (ME) approach which includes phonon interaction nonperturbatively and assume a weak coupling with the photon reservoir which is valid in the Purcell coupling regime. As examples of structured photonic reservoirs, we choose the cases of a Lorentzian cavity and a slow-light coupled-cavity waveguide. In analogy with a simple atom, the SE rate of a QD is expected to be proportional to the local density of photon states (LDOS) of the structured reservoir at the resonant frequency of a QD exciton. However, using a polaron ME theory, we show how the phonon-dressed SE rate of a QD is determined by a broad bandwidth of the photonic LDOS, in violation of the well known Fermi's golden rule. This broadband frequency dependence results in rich spontaneous emission enhancement and suppression, manifesting in significant changes in the Purcell factor and photoluminescence intensity as a function of frequency.

  7. A robust ligand exchange approach for preparing hydrophilic, biocompatible photoluminescent quantum dots

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    Wang, Sujuan; Zhou, Changhua [Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of the Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Yuan, Hang [Life Science Division, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Shen, Huaibin [Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of the Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhao, Wenxiu [Life Science Division, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Ma, Lan, E-mail: malan@sz.tsinghua.edu.cn [Life Science Division, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Li, Lin Song, E-mail: lsli@henu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of the Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China)

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Aqueous CdSe/ZnS QDs were prepared using polymaleic anhydrides as capping ligand. • Effect of reaction temperature and time were systematically studied in the synthesis process. • Water-soluble QDs exhibited a good stability in physiological relevant environment. • The aqueous QDs were applied as biological probe to detect human embryonic stem cell. - Abstract: This paper describes a robust ligand exchange approach for preparing biocompatible CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) to make bioprobe for effective cell imaging. In this method, polymaleic anhydride (PMA) ligand are first used to replace original hydrophobic ligand (oleic acid) and form a protection shell with multiple hydrophilic groups to coat and protect CdSe/ZnS QDs. The as-prepared aqueous QDs exhibit small particle size, good colloidal stability in aqueous solutions with a wide range of pH, salt concentrations and under thermal treatment, which are necessary for biological applications. The use of this new class of aqueous QDs for effective cell imaging shows strong fluorescence signal to human embryonic stem cell, which demonstrate that PMA coated QDs are fully satisfied with the requirements of preparing high quality biological probe.

  8. Synthesis of silicon quantum dots showing high quantum efficiency.

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    Cho, Bomin; Baek, Sangsoo; Woo, Hee-Gweon; Sohn, Honglae

    2014-08-01

    Quantum efficiencies of Si quantum dots (QDs) have been investigated from the reaction of magnesium silicide and ammonium chloride. The change of quantum yield and optical characterization of Si QDs are measured depending on the reaction time. Highly luminescent Si QDs were obtained as the reaction time increased. Absorption measurement indicated that the Si QDs consisted of only silicon and hydrogen atom. Optical characterizations of Si QDs were measured by UV-Vis and PL spectroscopy. The size distribution and orientation of Si QDs were measured by TEM and XRD. TEM image displays the spherical Si QDs with the size of 3-4 nm. As the reaction time increased, Si QDs grew and their emission wavelength shifted to the longer wavelength. The monotonic shift of the PL as a function of excitation wavelength resulted in the excitation of different sizes of QDs that had different optical transition energies. Photoluminescence quantum yields exceeding 60% have been achieved.

  9. Highly luminescent water-soluble CdTe quantum dots

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    Wuister, SF; Swart, A.N.; van Driel, F; Hickey, SG; Donega, CD; Swart, Ingmar|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304837652

    Colloidal CdTe quantum dots prepared in TOP/DDA (trioctylphosphine/dodecylamine) are transferred into water by the use of aminoethanethiol.HCl (AET) or mercaptopropionic acid (MPA). This results in an increase in the photoluminescence quantum efficiency and a longer exciton lifetime. For the first

  10. Utilization of down-shifting photoluminescent ZnO quantum dots on solar cells

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    Zazueta-Raynaud, A.; Lopez-Delgado, R.; Pelayo-Ceja, J. E.; Alvarez-Ramos, M. E.; Ayon, A.

    2017-07-01

    We report on the synthesis of photo luminescent zinc oxide (ZnO) quantum dots, their deployment on the window side of photovoltaic structures and the measured influence on the power conversion efficiency. Down-shifting effects were characterized by exciting the synthesized nanostructures with photons in the 340-350 nm range, and measuring the wavelength of the emitted photons observed to be ~500 nm. The colloidal ZnO quantum dots were synthesized in an ethanol-based solution, obtaining different sized nanostructures centered at 4 nm, optically recognizable by their emission in various colors. Subsequently, different concentrations of zinc oxide quantum dots were prepared and dispersed in poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) to be spin cast on the window side of previously characterized solar cells. The observations made to date indicate an improvement of ~4.8% in the PCE. In this work, we discuss the results obtained and suggest pathways to further increase the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic devices employing quantum dots.

  11. Impact of doping on InAs/GaAs quantum-dot solar cells: A numerical study on photovoltaic and photoluminescence behavior

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    Cappelluti, F.; Gioannini, M.; A Khalili

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the effect of doping on quantum dot (QD) solar cells by analysing their behavior in terms of photovoltaic characteristic, external quantum efficiency, and photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature. The analysis addresses the two most widespread methods for QD selective doping, namely modulation and direct doping, to gain a comprehensive device-level assessment of the impact of doping profile and density on the solar cell behavior. Devices are simulated using a physics-based mo...

  12. Highly tunable photoluminescent properties of amphiphilic conjugated block copolymers.

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    Park, Sang-Jae; Kang, Seung-Gu; Fryd, Michael; Saven, Jeffery G; Park, So-Jung

    2010-07-28

    We report a novel class of amphiphilic conjugated block copolymers composed of poly(3-octylthiophene) and poly(ethylene oxide) (POT-b-PEO) that exhibit highly tunable photoluminescence colors spanning from blue to red. POT-b-PEO self-assembles into various well-defined core/shell-type nanostructures as a result of its amphiphilicity. The self-assembly structure can be readily controlled by altering the solvent composition or by other external stimuli. The color change was completely reversible, demonstrating that the strategy can be used to manipulate the light-emission properties of conjugated polymers in a highly controllable manner without having to synthesize entirely new sets of molecules.

  13. ZnO photoluminescent quantum dots with down-shifting effect applied in solar cells.

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    Zazueta-Raynaud, A.; Pelayo-Ceja, J. E.; Lopez-Delgado, R.; Ayon, A.

    2016-11-01

    We report the synthesis of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) quantum dots (QDs) and their influence on the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic devices. With an excitation wavelength of 340 nm the down-shifted emission peaks were observed to be located at 510 and 540 nm for colloidal solutions with pH values of 10 and 12, respectively. The largest PCE variation was observed to increase from 14.60% to 15.49% when dispersing the QDs extracted from a 4 mL colloidal solution that were subsequently dispersed in PMMA. This represents an improvement of ∼6.1%.

  14. A Tunable Photoluminescent Composite of Cellulose Nanofibrils and CdS Quantum Dots

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    Qinwen Wang

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of fluorescent nanocomposite materials with tunable emission wavelengths by combining cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs with inorganic nanoparticles is important for promoting CNFs applications. A CNF/CdS nanocomposite was prepared via in situ compositing at room temperature on oxidized CNFs with CdS quantum dots. By controlling the –COOH/Cd2+ ratio on the CNF, the feeding time of Na2S and the ultrasonic maturing time, the size of the CdS quantum dots on the CNF surface could be adjusted so that to obtain the CNF/CdS nanocomposite material with different fluorescent colors. The results indicated that the CdS particles quantized were evenly distributed on the CNF. The maximum average size of the CdS nanoparticles glowed red under the excitation of UV light was 5.34 nm, which could be obtained with a –COOH/Cd2+ ratio of 1.0, a Na2S feeding time of 20 min, and an ultrasonic maturing time of 60 min. A series of CNF/CdS nanocomposite materials were obtained with CdS nanoparticle sizes varying from 3.44 nm to 5.34 nm, the emission wavelength of which varied from 546 nm to 655 nm, and their fluorescence color changed from green to yellow to red. This is the first time the fluorescence-tunable effect of the CNF/CdS nanocomposite has been realized.

  15. Study of optical absorption and photoluminescence of quantum dots of CdS formed in borosilicate glass matrix

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    Kumar, Jitender; Verma, A; Pandey, P K; Bhatnagar, P K; Mathur, P C [Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi-110021 (India); Liu, W; Tang, S H [Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 119243 (Singapore)], E-mail: jitender_does@yahoo.co.in

    2009-06-15

    Optical absorption and photoluminescence (PL) measurements have been made on the quantum dots (QDs) of CdS grown in a borosilicate glass matrix using a two-step annealing technique. The absorption measurements, made in the energy range of 1.3-3.2 eV, indicate the presence of nonradiative trap centers located in the forbidden gap at an energy level near 1.5 eV. The origin of these traps is attributed to the impurities present in the glass matrix. The PL measurements have been made at an excitation energy of 2.75 eV and it is concluded that the origin of PL is not due to either direct recombination of electrons and holes or deep traps, but that it is the shallow traps which are responsible for the observed PL. The shallow traps are attributed to sulfur vacancies formed at the glass-QD interface. The reason for the observed decrease in PL peak intensity with the increase of annealing time is due to the decrease of surface to volume ratio for QDs of higher size.

  16. Synthesis and photochemical applications of processable polymers enclosing photoluminescent carbon quantum dots.

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    Mosconi, Dario; Mazzier, Daniela; Silvestrini, Simone; Privitera, Alberto; Marega, Carla; Franco, Lorenzo; Moretto, Alessandro

    2015-04-28

    Herein, we propose convenient routes to produce hybrid-polymers that covalently enclosed, or confined, N-doped carbon quantum dots (CQDs). We focus our attention on polyamide, polyurea-urethane, polyester, and polymethylmetacrylate polymers, some of the most common resources used to create everyday materials. These hybrid materials can be easily prepared and processed to obtain macroscopic objects of different shapes, i.e., fibers, transparent sheets, and bulky forms, where the characteristic luminescence properties of the native N-doped CQDs are preserved. More importantly we explore the potential use of these hybrid composites to achieve photochemical reactions as those of photoreduction of silver ions to silver nanoparticles (under UV-light), the selective photo-oxidation of benzylalcohol to the benzaldehyde (under vis-light), and the photocatalytic generation of H2 (under UV-light).

  17. Quantification of thyroxine by the selective photoluminescence quenching of L-cysteine–ZnS quantum dots in aqueous solution containing hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide

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    Khan, Sarzamin; Carneiro, Leonardo S.A. [Chemistry Department, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 22451-900 Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Brazil); Romani, Eric C.; Larrudé, Dunieskys G. [Physics Department, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 22451-900, Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Brazil); Aucelio, Ricardo Q., E-mail: aucelior@puc-rio.br [Chemistry Department, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 22451-900 Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Brazil)

    2014-12-15

    The determination of L-thyroxine is proposed based on the photoluminescence quenching effect caused on the L-cysteine modified ZnS quantum dots (L-cysteine ZnS QDs) aqueous dispersion. Under optimum conditions, the analytical response followed a Stern–Volmer model and the experimental conditions were adjusted to enable a robust and reproducible photoluminescence signal. The linear response observed in the quantum dots aqueous dispersion covered the L-thyroxine concentration from the LOQ (2.0×10{sup −8} mol L{sup −1}) to 4.0×10{sup −6} mol L{sup −1}. The approach was tested in the determination of L-thyroxine in pharmaceutical formulations used to treat patients with thyroid gland disorder. The percent recoveries in controlled samples were between 93.3 and 103%. Analyte fortified saliva was also evaluated as a possible sample for L-thyroxine monitoring of a patient under treatment. It was identified a static type of photoluminescence quenching caused by L-thyroxine. - Highlights: • L-cysteine ZnS QDs were used as a photoluminescent probe to detect L-thyroxine. • Intensity of probe decreases following a Stern–Volmer model. • The method can detect down ng L{sup −1} levels of L-thyroxine in the probe dispersion. • Method was used to determinate of L-thyroxine in saliva and in pharmaceuticals. • Mechanism of interaction between L-thyroxine and quantum dots was studied.

  18. Preparation and characterization of multi stimuli-responsive photoluminescent nanocomposites of graphene quantum dots with hyperbranched polyethylenimine derivatives

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    Liu, Xing; Liu, Hua-Ji; Cheng, Fa; Chen, Yu

    2014-06-01

    Oxidized graphene sheets (OGS) were treated with a hyperbranched polyethylenimine (PEI) under hydrothermal conditions to generate nanocomposites of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) functionalized with PEI (GQD-PEIs). The influence of the reaction temperature and the PEI/OGS feed ratio on the photoluminescence properties of the GQD-PEIs was studied. The obtained GQD-PEIs were characterized by TEM, dynamic light scattering, elemental analysis, FTIR, zeta potential measurements and 1H NMR spectroscopy, from which their structural information was inferred. Subsequently, isobutyric amide (IBAm) groups were attached to the GQD-PEIs through the amidation reaction of isobutyric anhydride with the PEI moieties, which resulted in GQD-PEI-IBAm nanocomposites. GQD-PEI-IBAm was not only thermoresponsive, but also responded to other stimuli, including inorganic salts, pH, and loaded organic guests. The cloud point temperature (Tcp) of aqueous solutions of GQD-PEI-IBAm could be modulated through changing the number of IBAm units in GQD-PEI-IBAm, by varying the type and concentration of the inorganic salts and loaded organic guests, or by varying the pH. All the obtained GQD-PEI-IBAm nanocomposites were photoluminescent, and their maximum emission wavelengths were not influenced by outside stimuli. Their emission intensities were influenced a little or negligibly by pH, traditional salting-out anions (Cl- and SO42-), and the relatively polar aspirin guest. However, the traditional salting-in I- anion and the more hydrophobic 1-pyrenebutyric acid (PBA) guest could effectively quench their fluorescence. 2D NOESY 1H NMR spectra verified that GQD-PEI-IBAm accommodated the relatively polar aspirin guest using the PEI-IBAm shell, but adsorbed the relatively hydrophobic PBA guest through the nanographene core. The release rate of the guest encapsulated by the thermoresponsive GQD is different below and above Tcp.Oxidized graphene sheets (OGS) were treated with a hyperbranched

  19. CdSe/ZnS quantum dot films for high performance flexible lighting and display applications.

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    Altintas, Yemliha; Genc, Sinan; Talpur, Mohammad Younis; Mutlugun, Evren

    2016-07-22

    Colloidal quantum dots have attracted significant interest in recent years for lighting and display applications and have recently appeared in high-end market products. The integration of quantum dots with light emitting diodes has made them promising candidates for superior lighting applications with tunable optical characteristics. In this work we propose and demonstrate high quality colloidal quantum dots in their novel free-standing film forms to allow high quality white light generation to address flexible lighting and display applications. High quality quantum dots have been characterized using transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, steady state and time resolved photoluminescence and dynamic light scattering methods. The engineering of colloidal quantum dot composition and its optical properties in stand-alone film form has led to the experimentally high NTSC color gamut of 122.5 (CIE-1931) for display applications, color rendering index of 88.6, luminous efficacy of optical radiation value of 290 lm/Wopt and color temperature of 2763 K for lighting applications.

  20. Photoluminescence studies on self-organized 1.55-μm InAs/InGaAsP/InP quantum dots under hydrostatic pressure

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    Zhou, P. Y.; Dou, X. M.; Wu, X. F.; Ding, K.; Jiang, D. S.; Sun, B. Q., E-mail: bqsun@semi.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Superlattices and Microstructures, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 912, Beijing 100083 (China); Luo, S.; Yang, T.; Zhu, H. J. [Key Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials Science, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 912, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2014-07-14

    We report an experimental study on the optical properties of the self-organized 1.55-μm InAs/InGaAsP/InP quantum dots (QDs) under hydrostatic pressure up to 9.5 GPa at 10 K. The obtained pressure coefficients of emissions from InGaAsP to InAs QDs are 92 meV/GPa and 76 meV/GPa, respectively. Their photoluminescence intensities are found to decrease significantly with increasing pressure due to the pressure-induced Γ-X mixing of InGaAsP at about 8.5 GPa. The lifetime of excitonic emission from QDs decreases from about 1.15 at zero pressure to about 1.05 ns at 7.41 GPa. The wavelength of QD emission was tuned from 1.55 to 0.9 μm by applying a pressure of 8 GPa, displaying the feasibility for indirectly characterizing the individual InAs/InGaAsP/InP QDs of 1.55-μm emission (at zero pressure) under high-pressure using silicon avalanche photodiode.

  1. Preparation of carbon quantum dots based high photostability luminescent membranes.

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    Zhao, Jinxing; Liu, Cui; Li, Yunchuan; Liang, Jiyuan; Liu, Jiyan; Qian, Tonghui; Ding, Jianjun; Cao, Yuan-Cheng

    2017-06-01

    Urethane acrylate (UA) was used to prepare carbon quantum dots (C-dots) luminescent membranes and the resultants were examined with FT-IR, mechanical strength, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and quantum yields (QYs). FT-IR results showed the polyurethane acrylate (PUA) prepolymer -C = C-vibration at 1101 cm-1 disappeared but there was strong vibration at1687cm-1 which was contributed from the-C = O groups in cross-linking PUA. Mechanical strength results showed that the different quantity of C-dots loadings and UV-curing time affect the strength. SEM observations on the cross-sections of the membranes are uniform and have no structural defects, which prove that the C-dots are compatible with the water-soluble PUA resin. The C-dot loading was increased from 0 to 1 g, the maximum tensile stress was nearly 2.67 MPa, but the tensile strain was decreased from 23.4% to 15.1% and 7.2% respectively. QYs results showed that the C-dots in the membrane were stable after 120 h continuous irradiation. Therefore, the C-dots photoluminescent film is the promising material for the flexible devices in the future applications. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. Composition-dependent trap distributions in CdSe and InP quantum dots probed using photoluminescence blinking dynamics

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    Chung, Heejae; Cho, Kyung-Sang; Koh, Weon-Kyu; Kim, Dongho; Kim, Jiwon

    2016-07-01

    Although Group II-VI quantum dots (QDs) have attracted much attention due to their wide range of applications in QD-based devices, the presence of toxic ions in II-VI QDs raises environmental concerns. To fulfill the demands of nontoxic QDs, synthetic routes for III-V QDs have been developed. However, only a few comparative analyses on optical properties of III-V QDs have been performed. In this study, the composition-related energetic trap distributions have been explored by using three different types of core/multishell QDs: CdSe-CdS (CdSe/CdS/ZnS), InP-ZnSe (InP/ZnSe/ZnS), and InP-GaP (InP/GaP/ZnS). It was shown that CdSe-CdS QDs have much larger trap densities than InP-shell QDs at higher energy states (at least 1Eg (band gap energy) above the lowest conduction band edge) based on probability density plots and Auger ionization efficiencies which are determined by analyses of photoluminescence blinking dynamics. This result suggests that the composition of encapsulated QDs is closely associated with the charge trapping processes, and also provides an insight into the development of more environmentally friendly QD-based devices.Although Group II-VI quantum dots (QDs) have attracted much attention due to their wide range of applications in QD-based devices, the presence of toxic ions in II-VI QDs raises environmental concerns. To fulfill the demands of nontoxic QDs, synthetic routes for III-V QDs have been developed. However, only a few comparative analyses on optical properties of III-V QDs have been performed. In this study, the composition-related energetic trap distributions have been explored by using three different types of core/multishell QDs: CdSe-CdS (CdSe/CdS/ZnS), InP-ZnSe (InP/ZnSe/ZnS), and InP-GaP (InP/GaP/ZnS). It was shown that CdSe-CdS QDs have much larger trap densities than InP-shell QDs at higher energy states (at least 1Eg (band gap energy) above the lowest conduction band edge) based on probability density plots and Auger ionization

  3. Photoluminescence and photocurrent from InP nanowires with InAsP quantum dots grown on Si by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kuyanov, P.; LaPierre, R. R.

    2015-08-01

    InP nanowires with InAsP quantum dots (QDs) were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on a Si (111) substrates. The structure of the InAsP QDs were studied using transmission electron microscopy, allowing the development of a model where QD growth occurs by group V desorption from the surrounding substrate surface. Micro-photoluminescence was performed at 10 K showing emission at 1.47-1.49 eV from the InP wurtzite structure, and various emission peaks between 0.93 and 1.33 eV attributed to the QDs. The emission was tuned by the QD composition. The effectiveness of an AlInP passivation shell was demonstrated via an improvement in the photoluminescence intensity. Spectrally-resolved photocurrent measurements at room temperature demonstrated infrared response due to absorption within the QDs. The absorption red-shifted with increasing As composition of the QD.

  4. High quality factor of AlN microdisks embedding GaN quantum dots

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    Mexis, M.; Guillet, T.; Brimont, C.; Bretagnon, T.; Gil, B. [GES, Universite des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier (France); Sergent, S. [CHREA-CNRS, 06560 Valbonne (France); Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Parc Valrose, 06102 Nice (France); Semond, F.; Leroux, M. [CHREA-CNRS, 06560 Valbonne (France); Neel, D.; David, S.; Checoury, X.; Boucaud, P. [Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale, CNRS - Universite Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay (France)

    2011-07-15

    We report the observation of high quality (Q) factor whispering gallery modes for GaN/AlN quantum dot based microdisks. Room temperature photoluminescence measurements show a large number of high Q modes on the whole PL spectral range. For the first time we report Q values up to 6000 for nitride based cavities. We attribute this improvement of the Q factor to the etching quality and to the relatively low cavity loss by inserting dots into the microdisks. The uniformity of the resonant modes with respect to a wide range of energies allows us to identify the different radial mode families. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Excitation wavelength dependence of the photoluminescence quantum yield and decay behavior of CdSe/CdS quantum dot/quantum rods with different aspect ratios.

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    Geißler, D; Würth, C; Wolter, C; Weller, H; Resch-Genger, U

    2017-05-17

    The excitation wavelength (λexc) dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield (ΦPL) and decay behavior (τPL) of a series of CdSe/CdS quantum dot/quantum rods (QDQRs), consisting of the same spherical CdSe core and rod-shaped CdS shells, with aspect ratios ranging from 2 to 20 was characterized. λexc between 400-565 nm were chosen to cover the first excitonic absorption band of the CdSe core material, the onset of absorption of the CdS shell, and the region of predominant shell absorption. A strong λexc dependence of relative and absolutely measured ΦPL and τPL was found particularly for the longer QDQRs with higher aspect ratios. This is attributed to combined contributions from a length-dependent shell-to-core exciton localization efficiency, an increasing number of defect states within the shell for the longest QDQRs, and probably also the presence of absorbing, yet non-emitting shell material. Although the ΦPL values of the QDQRs decrease at shorter wavelength, the extremely high extinction coefficients introduced by the shell outweigh this effect, leading to significantly higher brightness values at wavelengths below the absorption onset of the CdS shell compared with direct excitation of the CdSe cores. Moreover, our results present also an interesting example for the comparability of absolutely measured ΦPL using an integrating sphere setup and ΦPL values measured relative to common ΦPL standards, and underline the need for a correction for particle scattering for QDQRs with high aspect ratios.

  6. Biodegradable, Elastomeric, and Intrinsically Photoluminescent Poly(Silicon-Citrates) with high Photostability and Biocompatibility for Tissue Regeneration and Bioimaging.

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    Du, Yuzhang; Xue, Yumeng; Ma, Peter X; Chen, Xiaofeng; Lei, Bo

    2016-02-04

    Biodegradable polymer biomaterials with intrinsical photoluminescent properties have attracted much interest, due to their potential advantages for tissue regeneration and noninvasive bioimaging. However, few of current biodegradable polymers possess tunable intrinsically fluorescent properties, such as high photostability, fluorescent lifetime, and quantum field, and strong mechanical properties for meeting the requirements of biomedical applications. Here, by a facile one-step thermal polymerization, elastomeric poly(silicone-citrate) (PSC) hybrid polymers are developed with controlled biodegradability and mechanical properties, tunable inherent fluorescent emission (up to 600 nm), high photostability (beyond 180 min for UV and six months for natural light), fluorescent lifetime (near 10 ns) and quantum yield (16%-35%), high cellular biocompatibility, and minimal inflammatory response in vivo, which provide advantages over conventional fluorescent dyes, quantum dots, and current fluorescent polymers. The promising applications of PSC hybrids for cell and implants imaging in vitro and in vivo are successfully demonstrated. The development of elastomeric PSC polymer may provide a new strategy in synthesizing new inorganic-organic hybrid photo-luminescent materials for tissue regeneration and bioimaging applications. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Towards quantum dot and FRET-based optical DNA biosensor technology: surface chemistry and photoluminescence of CdSe/ZnS and Si quantum dots

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    Algar, W. Russ; Zhou, Yuehui; Zeng, Jiang; Krull, Ulrich J.

    2007-06-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) are nanostructures that are highly attractive to optical biosensing. We have developed a nucleic acid biosensing strategy based on the use of quantum dots as energy donors in FRET. One of the challenges in such an approach is avoiding the non-specific adsorption of oligonucleotides. In this report, we describe our efforts to develop poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based hydrophilic surface chemistry and hexanethiol based hydrophobic surface chemistry to alleviate non-specific adsorption. With respect to the former, it was found that the PEG surface chemistry strongly quenched the band-edge luminescence of CdSe/ZnS QDs and yielded significant band-gap luminescence. Furthermore, the PEG chemistry proved ineffective in preventing adsorption. With respect to hexanethiol capped CdSe/ZnS QDs, it was found that good QD luminescence was retained in organic solvent but was quenched in aqueous solution. The use of hydrophobic hexanethiol QDs in aqueous solution required the immobilization of QDs. To achieve this, we used thiol modified biotin and avidin coated fused silica optical fibers. Despite the quenching of the QDs, minimal adsorption was observed suggesting the methodology has good potential. In addition, we describe the development of a one-pot method for both the synthesis and capping of silicon QDs. Our approach also allows versatile post-synthetic modification of the silicon QD capping to produce a variety of functional groups. Silicon QDs are of interest in biosensing due to their biocompatibility and much lower toxicity compared to II-VI semiconductors.

  8. Change point analysis of matrix dependent photoluminescence intermittency of single CdSe/ZnS quantum dots with intermediate intensity levels

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    Schmidt, Robert [Institute of Physics and Center for Nanostructured Materials and Analytics, Chemnitz University of Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, D 09107 Chemnitz (Germany); Krasselt, Cornelius, E-mail: cornelius.krasselt@physik.tu-chemnitz.de [Institute of Physics and Center for Nanostructured Materials and Analytics, Chemnitz University of Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, D 09107 Chemnitz (Germany); Borczyskowski, Christian von [Institute of Physics and Center for Nanostructured Materials and Analytics, Chemnitz University of Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, D 09107 Chemnitz (Germany)

    2012-10-08

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We study single blinking CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in polystyrene and polyvinyl alcohol. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The blinking dynamics were analysed with respect to intermediate intensity levels. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The On-times show a matrix dependent deviation from a truncated power law. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Deviation relates to well defined intensities, intensity jumps and state dwell times. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantum dots are coupled to hydroxyl groups which induce hole traps. -- Abstract: Blinking dynamics of single CdSe/ZnS quantum dots are analyzed by change point analysis, which gives access to intermediate photoluminescence (PL) intensities observed during PL intermittency. The on-times show systematic deviations from a (truncated) power law. This deviation is manifested in variations of the PL intensity distribution and is related with well defined PL intensity jumps. Varying the matrix from polystyrene (PS) to polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) changes the on-time blinking dynamics and reveals coupling of the QDs either to OH-groups of the SiO{sub x} interface or to OH-groups of PVA. Analysis of dwell times in respective intensity correlated traps reveals that OH-related traps are strongly stabilized with much longer dwell times as compared to otherwise broadly distributed trap states.

  9. Ratiometric two-photon excited photoluminescence of quantum dots triggered by near-infrared-light for real-time detection of nitric oxide release in situ

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    Jin, Hui [Shandong Sino-Japanese Center for Collaborative Research of Carbon Nanomaterials, Collaborative Innovation Center for Marine Biomass Fiber Materials and Textiles, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Shandong 266071 (China); Gui, Rijun, E-mail: guirijun@qdu.edu.cn [Shandong Sino-Japanese Center for Collaborative Research of Carbon Nanomaterials, Collaborative Innovation Center for Marine Biomass Fiber Materials and Textiles, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Shandong 266071 (China); Sun, Jie; Wang, Yanfeng [Institute of Materia Medica, Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Jinan 250062 (China)

    2016-05-30

    Probe-donor integrated nanocomposites were developed from conjugating silica-coated Mn{sup 2+}:ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with MoS{sub 2} QDs and photosensitive nitric oxide (NO) donors (Fe{sub 4}S{sub 3}(NO){sub 7}{sup −}, RBS). Under excitation with near-infrared (NIR) light at 808 nm, the Mn{sup 2+}:ZnS@SiO{sub 2}/MoS{sub 2}-RBS nanocomposites showed the dual-emissive two-photon excited photoluminescence (TPEPL) that induced RBS photolysis to release NO in situ. NO caused TPEPL quenching of Mn{sup 2+}:ZnS QDs, but it produced almost no impact on the TPEPL of MoS{sub 2} QDs. Hence, the nanocomposites were developed as a novel QDs-based ratiometric TPEPL probe for real-time detection of NO release in situ. The ratiometric TPEPL intensity is nearly linear (R{sup 2} = 0.9901) with NO concentration in the range of 0.01∼0.8 μM, which corresponds to the range of NO release time (0∼15 min). The detection limit was calculated to be approximately 4 nM of NO. Experimental results confirmed that this novel ratiometric TPEPL probe possessed high selectivity and sensitivity for the detection of NO against potential competitors, and especially showed high detection performance for NIR-light triggered NO release in tumor intracellular microenvironments. These results would promote the development of versatile probe-donor integrated systems, also providing a facile and efficient strategy to real-time detect the highly controllable drug release in situ, especially in physiological microenvironments. - Highlights: • Mn{sup 2+}:ZnS@SiO{sub 2}/MoS{sub 2}-RBS nanocomposites were developed as a novel ratiometric two-photon excited fluorescence probe. • This probe could conduct real-time detection of nitric oxide release in situ. • High feasibility of this probe was confirmed in tumor intracellular microenvironments.

  10. Highly fluorescent xerogels with entrapped carbon dots for organic scintillators

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    Quaranta, A., E-mail: quaranta@ing.unitn.it [University of Trento, Department of Industrial Engineering, via Mesiano, 77, 38123 Trento (Italy); Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, INFN, Viale dell' Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro (PD) (Italy); Carturan, S. [Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, INFN, Viale dell' Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro (PD) (Italy); University of Padova, Department of Physics and Astronomy “Galileo Galilei”, Via Marzolo, 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Campagnaro, A.; Dalla Palma, M. [University of Trento, Department of Industrial Engineering, via Mesiano, 77, 38123 Trento (Italy); Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, INFN, Viale dell' Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro (PD) (Italy); Giarola, M.; Daldosso, N. [University of Verona, Department of Informatics, Strada le Grazie,15, 37134 Verona (Italy); Maggioni, G. [Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, INFN, Viale dell' Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro (PD) (Italy); University of Padova, Department of Physics and Astronomy “Galileo Galilei”, Via Marzolo, 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Mariotto, G. [University of Verona, Department of Informatics, Strada le Grazie,15, 37134 Verona (Italy)

    2014-02-28

    Organically modified silicate thin film and bulk samples were prepared using [3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyl]trimethoxysilane (AEAP-TMOS) as precursor with the addition of different amounts of AEAP-TMOS functionalized C-dots, prepared by reaction of AEAP-TMOS and citric acid at high temperature. The synthesis of surface functionalized C-dots was followed by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and the C-dots optical properties were characterized by optical absorption and UV–vis fluorescence. Thin xerogel films and bulk samples were studied by FTIR, Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy. Intense blue-green emission was observed by UV excitation of functionalized C-dots. Carbon quantum dot (CQD) luminescence was preserved also in the xerogel matrices, and the energy transfer from the matrix to CQDs, which is a key characteristic for scintillation detectors, was investigated in the two systems. - Highlights: • Functionalized carbon dots were synthesized. • Carbon dots were dispersed in hybrid xerogel bulk and thin film. • Carbon dots exhibit a strong tunable blue luminescence. • Xerogels were characterized by FT-IR, Raman and fluorescence spectroscopies. • Energy transfer processes were evidenced between C-dots and xerogel matrix.

  11. Size-Dependent Non-FRET Photoluminescence Quenching in Nanocomposites Based on Semiconductor Quantum Dots CdSe/ZnS and Functionalized Porphyrin Ligands

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    Eduard I. Zenkevich

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We review recent experimental work to utilize the size dependence of the luminescence quenching of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots induced by functionalized porphyrin molecules attached to the surface to describe a photoluminescence (PL quenching process which is different from usual models of charge transfer (CT or Foerster resonant energy transfer (FRET. Steady-state and picosecond time-resolved measurements were carried out for nanocomposites based on colloidal CdSe/ZnS and CdSe quantum dots (QDs of various sizes and surfacely attached tetra-mesopyridyl-substituted porphyrin molecules (“Quantum Dot-Porphyrin” nanocomposites, in toluene at 295 K. It was found that the major part of the observed strong quenching of QD PL in “QD-Porphyrin” nanocomposites can neither be assigned to FRET nor to photoinduced charge transfer between the QD and the chromophore. This PL quenching depends on QD size and shell and is stronger for smaller quantum dots: QD PL quenching rate constants scale inversely with the QD diameter. Based on the comparison of experimental data and quantum mechanical calculations, it has been concluded that QD PL quenching in “QD-Porphyrin” nanocomposites can be understood in terms of a tunneling of the electron (of the excited electron-hole pair followed by a (self- localization of the electron or formation of trap states. The major contribution to PL quenching is found to be proportional to the calculated quantum-confined exciton wave function at the QD surface. Our findings highlight that single functionalized molecules can be considered as one of the probes for the complex interface physics and dynamics of colloidal semiconductor QD.

  12. Effect of band alignment on photoluminescence and carrier escape from InP surface quantum dots grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on Si

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    Halder, Nripendra N. [Advanced Technology Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302 (India); Biswas, Pranab; Banerji, P., E-mail: pallab@matsc.iitkgp.ernet.in [Materials Science Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302 (India); Dhabal Das, Tushar; Das, Sanat Kr.; Chattopadhyay, S. [Department of Electronic Science, University of Calcutta, 92 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700 009 (India); Biswas, D. [Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302 (India)

    2014-01-28

    A detailed analysis of photoluminescence (PL) from InP quantum dots (QDs) grown on Si has been carried out to understand the effect of substrate/host material in the luminescence and carrier escape process from the surface quantum dots. Such studies are required for the development of monolithically integrated next generation III-V QD based optoelectronics with fully developed Si microelectronics. The samples were grown by atmospheric pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition technique, and the PL measurements were made in the temperature range 10–80 K. The distribution of the dot diameter as well as the dot height has been investigated from atomic force microscopy. The origin of the photoluminescence has been explained theoretically. The band alignment of InP/Si heterostructure has been determined, and it is found be type II in nature. The positions of the conduction band minimum of Si and the 1st excited state in the conduction band of InP QDs have been estimated to understand the carrier escape phenomenon. A blue shift with a temperature co-efficient of 0.19 meV/K of the PL emission peak has been found as a result of competitive effect of different physical processes like quantum confinement, strain, and surface states. The corresponding effect of blue shift by quantum confinement and strain as well as the red shift by the surface states in the PL peaks has been studied. The origin of the luminescence in this heterojunction is found to be due to the recombination of free excitons, bound excitons, and a transition from the 1st electron excited state in the conduction band (e{sub 1}) to the heavy hole band (hh{sub 1}). Monotonic decrease in the PL intensity due to increase of thermally escaped carriers with temperature has been observed. The change in barrier height by the photogenerated electric-field enhanced the capture of the carriers by the surface states rather than their accumulation in the QD excited state. From an analysis of the dependence of

  13. Long-range ordered self-assembled InAs quantum dots epitaxially grown on (110) GaAs

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    Bauer, J.; Schuh, D.; Uccelli, E.; Schulz, R.; Kress, A.; Hofbauer, F.; Finley, J. J.; Abstreiter, G.

    2004-11-01

    We report on a promising approach for positioning of self-assembled InAs quantum dots on (110) GaAs with nanometer precision. By combining self-assembly of quantum dots with molecular beam epitaxy on previously grown and in situ cleaved substrates (cleaved-edge overgrowth), arrays of long-range ordered InAs quantum dots have been fabricated. Both atomic force microscopy and micro-photoluminescence measurements demonstrate the ability to control size, position, and ordering of the quantum dots. Furthermore, single dot photoluminescence investigations confirm the high optical quality of the quantum dots fabricated.

  14. One-pot synthesis of carbon dots using two different acids and their respective unique photoluminescence property.

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    Loi, Elaine; Ng, Roy Wei Chao; Chang, Melissa May Fung; Fong, Jessica Fung Yee; Ng, Yann Huey; Ng, Sing Muk

    2017-02-01

    Carbon dots, a new class of nanomaterial with unique optical property and have great potential in various applications. This work demonstrated the possibility of tuning the emission wavelength of carbon dots by simply changing the acid type used during synthesis. In particular, sulfuric and phosphoric acids and a mixture of the two were used to carbonize the same starting precursor, sucrose. This resulted in the isolation of carbon dots with blue (440 nm) and green (515 nm) emission. Interestingly, the use of an acid mixture at various ratios did not shift the initial emission profile, but did obviously alter the fluorescence efficiency of the peaks. This clearly showed that acid type can be used as an alternative tool to produce carbon dots that have different emissions using the same starting precursor. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. Direct measurement of the hole-nuclear spin interaction in single InP/GaInP quantum dots using photoluminescence spectroscopy.

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    Chekhovich, E A; Krysa, A B; Skolnick, M S; Tartakovskii, A I

    2011-01-14

    We measure the hyperfine interaction of the valence band hole with nuclear spins in single InP/GaInP semiconductor quantum dots. Detection of photoluminescence (PL) of both "bright" and "dark" excitons enables direct measurement of the Overhauser shift of states with the same electron but opposite hole spin projections. We find that the hole hyperfine constant is ≈11% of that of the electron and has the opposite sign. By measuring the degree of circular polarization of the PL, an upper limit to the contribution of the heavy-light hole mixing to the measured value of the hole hyperfine constant is deduced. Our results imply that environment-independent hole spins are not realizable in III-V semiconductor, a result important for solid-state quantum information processing using hole spin qubits.

  16. Silica-coated S(2-)-enriched manganese-doped ZnS quantum dots as a photoluminescence probe for imaging intracellular Zn2+ ions.

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    Ren, Hu-Bo; Wu, Bo-Yue; Chen, Jia-Tong; Yan, Xiu-Ping

    2011-11-01

    Detection of intracellular Zn(2+) has gained great attention because of its biological significances. Here we show the fabrication of silica-coated S(2-)-enriched Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (SiO(2)-S-Mn-ZnS QDs) by enriching S(2-) with a silica shell on the surface of Mn-doped ZnS QDs via a sol-gel process for imaging intracellular Zn(2+) ions. The developed probe gave a good linearity for the calibration plot (the recovered PL intensity of the SiO(2)-S-Mn-ZnS QDs against the concentration of Zn(2+) from 0.3 to 15.0 μM), excellent reproducibility (1.2% relative standard deviation for 11 replicate measurements of Zn(2+) at 3 μM), and low detection limit (3s; 80 nM Zn(2+)). The SiO(2)-S-Mn-ZnS QDs showed negligible cytotoxicity, good sensitivity, and selectivity for Zn(2+) in a photoluminescence turn-on mode, being a promising probe for photoluminescence imaging of intracellular Zn(2+).

  17. Highly Luminescent Carbon-​Nanoparticle-​Based Materials: Factors Influencing Photoluminescence Quantum Yield

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    Qu, S.; Shen, D.; Liu, X.; Jing, P.; Zhang, L.; Ji, W.; Zhao, H.; Fan, X.; Zhang, H.

    2014-01-01

    Unravelling the factors influencing photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield of the carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) is the prerequisite for prepg. highly luminescent CNP-​based materials. In this work, an easy and effective method is reported for prepg. highly luminescent CNP-​based materials. Water-​sol.

  18. UV and air stability of high-efficiency photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals

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    Yang, Jihua, E-mail: yangj@umn.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Liptak, Richard [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47803 (United States); Rowe, David; Wu, Jeslin [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Casey, James; Witker, David [Dow Corning Corporation, 2200 W. Salzburg Road, Midland, MI 48686 (United States); Campbell, Stephen A. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Kortshagen, Uwe, E-mail: kortshagen@umn.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States)

    2014-12-30

    The effects of UV light and air exposure on the photoluminescent properties of nonthermal plasma-synthesized silicon nanocrystals (Si NCs) were investigated. Si NCs with high-efficiency photoluminescence (PL) have been achieved via a post-synthesis hydrosilylation process. Photobleaching is observed within the first few hours of ultra-violet (UV) irradiation. Equilibrium is reached after ∼4 h of UV exposure wherein the Si NCs are able to retain 52% of the initially measured PL quantum yield (PLQY). UV-treated Si NCs showed recovery of PL with time. Gas-phase passivation of Si NCs by hydrogen afterglow injection improves PLQY and PL stability against UV and air exposure. Additionally, phosphorous doping can also improve UV stability of photoluminescent Si NCs.

  19. High-Temperature Luminescence Quenching of Colloidal Quantum Dots

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    Zhao, Y.; Riemersma, C.; Pietra, F; de Mello Donega, C.; Meijerink, A.

    2012-01-01

    Thermal quenching of quantum dot (QD) luminescence is important for application in luminescent devices. Systematic studies of the quenching behavior above 300 K are, however, lacking. Here, high-temperature (300–500 K) luminescence studies are reported for highly efficient CdSe core–shell quantum dots (QDs), aimed at obtaining insight into temperature quenching of QD emission. Through thermal cycling (yoyo) experiments for QDs in polymer matrices, reversible and irreversible luminescence quen...

  20. Surface plasmon inhibited photo-luminescence activation in CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots

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    Chen, J.; Žídek, Karel; Abdellah, M.; Al-Marri, M.J.; Zheng, K.; Pullerits, T.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 28, č. 25 (2016), č. článku 254001. ISSN 0953-8984 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : surface plasmon * gold nanorods * quantum dots * energy transfer * photoactivation Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.649, year: 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/28/25/254001

  1. Cultivating Fluorescent Flowers with Highly Luminescent Carbon Dots Fabricated by a Double Passivation Method

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    Shuai Han

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we present the fabrication of highly luminescent carbon dots (CDs by a double passivation method with the assistance of Ca(OH2. In the reaction process, Ca2+ protects the active functional groups from overconsumption during dehydration and carbonization, and the electron-withdrawing groups on the CD surface are converted to electron-donating groups by the hydroxyl ions. As a result, the fluorescence quantum yield of the CDs was found to increase with increasing Ca(OH2 content in the reaction process. A blue-shift optical spectrum of the CDs was also found with increasing Ca(OH2 content, which could be attributed to the increasing of the energy gaps for the CDs. The highly photoluminescent CDs obtained (quantum yield: 86% were used to cultivate fluorescent carnations by a water culture method, while the results of fluorescence microscopy analysis indicated that the CDs had entered the plant tissue structure.

  2. Facile and highly effective synthesis of controllable lattice sulfur-doped graphene quantum dots via hydrothermal treatment of durian.

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    Wang, Gang; Guo, Qinglei; Chen, Da; Liu, Zhiduo; Zheng, Xiaohu; Xu, Anli; Yang, Siwei; Ding, Guqiao

    2018-01-19

    Recently, the biomass "bottom-up" approach for the synthesis of graphene quantum dots have attracted broad interest because of the outstanding features, including low-cost, rapid and environmentally friendly nature. However, the low crystalline quality of products, substitutional doping with heteroatoms in lattice and ambiguous reaction mechanism strongly challenge the further development of this technique. Herein, we proposed a facile and effective strategy to prepare controllable sulfur (S) doping in graphene quantum dots, occurring in a lattice substitution manner, by hydrothermal treatment of durian with platinum catalyst. S atoms in graphene quantum dots are demonstrated to exist in the thiophene structure, resulting good optical and chemical stabilities, as well as ultrahigh quantum yield. Detailed mechanism of the hydrothermal reaction progress was investigated. High-efficiency reforming-cyclization provided by platinum was evidenced by the co-existence of diversified sp2 fused heterocyclic compounds and thiophene derivatives. Moreover, we also demonstrated that saccharides in durian with small molecular weight (graphene quantum dots. Due to the desulfurizing process, controllable photoluminescence properties could be achieved in as-prepared graphene quantum dots via tuning doping concentrations.

  3. Electronic structure of InAs/GaAs self-assembled quantum dots studied by high-excitation luminescence in magnetic fields up to 73 T

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    Smirnov, D.; Raymond, S.; Studenikin, S.; Babinski, A.; Leotin, J.; Frings, P.; Potemski, M.; Sachrajda, A

    2004-04-30

    We report on high-excitation photoluminescence (PL) measurements of an ensemble of InAs/GaAs self-assembled quantum dots with large inter-shell spacing (75 meV) in magnetic fields up to 73 T. The PL spectra show a complex picture of levels splitting and crossings. A simple two-band single-particle model provides a good approximation to explain the observed magneto-PL spectra.

  4. Effects of thickness layer on the photoluminescence properties of InAlAs/GaAlAs quantum dots

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    Daly, A. Ben; Maaref, M.A. [Universite de Carthage, Laboratoire Materiaux, Molecules et Applications, Institut Preparatoire aux Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques, Tunis (Tunisia); Bernardot, F.; Barisien, T.; Testelin, C. [Sorbonne Universites, UPMC Universite Paris 06, UMR 7588, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7588, INSP, Paris (France); Galopin, E.; Lemaitre, A. [Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures, CNRS, Marcoussis (France)

    2016-09-15

    We investigated the effect of InAlAs layer thickness on exciton-spin relaxation and optical properties of In{sub 0.62}Al{sub 0.38}As/Al{sub 0.67}Ga{sub 0.33}As QDs. The luminescence properties and carrier dynamics of QDs were studied by the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and pump-probe measurements. As the total amount of deposited In0.62Al0.38As alloy increased, the central position of the low-energy PL signal decreases, while its full width at half maximum (FWHM) increases. A monotonous redshift of the PL peak was observed with increasing temperature due to the electron-phonon scattering. From the pump-probe measurement, the spin relaxation time decreases with the monolayers at higher temperatures, in agreement with the phonon energy determinate by PL measurements. (orig.)

  5. Growth of Bi2Te3 quantum dots/rods in glass: a unique highly stable nanosystem with novel functionality for high performance magneto optical devices.

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    Panmand, Rajendra P; Kumar, Ganapathy; Mahajan, Satish M; Shroff, Niloufer; Kale, Bharat B; Gosavi, Suresh W

    2012-12-21

    Magneto optical materials are currently of great interest, primarily for modern applications in optical isolation, modulation and switching in telecommunication. However, single crystals are the benchmark materials still used in these devices which are rather expensive and very difficult to fabricate. In this context, we are reporting herewith a stable and novel Bi(2)Te(3) quantum dot-glass nanosystem obtained using a controlled thermo-chemical method. The Q-dots of hexagonal Bi(2)Te(3) of size 4 to 14 nm were grown along the direction. Surprisingly, we obtained quantum rods of Bi(2)Te(3) of size 6 × 10 nm for the first time. The strong quantum confinement in the nanosystem is clearly shown by the optical study. The band gap of the host glass was drastically reduced (from 4.00 to 1.88 eV) due to the growth of Bi(2)Te(3) quantum dots whereas photoluminescence showed a Stokes shift ~175 meV. Faraday Rotation (FR) investigations of the Bi(2)Te(3) quantum dot-glass nanosystem show a nonlinear response in Verdet constant with a decrease in the Bi(2)Te(3) dot sizes. The Bi(2)Te(3) Q-dot-glass nanosystem with ~4 nm dots shows significant enhancement (70 times) in Verdet constant compared to the host glass and more radically better than conventional single crystal (TGG). This is the first time that such a type of unique nanosystem has been architectured and has given extremely good magneto-optical performance. We strongly feel that this novel nanosystem has tremendous applications in magneto-optical devices. It is noteworthy that expensive single crystals can be replaced with this cost effective novel glass nanosystem. Interestingly, the present quantum dot-glass nanosystem can be transformed into optical fibers very easily, which will have an exceptionally high impact on the fabrication of high performance magneto optical devices.

  6. High quantum yield ZnO quantum dots synthesizing via an ultrasonication microreactor method.

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    Yang, Weimin; Yang, Huafang; Ding, Wenhao; Zhang, Bing; Zhang, Le; Wang, Lixi; Yu, Mingxun; Zhang, Qitu

    2016-11-01

    Green emission ZnO quantum dots were synthesized by an ultrasonic microreactor. Ultrasonic radiation brought bubbles through ultrasonic cavitation. These bubbles built microreactor inside the microreactor. The photoluminescence properties of ZnO quantum dots synthesized with different flow rate, ultrasonic power and temperature were discussed. Flow rate, ultrasonic power and temperature would influence the type and quantity of defects in ZnO quantum dots. The sizes of ZnO quantum dots would be controlled by those conditions as well. Flow rate affected the reaction time. With the increasing of flow rate, the sizes of ZnO quantum dots decreased and the quantum yields first increased then decreased. Ultrasonic power changed the ultrasonic cavitation intensity, which affected the reaction energy and the separation of the solution. With the increasing of ultrasonic power, sizes of ZnO quantum dots first decreased then increased, while the quantum yields kept increasing. The effect of ultrasonic temperature on the photoluminescence properties of ZnO quantum dots was influenced by the flow rate. Different flow rate related to opposite changing trend. Moreover, the quantum yields of ZnO QDs synthesized by ultrasonic microreactor could reach 64.7%, which is higher than those synthesized only under ultrasonic radiation or only by microreactor. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Enhanced photoluminescence property and broad color emission of ZnGa2O4 phosphor due to the synergistic role of Eu3+ and carbon dots

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    Huo, Qiuyue; Tu, Weixia; Guo, Lin

    2017-10-01

    ZnGa2O4 phosphors co-composited with nanoscale carbon dots (CDs) and Eu3+ were presented for the tunable color emission. Novel single phase CDs or/and Eu3+ composited ZnGa2O4 phosphors were synthesized by microwave hydrothermal method and their optical properties were investigated. The ZnGa2O4 phosphors composited with CDs exhibited an intense broad blue light emission at 421 nm and a more enhanced photoluminescence intensity than those without CDs. The Eu3+ composited ZnGa2O4 phosphors gave an ideal red color emission. The CDs/Eu3+ co-composited ZnGa2O4 phosphors exhibited a wide emission band peak at 450 nm and narrow emission peak at 618 nm. Furthermore, the tunable color emissions of CDs/Eu3+ co-composited ZnGa2O4 phosphors from blue to the white light region, and then to red were obtained with the increasing Eu3+ concentration, which can be a promising single phased phosphor candidate in light emitting diodes. Broadly tunable emission single phased phosphor is tuned firstly through the synergistic role of the non-metal element and the rare earth metal ions.

  8. Photoluminescence of double core/shell infrared (CdSeTe)/ZnS quantum dots conjugated to Pseudo rabies virus antibodies

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    Torchynska, T. V.; Casas Espinola, J. L.; Jaramillo Gómez, J. A.; Douda, J.; Gazarian, K.

    2013-06-01

    Double core CdSeTe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with emission at 800 nm (1.60 eV) have been studied by photoluminescence (PL) and Raman scattering methods in the non-conjugated state and after the conjugation to the Pseudo rabies virus (PRV) antibodies. The transformation of PL spectra, stimulated by the electric charge of antibodies, has been detected for the bioconjugated QDs. Raman scattering spectra are investigated with the aim to reveal the CdSeTe core compositions. The double core QD energy diagrams were designed that help to analyze the PL spectra and their transformation at the bioconjugation. It is revealed that the interface in double core QDs has the type II quantum well character that permits to explain the near IR optical transition (1.60 eV) in the double core QDs. It is shown that the essential transformation of PL spectra is useful for the study of QD bioconjugation with specific antibodies and can be a powerful technique in early medical diagnostics.

  9. Photoluminescence of InAs quantum dots embedded in AlGaAs/InGaAs quantum wells with strain reducing layer

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    Cisneros Tamayo, R.; Torchynska, T. V.; Polupan, G.; Guerrero Moreno, I. J.; Velázquez Lozada, E.; Shcherbyna, L.

    2014-07-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) of InAs quantum dots (QDs) embedded in the Al0.30Ga0.70As/In0.15Ga0.85As/InGaAlAs/GaAs quantum wells (QWs) have been investigated in the temperature range of 10-500 K for as grown samples and after thermal annealing at 640 °C or 710 °C for two hours. QD samples with the different InAlGaAs capping layers (GaAs or Al0.1Ga0.75 In0.15As) have been studied. The higher PL intensity and lower energy of ground state (GS) emission are detected in the structure with Al0.1Ga0.75 In0.15As layer. This QD structure in as grown state has smaller PL thermal decay in comparison with this parameter in the structure with GaAs layer. The variation of PL intensities and peak positions at annealing are more essential in the QD structure with Al0.1Ga0.75 In0.15As capping layer, apparently, due to more efficient Ga(Al)/In intermixing.

  10. Highly Efficient Red-Emitting Carbon Dots with Gram-Scale Yield for Bioimaging.

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    Ding, Hui; Wei, Ji-Shi; Zhong, Ning; Gao, Qing-Yu; Xiong, Huan-Ming

    2017-11-07

    Carbon dots (CDs) are a new class of photoluminescent (PL), biocompatible, environment-friendly, and low-cost carbon nanomaterials. Synthesis of highly efficient red-emitting carbon dots (R-CDs) on a gram scale is a great challenge at present, which heavily restricts the wide applications of CDs in the bioimaging field. Herein, R-CDs with a high quantum yield (QY) of 53% are produced on a gram scale by heating a formamide solution of citric acid and ethylenediamine. The as-prepared R-CDs have an average size of 4.1 nm and a nitrogen content of about 30%, with an excitation-independent emission at 627 nm. After detailed characterizations, such strong red fluorescence is ascribed to the contribution from the nitrogen- and oxygen-related surface states and the nitrogen-derived structures in the R-CD cores. Our R-CDs show good photostability and low cytotoxicity, and thus they are excellent red fluorescence probes for bioimaging both in vitro and in vivo.

  11. Synthesis of blue-photoluminescent graphene quantum dots/polystyrenic anion-exchange resin for Fe(III) detection

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    Zhang, Wenjun, E-mail: wjzhang@hebut.edu.cn; Gan, Jie

    2016-05-30

    Highlights: • GQD/PS-AER was prepared as a solid fluorescent sensor with millimeter size. • The GQD/PS-AER sensor could detect Fe{sup 3+} ions selectively. • The GQD/PS-AER sensor could be reusable. • This method is simple and economical. - Abstract: A novel solid fluorescent sensor with millimeter size, based on graphene quantum dots/polystyrenic anion-exchange resin (GQDs/PS-AER) was obtained for the detection of Fe{sup 3+}. The linear response range of Fe{sup 3+} was obtained from 1 μM to 7 μM and the detection limit was as low as 0.65 μM. In addition, the sensor could be regenerated by adding complexing agent EDTA and be separated by using simple filtration.

  12. Photoluminescence characteristics of CdSe quantum dots: role of exciton-phonon coupling and defect/trap states

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    Kushavah, Dushyant; Mohapatra, P. K.; Ghosh, Pintu; Singh, Mamraj; Vasa, P.; Bahadur, D.; Singh, B. P.

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, we report temperature dependent photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of CdSe colloidal QDs with average diameter ~2.8 nm. Temperature dependence of strongly confined exciton PL peak position, linewidth and intensity were investigated in 30 K to 300 K temperature range. Our studies reveal nearly four times weaker exciton-LO phonon coupling than bulk CdSe crystal. Theoretically, it should be vanishingly small due to near identical electron and hole charge distributions in strongly confined QDs. On the other hand, exciton-acoustic phonon coupling is an order of magnitude larger than its bulk counterpart. Observed finite value of exciton-LO phonon coupling and enhanced exciton-acoustic phonon coupling are due to piezoelectric strain fields. PL intensity exhibits anomalous behavior in the temperature range 100-230 K. This has been explained by thermally activated detrapping of the charge carriers trapped in the potential wells formed at the interface adjoining dislocations/stacking faults developed during the synthesis process. Above 230 K, PL is partially quenched by thermal escape of charge carriers from luminescing exciton state to higher lying nonluminescing states.

  13. Photoluminescence of monocrystalline and stain-etched porous silicon doped with high temperature annealed europium

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    Guerrero-Lemus, R; Montesdeoca-Santana, A; Gonzalez-Diaz, B; Diaz-Herrera, B; Hernandez-Rodriguez, C; Jimenez-Rodriguez, E [Departamento de Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Avenida AstrofIsico Francisco Sanchez, 2. 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Velazquez, J J, E-mail: rglemus@ull.es [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Avenida Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez, 2. 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

    2011-08-24

    In this work, for the first time, the photoluminescent emission and excitation spectra of non-textured layers and stain-etched porous silicon layers (PSLs) doped with high temperature annealed europium (Eu) are evaluated. The PSLs are evaluated as a host for rare earth ions and as an antireflection coating. The applied doping process, which consists in a simple impregnation method followed by a high-temperature annealing step, is compatible with the standard processes in the fabrication of solar cells. The results show down-shifting processes with a maximum photoluminescent intensity at 615 nm, related to the transition {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 2}. Different initial concentrations of Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} are evaluated to study the influence of the rare earth concentration on the photoluminescent intensity. The chemical composition and the morphology of Eu-doped PSLs are examined by means of x-ray dispersion spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. These Eu-doped layers are considered to be applied as energy converters in silicon-based third generation solar cells.

  14. High-Temperature Luminescence Quenching of Colloidal Quantum Dots

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    Zhao, Y.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/355358352; Riemersma, C.; Pietra, F|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/355358395; de Mello Donega, C.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/125593899; Meijerink, A.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/075044986

    2012-01-01

    Thermal quenching of quantum dot (QD) luminescence is important for application in luminescent devices. Systematic studies of the quenching behavior above 300 K are, however, lacking. Here, high-temperature (300–500 K) luminescence studies are reported for highly efficient CdSe core–shell quantum

  15. Quantum dot amplifiers with high output power and low noise

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    Berg, Tommy Winther; Mørk, Jesper

    2003-01-01

    Quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifiers have been theoretically investigated and are predicted to achieve high saturated output power, large gain, and low noise figure. We discuss the device dynamics and, in particular, show that the presence of highly inverted barrier states does not limit...

  16. In vivo NIR fluorescence imaging, biodistribution, and toxicology of photoluminescent carbon dots produced from carbon nanotubes and graphite.

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    Tao, Huiquan; Yang, Kai; Ma, Zhen; Wan, Jianmei; Zhang, Youjiu; Kang, Zhenhui; Liu, Zhuang

    2012-01-23

    Oxidization of carbon nanotubes by a mixed acid has been utilized as a standard method to functionalize carbon nanomaterials for years. Here, the products obtained from carbon nanotubes and graphite after a mixed-acid treatment are carefully studied. Nearly identical carbon dot (Cdot) products with diameters of 3-4 nm are produced using this approach from a variety of carbon starting materials, including single-walled carbon nanotubes, multiwalled carbon nanotubes, and graphite. These Cdots exhibit strong yellow fluorescence under UV irradiation and shifted emission peaks as the excitation wavelength is changed. In vivo fluorescence imaging with Cdots is then demonstrated in mouse experiments, by using varied excitation wavelengths including some in the near-infrared (NIR) region. Furthermore, in vivo biodistribution and toxicology of those Cdots in mice over different periods of time are studied; no noticeable signs of toxicity for Cdots to the treated animals are discovered. This work provides a facile method to synthesize Cdots as safe non-heavy-metal-containing fluorescent nanoprobes, promising for applications in biomedical imaging. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. High resolution STEM of quantum dots and quantum wires

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    Kadkhodazadeh, Shima

    2013-01-01

    This article reviews the application of high resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) to semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) and quantum wires (QWRs). Different imaging and analytical techniques in STEM are introduced and key examples of their application to QDs and QWRs...

  18. Highly efficient photoluminescence of SiO2 and Ce-SiO2 microfibres and microspheres.

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    Ruso, Juan M; Gravina, A Noel; D'Elía, Noelia L; Messina, Paula V

    2013-06-14

    Semiconductor nanocrystals and nanostructures have been extensively studied in the last few years due to their interesting optical and optoelectronic properties. Nevertheless, combining precise photoluminescence properties with controlled morphologies of SiO2 is a major hurdle for a broad range of basic research and technological applications. Here, we demonstrate that microemulsion droplet interfacial elasticity can be manipulated to induce definite morphologies associated with specific intrinsic and extrinsic photoluminescent defects in the silica matrix. Thus, under precise experimental conditions hollow crystalline and compact amorphous SiO2 spheres showing ultraviolet-photoluminescence and helicoidal fibrils of Ce-doped amorphous silica with violet-blue emissions are obtained. Overall, it is demonstrated that the combination of microemulsions and doping represents an easy strategy for the design of specific nanoscale structures with high efficiency photoluminescence. The detailed structural analysis provided in the present work is expected to be useful as accurate information on assessment of technological nanostructures.

  19. Effect of annealing on the structure and optical properties of InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots

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    Xu, Zhangcheng; Leosson, Kristjan; Birkedal, Dan

    2002-01-01

    We report the effect of annealing on self-assembled InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots, as investigated by means of resonant photoluminescence (PL), resonant Raman scattering, polarization dependent PL, and high resolution X-ray diffraction.......We report the effect of annealing on self-assembled InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots, as investigated by means of resonant photoluminescence (PL), resonant Raman scattering, polarization dependent PL, and high resolution X-ray diffraction....

  20. High Performance PbS Quantum Dot/Graphene Hybrid Solar Cell with Efficient Charge Extraction

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    2016-01-01

    Hybrid colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells are fabricated from multilayer stacks of lead sulfide (PbS) CQD and single layer graphene (SG). The inclusion of graphene interlayers is shown to increase power conversion efficiency by 9.18%. It is shown that the inclusion of conductive graphene enhances charge extraction in devices. Photoluminescence shows that graphene quenches emission from the quantum dot suggesting spontaneous charge transfer to graphene. CQD photodetectors exhibit increased photoresponse and improved transport properties. We propose that the CQD/SG hybrid structure is a route to make CQD thin films with improved charge extraction, therefore resulting in improved solar cell efficiency. PMID:27213219

  1. High Photoluminescence Quantum Yield in Band Gap Tunable Bromide Containing Mixed Halide Perovskites

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    Carolin M. Sutter-Fella Yanbo Li Matin Amani Joel W. Ager III Francesca M. Toma; Eli Yablonovitch Ian D. Sharp and Ali Javey

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid organic–inorganic halide perovskite based semiconductor materials are attractive for use in a wide range of optoelectronic devices because they combine the advantages of suitable optoelectronic attributes and simultaneously low cost solution processability. Here we present a two step low pressure vapor assisted solution process to grow high quality homogeneous CH3NH3PbI3–xBrx perovskite films over the full band gap range of 1.6–2.3 eV. Photoluminescence light in versus light out charac...

  2. Detection of bioconjugated quantum dots passivated with different ligands for bio-applications.

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    Singh, Gurpal; Zaidi, Neelam Hazoor; Soni, Udit; Gautam, Manoj; Jackeray, Richa; Singh, Harpal; Sapra, Sameer

    2011-05-01

    Bioconjugation of quantum dots has resulted in a significant increase in resolution of biological fluorescent labeling. This intrinsic property of quantum dots can be utilized for sensitive detection of target analytes with high sensitivity; including pathogenic bacteria and cancer monitoring. The quantum dots and quantum dot doped silica nanoparticles exhibit prominent emission peaks when excited at 400 nm but on conjugation to model rabbit antigoat antibodies exhibit diminished intensity of emission peak at 600 nm. It shows that photoluminescence intensity of conjugated quantum dots and quantum dot doped silica nanoparticles could permit the detection of bioconjugation. Samples of conjugated and unconjugated quantum dots and quantum dot doped silica nanoparticles were subjected to enzyme linked immunosorbent assay for further confirmation of bioconjugation. In the present study ligand exchange, bioconjugation, fluorescence detection of bioconjugated quantum dots and quantum dot doped silica nanoparticles and further confirmation of bioconjugation by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay has been described.

  3. Nanobio applications of quantum dots in cancer: imaging, sensing, and targeting.

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    SalmanOgli, Ahmad

    In this article, the syntheses and optical properties of core/shell quantum dot (CdSe/ZnS) and their applications are reviewed. Nevertheless, the main focus is to provide an overview on biological applications of quantum dots that contain imaging, targeting, and sensing. We discuss the different synthetic methods, optical properties (photoluminescence intensity, absorption, and fluorescence spectra), and their dependence on shape, size, and inner structure of quantum dots. Also, the different mechanisms of quantum dots bio-targeting (passive and active mechanisms) are discussed. The impact of quantum dots in bioimaging is reviewed regarding its photoluminescence intensity, absorption and emission spectrum, and photo-stability on high-quality and sensitivity imaging. Further, the difference between near infrared and visible emission quantum dots in deep tissue imaging will be reviewed and some of done works are considered and compared with each other. And finally, the biosensing potential/application of quantum dots in medical diagnosis is going to be highlighted.

  4. Quantum Dot Spectrum Converters for Enhanced High Efficiency Photovoltaics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This research proposes to enhance solar cell efficiency, radiation resistance and affordability. The Quantum Dot Spectrum Converter (QDSC) disperses quantum dots...

  5. High Color-Purity Green, Orange, and Red Light-Emitting Didoes Based on Chemically Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots

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    Woosung Kwon; Young-Hoon Kim; Ji-Hee Kim; Taehyung Lee; Sungan Do; Yoonsang Park; Mun Seok Jeong; Tae-Woo Lee; Shi-Woo Rhee

    2016-01-01

    Chemically derived graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to date have showed very broad emission linewidth due to many kinds of chemical bondings with different energy levels, which significantly degrades the color purity and color tunability. Here, we show that use of aniline derivatives to chemically functionalize GQDs generates new extrinsic energy levels that lead to photoluminescence of very narrow linewidths. We use transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies to study...

  6. Near-infrared light controlled photocatalytic activity of carbon quantum dots for highly selective oxidation reaction

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    Li, Haitao; Liu, Ruihua; Lian, Suoyuan; Liu, Yang; Huang, Hui; Kang, Zhenhui

    2013-03-01

    Selective oxidation of alcohols is a fundamental and significant transformation for the large-scale production of fine chemicals, UV and visible light driven photocatalytic systems for alcohol oxidation have been developed, however, the long wavelength near infrared (NIR) and infrared (IR) light have not yet fully utilized by the present photocatalytic systems. Herein, we reported carbon quantum dots (CQDs) can function as an effective near infrared (NIR) light driven photocatalyst for the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde. Based on the NIR light driven photo-induced electron transfer property and its photocatalytic activity for H2O2 decomposition, this metal-free catalyst could realize the transformation from benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde with high selectivity (100%) and conversion (92%) under NIR light irradiation. HO&z.rad; is the main active oxygen specie in benzyl alcohol selective oxidative reaction confirmed by terephthalic acid photoluminescence probing assay (TA-PL), selecting toluene as the substrate. Such metal-free photocatalytic system also selectively converts other alcohol substrates to their corresponding aldehydes with high conversion, demonstrating a potential application of accessing traditional alcohol oxidation chemistry.Selective oxidation of alcohols is a fundamental and significant transformation for the large-scale production of fine chemicals, UV and visible light driven photocatalytic systems for alcohol oxidation have been developed, however, the long wavelength near infrared (NIR) and infrared (IR) light have not yet fully utilized by the present photocatalytic systems. Herein, we reported carbon quantum dots (CQDs) can function as an effective near infrared (NIR) light driven photocatalyst for the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde. Based on the NIR light driven photo-induced electron transfer property and its photocatalytic activity for H2O2 decomposition, this metal-free catalyst could realize

  7. Highly Efficient Near-IR Photoluminescence of Er3+ Immobilized in Mesoporous SBA-15

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    Wu P

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract SiO2 mesoporous molecular sieve SBA-15 with the incorporation of erbium ions is studied as a novel type of nanoscopic composite photoluminescent material in this paper. To enhance the photoluminescence efficiency, two schemes have been used for the incorporation of Er3+ where (1 Er3+ is ligated with bis-(perfluoromethylsulfonyl-aminate (PMS forming Er(PMSx-SBA-15 and (2 Yb3+ is codoped with Er3+ forming Yb-Er-SBA-15. As high as 11.17 × 10−21cm2 of fluorescent cross section at 1534 nm and 88 nm of “effective bandwidth” have been gained. It is a 29.3% boost in fluorescent cross section compared to what has been obtained in conventional silica. The upconversion coefficient in Yb-Er-SBA-15 is relatively small compared to that in other ordinary glass hosts. The increased fluorescent cross section and lowered upconversion coefficient could benefit for the high-gain optical amplifier. Finally, the Judd–Ofelt theory has also been used for the analyses of the optical spectra of Er(PMSx-SBA-15.

  8. Aptamer and 5-fluorouracil dual-loading Ag2S quantum dots used as a sensitive label-free probe for near-infrared photoluminescence turn-on detection of CA125 antigen.

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    Jin, Hui; Gui, Rijun; Gong, Jun; Huang, Wenxue

    2017-06-15

    In this article, Ag 2 S quantum dots (QDs) were prepared by a facile aqueous synthesis method, using thiourea as a new sulfur precursor. Based on electrostatic interactions, 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) was combined with the aptamer of CA125 antigen to fabricate aptamer/5-Fu complex. The surface of as-prepared Ag 2 S QDs was modified with polyethylenimine, followed by combination with the aptamer/5-Fu complex to form Ag 2 S QDs/aptamer/5-Fu hybrids. During the combination of Ag 2 S QDs with aptamer/5-Fu complex, near-infrared (NIR) photoluminescence (PL) of QDs (peaked at 850nm) was markedly reduced under excitation at 625nm, attributed to photo-induced electron transfer from QDs to 5-Fu. However, the addition of CA125 induced obvious NIR PL recovery, which was ascribed to the strong binding affinity of CA125 with its aptamer, and the separation of aptamer/5-Fu complex from the surface of QDs. Hence, the Ag 2 S QDs/aptamer/5-Fu hybrids were developed as a novel NIR PL turn-on probe of CA125. In the concentration range of [CA125] from 0.1 to 10 6 ngmL -1 , there were a good linear relationship between NIR PL intensities of Ag 2 S QDs and Log[CA125], and a low limit of detection of 0.07ngmL -1 . Experimental results revealed the highly selective and sensitive NIR PL responses of this probe to CA125, over other potential interferences. In real human body fluids, this probe also exhibited superior analytical performance, together with high detection recoveries. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Triggered high-purity telecom-wavelength single-photon generation from p-shell-driven InGaAs/GaAs quantum dot.

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    Dusanowski, Ł; Holewa, P; Maryński, A; Musiał, A; Heuser, T; Srocka, N; Quandt, D; Strittmatter, A; Rodt, S; Misiewicz, J; Reitzenstein, S; Sęk, G

    2017-12-11

    We report on the experimental demonstration of triggered single-photon emission at the telecom O-band from In(Ga)As/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) grown by metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy. Micro-photoluminescence excitation experiments allowed us to identify the p-shell excitonic states in agreement with high excitation photoluminescence on the ensemble of QDs. Hereby we drive an O-band-emitting GaAs-based QD into the p-shell states to get a triggered single photon source of high purity. Applying pulsed p-shell resonant excitation results in strong suppression of multiphoton events evidenced by the as measured value of the second-order correlation function at zero delay of 0.03 (and ~0.005 after background correction).

  10. High-Sensitive Sensor of Dopamine Based on Photoluminescence Quenching of Hierarchical CdS Spherical Aggregates

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    Binjie Sun

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hierarchical CdS spherical aggregates have been fabricated by an assembling strategy starting from nanoparticles, which opens a general way to obtain hierarchical spherical aggregates of different types of materials. The hierarchical CdS spherical aggregates are of high porosity and high surface area, which give rise to unique photoluminescence properties. The desirable properties we report here will spur further developments of novel dopamine photoluminescence sensors based on the high surface area hierarchical CdS spherical aggregates fabricated with our unique assembling strategy. The novel dopamine photoluminescence sensor has a low detection limit of 1.0×10−8 M, which is much lower than those reported previously.

  11. Formation mechanism of highly luminescent silica capsules incorporating multiple hydrophobic quantum dots with various emission wavelengths.

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    Li, Chunliang; Murase, Norio

    2013-12-01

    A synthesis process was reconsidered for encapsulating hydrophobic quantum dots (QDs) into silica capsules with high photoluminescent (PL) efficiency. The process comprises three steps: silanization of QD surfaces, seed formation by assembly of the QDs, and coating of the QD seeds with a silica shell. Analysis of the encapsulation mechanism enabled this process to be adapted for application to CdSe-based core-shell QDs with various organic ligands such as oleic acid and with various emission wavelengths. Formation of the seeds is the key step in synthesizing the silica capsules, so that they have high PL efficiency. Due to the differences in QD size and in the affinity of the ligands on their surfaces, the concentration of QDs used in the synthesis must be optimized to maximize emission efficiency. Contrary to an initial assumption, several ligands remained on the QD surfaces even after the QDs were transferred from organic solution to water. This greatly affected the size and PL efficiency of the seeds. Judicious selection of the conditions for seed and silica capsule synthesis resulted in seeds with PL efficiency greater than 70% and in silica capsules encapsulating multiple CdSe/CdZnS QDs with PL efficiency as high as 41%. Silica capsules incorporating QDs with various emission peak wavelengths from green to red were also prepared. The process presented serves as a guideline for encapsulating various types of hydrophobic QDs into silica capsules for biological tagging applications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Bright and high-photostable inner-Mn-doped core/giant-shell quantum dots

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    Xu, Ruilin; Huang, Bo; Wang, Tian; Yuan, Yufen; Zhang, Lei; Lu, Changgui; Cui, Yiping; Zhang, Jiayu

    2017-11-01

    Compared with quantum-dot (QD) displays, QD lighting possesses higher demand of photostability. Owing to high photostability from the combination of inner independent luminescence center and thick shell (≥15 monolayers (MLs)), inner-Mn-doped core/giant-shell QDs with bright wide emission are a promising candidate for QD lighting. Aiming at bright and high-photostable giant QDs with low time cost (giant-shell growth time: within 20 min), we put forward the perfect combination strategy of hot-injection nucleation doping and optimized ;flash; synthesis, going beyond the combination strategy of one-pot growth doping and typical ;flash; synthesis, which led to an increase in photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield (QY) of giant Mn-doped CdS/ZnS QDs (ZnS shell: ∼18 MLs) from ≤20% to 40%. The PLQY was enhanced to 45% by light annealing. Using traditional LED as the reference, these simply-encapsulated QDs can exhibit the high photostability, throwing light of the application of these inner-Mn-doped core/giant-shell QDs even for QD lighting.

  13. Synthesis of Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dots with High Quantum Yield and Their Toxicity Study.

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    Dan Jiang

    Full Text Available High fluorescence quantum yield graphene quantum dots (GQDs have showed up as a new generation for bioimaging. In this work, luminescent GQDs were prepared by an ameliorative photo-Fenton reaction and a subsequent hydrothermal process using graphene oxide sheets as the precursor. The as-prepared GQDs were nanomaterials with size ranging from 2.3 to 6.4 nm and emitted intense green luminescence in water. The fluorescence quantum yield was as high as 24.6% (excited at 340 nm and the fluorescence was strongest at pH 7. Moreover, the influences of low-concentration (12.5, 25 μg/mL GQDs on the morphology, viability, membrane integrity, internal cellular reactive oxygen species level and mortality of HeLa cells were relatively weak, and the in vitro imaging demonstrated GQDs were mainly in the cytoplasm region. More strikingly, zebrafish embryos were co-cultured with GQDs for in vivo imaging, and the results of heart rate test showed the intake of small amounts of GQDs brought little harm to the cardiovascular of zebrafish. GQDs with high quantum yield and strong photoluminescence show good biocompatibility, thus they show good promising for cell imaging, biolabeling and other biomedical applications.

  14. Synthesis of Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dots with High Quantum Yield and Their Toxicity Study

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    Jiang, Dan; Chen, Yunping; Li, Na; Li, Wen; Wang, Zhenguo; Zhu, Jingli; Zhang, Hong; Liu, Bin; Xu, Shan

    2015-01-01

    High fluorescence quantum yield graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have showed up as a new generation for bioimaging. In this work, luminescent GQDs were prepared by an ameliorative photo-Fenton reaction and a subsequent hydrothermal process using graphene oxide sheets as the precursor. The as-prepared GQDs were nanomaterials with size ranging from 2.3 to 6.4 nm and emitted intense green luminescence in water. The fluorescence quantum yield was as high as 24.6% (excited at 340 nm) and the fluorescence was strongest at pH 7. Moreover, the influences of low-concentration (12.5, 25 μg/mL) GQDs on the morphology, viability, membrane integrity, internal cellular reactive oxygen species level and mortality of HeLa cells were relatively weak, and the in vitro imaging demonstrated GQDs were mainly in the cytoplasm region. More strikingly, zebrafish embryos were co-cultured with GQDs for in vivo imaging, and the results of heart rate test showed the intake of small amounts of GQDs brought little harm to the cardiovascular of zebrafish. GQDs with high quantum yield and strong photoluminescence show good biocompatibility, thus they show good promising for cell imaging, biolabeling and other biomedical applications. PMID:26709828

  15. Highly Sensitive and Selective Detection of Nanomolar Ferric Ions Using Dopamine Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Dutta Chowdhury, Ankan; Doong, Ruey-An

    2016-08-17

    The good stability, low cytotoxicity, and excellent photoluminescence property of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) make them an emerging class of promising materials in various application fields ranging from sensor to drug delivery. In the present work, the dopamine-functionalized GQDs (DA-GQDs) with stably bright blue fluorescence were successfully synthesized for low level Fe(3+) ions detection. The as-synthesized GQDs are uniform in size with narrow-distributed particle size of 4.5 ± 0.6 nm and high quantum yield of 10.2%. The amide linkage of GQDs with dopamine, confirmed by using XPS and FTIR spectra, results in the specific interaction between Fe(3+) and catechol moiety of dopamine at the interfaces for highly sensitive and selective detection of Fe(3+). A linear range of 20 nM to 2 μM with a detection limit of 7.6 nM is obtained for Fe(3+) detection by DA-GQDs. The selectivity of DA-GQDs sensing probe is significantly excellent in the presence of other interfering metal ions. In addition, the reaction mechanism for Fe(3+) detection based on the complexation and oxidation of dopamine has been proposed and validated. Results obtained in this study clearly demonstrate the superiority of surface functionalized GQDs to Fe(3+) detection, which can pave an avenue for the development of high performance and robust sensing probes for detection of metal ions and other organic metabolites in environmental and biomedical applications.

  16. High Efficiency Colloidal Quantum Dot Phosphors

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    Kahen, Keith

    2013-12-31

    The project showed that non-Cd containing, InP-based nanocrystals (semiconductor materials with dimensions of ~6 nm) have high potential for enabling next-generation, nanocrystal-based, on chip phosphors for solid state lighting. Typical nanocrystals fall short of the requirements for on chip phosphors due to their loss of quantum efficiency under the operating conditions of LEDs, such as, high temperature (up to 150 °C) and high optical flux (up to 200 W/cm2). The InP-based nanocrystals invented during this project maintain high quantum efficiency (>80%) in polymer-based films under these operating conditions for emission wavelengths ranging from ~530 to 620 nm. These nanocrystals also show other desirable attributes, such as, lack of blinking (a common problem with nanocrystals which limits their performance) and no increase in the emission spectral width from room to 150 °C (emitters with narrower spectral widths enable higher efficiency LEDs). Prior to these nanocrystals, no nanocrystal system (regardless of nanocrystal type) showed this collection of properties; in fact, other nanocrystal systems are typically limited to showing only one desirable trait (such as high temperature stability) but being deficient in other properties (such as high flux stability). The project showed that one can reproducibly obtain these properties by generating a novel compositional structure inside of the nanomaterials; in addition, the project formulated an initial theoretical framework linking the compositional structure to the list of high performance optical properties. Over the course of the project, the synthetic methodology for producing the novel composition was evolved to enable the synthesis of these nanomaterials at a cost approximately equal to that required for forming typical conventional nanocrystals. Given the above results, the last major remaining step prior to scale up of the nanomaterials is to limit the oxidation of these materials during the tens of

  17. Efficient Luminescence from Perovskite Quantum Dot Solids

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    Kim, Younghoon

    2015-11-18

    © 2015 American Chemical Society. Nanocrystals of CsPbX3 perovskites are promising materials for light-emitting optoelectronics because of their colloidal stability, optically tunable bandgap, bright photoluminescence, and excellent photoluminescence quantum yield. Despite their promise, nanocrystal-only films of CsPbX3 perovskites have not yet been fabricated; instead, highly insulating polymers have been relied upon to compensate for nanocrystals\\' unstable surfaces. We develop solution chemistry that enables single-step casting of perovskite nanocrystal films and overcomes problems in both perovskite quantum dot purification and film fabrication. Centrifugally cast films retain bright photoluminescence and achieve dense and homogeneous morphologies. The new materials offer a platform for optoelectronic applications of perovskite quantum dot solids.

  18. Near-infrared InN quantum dots on high-In composition InGaN

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    Soto Rodriguez, Paul E. D.; Gomez, Victor J.; Kumar, Praveen; Calleja, Enrique; Noetzel, Richard [Instituto de Sistemas Optoelectronicos y Microtecnologia (ISOM), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2013-04-01

    We report the growth of InN quantum dots (QDs) on thick InGaN layers with high In composition (>50%) by molecular beam epitaxy. Optimized growth conditions are identified for the InGaN layers at reduced growth temperature and increased active N flux resulting in minimized phase separation and defect generation. The InN QDs grown on top of the optimized InGaN layer exhibit small size, high density, and photoluminescence up to room temperature. The InN/InGaN QDs reveal excellent potential for intermediate band solar cells with the InGaN and InN QD bandgap energies tuned to the best match of absorption to the solar spectrum.

  19. Strong Photoluminescence Enhancement in All-Dielectric Fano Metasurface with High Quality Factor.

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    Yuan, Shuai; Qiu, Xingzhi; Cui, Chengcong; Zhu, Liangqiu; Wang, Yuxi; Li, Yi; Song, Jinwen; Huang, Qingzhong; Xia, Jinsong

    2017-11-28

    All-dielectric metamaterials offer great flexibility for controlling light-matter interaction, owing to their strong electric and magnetic resonances with negligible loss at wavelengths above the material bandgap. Here, we propose an all-dielectric asymmetric metasurface structure exhibiting high quality factor and prominent Fano line shape. Over three-orders photoluminescence enhancement is demonstrated in the fabricated all-dielectric metasurface with record-high quality factor of 1011. We find this strong emission enhancement is attributed to the coherent Fano resonances, which originate from the destructive interferences of antisymmetric displacement currents in the asymmetric all-dielectric metasurface. Our observations show a promising approach to realize light emitters based on all-dielectric metasurfaces.

  20. Förster Resonance Energy Transfer Mediated Photoluminescence Quenching in Stoichiometrically Assembled CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dot-Peptide Labeled Black Hole Quencher Conjugates for Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 Sensing.

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    Pillai, Sreenadh Sasidharan; Yukawa, Hiroshi; Onoshima, Daisuke; Biju, Vasudevanpillai; Baba, Yoshinobu

    2017-01-01

    The steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence quenching of streptavidin modified CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) instigated by biotin-peptide-BHQ-1 (biotin-pep-BHQ-1) molecule was investigated. Here, we have achieved an efficient photoluminescence (PL) quenching of QDs with the conjugation of dark quencher (black hole quencher-BHQ) molecules intermediated with the GPLGVRGK peptide. The luminescence of streptavidin-QDs585 was decreased upon titration with a nano molar concentration of the biotin-GPLGVRGK-BHQ-1 molecule. It has been suggested that the decrease of QDs PL occurred through a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) mechanism from the analysis of steady state photoluminescence intensity measurements as well as time resolved lifetime measurements of streptavidin-QDs and QDs-(pep-BHQ-1)n conjugates. The sequence of intermediate peptide GPLG↓VRGK can act as a target material for matrix metalloproteinases-2 (MMP-2) produced by cancer cells at its Gly and Val region, shown by the down-headed arrow. Interestingly, here the reported self-assembled QDs-(pep-BHQ-1)n conjugates could detect the presence MMP-2 at a detection limit of 1 ng/mL with a clear luminescence recovery.

  1. Highly luminescent S,N co-doped carbon quantum dots-sensitized chemiluminescence on luminol-H2 O2 system for the determination of ranitidine.

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    Chen, Jianqiu; Shu, Juan; Chen, Jiao; Cao, Zhiran; Xiao, An; Yan, Zhengyu

    2017-05-01

    S,N co-doped carbon quantum dots (N,S-CQDs) with super high quantum yield (79%) were prepared by the hydrothermal method and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence, UV-Vis spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy. N,S-CQDs can enhance the chemiluminescence intensity of a luminol-H2 O2 system. The possible mechanism of the luminol-H2 O2 -(N,S-CQDs) was illustrated by using chemiluminescence, photoluminescence and ultraviolet analysis. Ranitidine can quench the chemiluminescence intensity of a luminol-H2 O2 -N,S-CQDs system. So, a novel flow-injection chemiluminescence method was designed to determine ranitidine within a linear range of 0.5-50 μg ml(-1) and a detection limit of 0.12 μg ml(-1) . The method shows promising application prospects. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. Controlled positioning of self-assembled InAs quantum dots on (1 1 0) GaAs

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    Schuh, D.; Bauer, J.; Uccelli, E.; Schulz, R.; Kress, A.; Hofbauer, F.; Finley, J. J.; Abstreiter, G.

    2005-02-01

    We report on a new approach for positioning of self-assembled InAs quantum dots on (1 1 0) GaAs with nanometer precision. By combining self-assembly of quantum dots with molecular beam epitaxy on in situ cleaved surfaces (cleaved-edge overgrowth) we have successfully fabricated arrays of long-range ordered InAs quantum dots. Both atomic force microscopy and micro-photoluminescence measurements demonstrate the ability to control position and ordering of the quantum dots with epitaxial precision as well as size and size homogeneity. Furthermore, photoluminescence investigations on dot ensembles and on single dots confirm the high homogeneity and the excellent optical quality of the quantum dots fabricated.

  3. Preparation of highly aligned silicon oxide nanowires with stable intensive photoluminescence

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    Duraia, El-Shazly M., E-mail: duraia_physics@yahoo.co [Suez Canal University, Faculty of Science, Physics Department, Ismailia (Egypt); Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty (Kazakhstan); Institute of Physics and Technology, 11 Ibragimov Street, 050032 Almaty (Kazakhstan); Mansurov, Z.A. [Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty (Kazakhstan); Tokmolden, S. [Institute of Physics and Technology, 11 Ibragimov Street, 050032 Almaty (Kazakhstan); Beall, Gary W. [Texas State University-San Marcos, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666 (United States)

    2010-02-15

    In this work we report the successful formation of highly aligned vertical silicon oxide nanowires. The source of silicon was from the substrate itself without any additional source of silicon. X-ray measurement demonstrated that our nanowires are amorphous. Photoluminescence measurements were conducted through 18 months and indicated that there is a very good intensive emission peaks near the violet regions. The FTIR measurements indicated the existence of peaks at 463, 604, 795 and a wide peak at 1111 cm{sup -1} and this can be attributed to Si-O-Si and Si-O stretching vibrations. We also report the formation of the octopus-like silicon oxide nanowires and the growth mechanism of these structures was discussed.

  4. High photoluminescent metal-organic frameworks as optical markers for the identification of gunshot residues.

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    Weber, Ingrid Távora; de Melo, Adenaule James Geber; Lucena, Marcella Auxiliadora de Melo; Rodrigues, Marcelo Oliveira; Alves, Severino

    2011-06-15

    Gunshot residue (GSR) are solid particles produced when a firearm is discharged, and its detection is important evidence in forensic investigations. Currently, scanning electron microscopy coupled to energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) is the standard technique adopted for the analysis and identification of GSR; however, this methodology is inefficient for lead-free ammunition. Herein, we report the inclusion of high photoluminescent metal-organic frameworks in ammunition to allow for the visual detection of GSR. The tests indicated that marked GSR is easily visible in proportions above 5.0 wt %. A total of 1 g of marker suffices to tag 100 0.38 mm bullets or 62 0.40 mm bullets.

  5. Radio-photoluminescence of highly irradiated LiF:Mg,Ti and LiF:Mg,Cu,P detectors

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    Mrozik, Anna; Bilski, Paweł; Marczewska, Barbara; Obryk, Barbara; Hodyr, Krzysztof; Gieszczyk, Wojciech

    2014-01-01

    The radio-photoluminescent (RPL) characteristics of LiF:Mg,Ti (MTS) and LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP) thermoluminescent detectors, routinely used in radiation protection dosimetry, were investigated after irradiation with ultra-high electron doses ranging up to 1 MGy. The photoluminescence of both types of LiF detectors was stimulated by a blue light (460 nm) and measured within a spectral window around 530 nm. The RPL dose response was found to be linear up to 50 kGy and sublinear in the range of 50 kGy...

  6. Preparation of highly luminescent and biocompatible carbon dots using a new extraction method

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    Zhang, Rui; Liu, Ying-Bo; Sun, Shu-Qing, E-mail: sunshuqing@tju.edu.cn [Tianjin University, Department of Chemistry (China)

    2013-10-15

    C dots (CDs) are among the most promising emerging fluorescent labels for biological imaging and sensing. A facile new synthesis method was developed using common organic solvents for fabricating CDs from candle soot. The common organic solvents were used as extractants and the obtained CDs have a narrow size distribution with average diameters of about 3.4 nm for ethylene glycol, 3.5 nm for ethanol, and 3.4 nm for n-butanol. This approach is simpler, easier, and more effective than other methods currently used for CD fabrication. The obtained CDs had a high quantum yield (38 %), tunable emission and are water-soluble. The mechanism for the luminescence of the CDs was investigated and the results indicate that the ability of the solvent to disperse the CDs plays a very important role in the photoluminescence of these CDs. The type of organic solvent and the surface groups on the CDs also influenced the optical properties of the CDs. Different emissive traps are shown to play the major role in the luminescence of the carbon materials. An in vitro hemolysis assay was performed and showed that the CDs are biocompatible.

  7. High Quantum Yield Blue Emission from Lead-Free Inorganic Antimony Halide Perovskite Colloidal Quantum Dots.

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    Zhang, Jian; Yang, Ying; Deng, Hui; Farooq, Umar; Yang, Xiaokun; Khan, Jahangeer; Tang, Jiang; Song, Haisheng

    2017-09-26

    Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) of lead halide perovskite have recently received great attention owing to their remarkable performances in optoelectronic applications. However, their wide applications are hindered from toxic lead element, which is not environment- and consumer-friendly. Herein, we utilized heterovalent substitution of divalent lead (Pb(2+)) with trivalent antimony (Sb(3+)) to synthesize stable and brightly luminescent Cs3Sb2Br9 QDs. The lead-free, full-inorganic QDs were fabricated by a modified ligand-assisted reprecipitation strategy. A photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) was determined to be 46% at 410 nm, which was superior to that of other reported halide perovskite QDs. The PL enhancement mechanism was unraveled by surface composition derived quantum-well band structure and their large exciton binding energy. The Br-rich surface and the observed 530 meV exciton binding energy were proposed to guarantee the efficient radiative recombination. In addition, we can also tune the inorganic perovskite QD (Cs3Sb2X9) emission wavelength from 370 to 560 nm via anion exchange reactions. The developed full-inorganic lead-free Sb-perovskite QDs with high PLQY and stable emission promise great potential for efficient emission candidates.

  8. Droplet epitaxial growth of highly symmetric quantum dots emitting at telecommunication wavelengths on InP(111)A

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    Ha, Neul; Kuroda, Takashi [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, NIMS, Tsukuba 305-0044 (Japan); Liu, Xiangming; Mano, Takaaki, E-mail: mano.takaaki@nims.go.jp; Mitsuishi, Kazutaka; Noda, Takeshi; Sakuma, Yoshiki; Sakoda, Kazuaki [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Castellano, Andrea [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Dip. di Scienza dei Materiali, Università di Milano Bicocca, Via Cozzi 55, I-20125 Milano (Italy); Sanguinetti, Stefano [Dip. di Scienza dei Materiali, Università di Milano Bicocca, Via Cozzi 55, I-20125 Milano (Italy)

    2014-04-07

    We demonstrate the formation of InAs quantum dots (QDs) on InAlAs/InP(111)A by means of droplet epitaxy. The C{sub 3v} symmetry of the (111)A substrate enabled us to realize highly symmetric QDs that are free from lateral elongations. The QDs exhibit a disk-like truncated shape with an atomically flat top surface. Photoluminescence signals show broad-band spectra at telecommunication wavelengths of 1.3 and 1.5 μm. Strong luminescence signals are retained up to room temperature. Thus, our QDs are potentially useful for realizing an entangled photon-pair source that is compatible with current telecommunication fiber networks.

  9. Glowing graphene quantum dots and carbon dots: properties, syntheses, and biological applications.

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    Zheng, Xin Ting; Ananthanarayanan, Arundithi; Luo, Kathy Qian; Chen, Peng

    2015-04-08

    The emerging graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and carbon dots (C-dots) have gained tremendous attention for their enormous potentials for biomedical applications, owing to their unique and tunable photoluminescence properties, exceptional physicochemical properties, high photostability, biocompatibility, and small size. This article aims to update the latest results in this rapidly evolving field and to provide critical insights to inspire more exciting developments. We comparatively review the properties and synthesis methods of these carbon nanodots and place emphasis on their biological (both fundamental and theranostic) applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Device Characterization of High Performance Quantum Dot Comb Laser

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    Rafi, Kazi

    2012-02-01

    The cost effective comb based laser sources are considered to be one of the prominent emitters used in optical communication (OC) and photonic integrated circuits (PIC). With the rising demand for delivering triple-play services (voice, data and video) in FTTH and FTTP-based WDM-PON networks, metropolitan area network (MAN), and short-reach rack-to-rack optical computer communications, a versatile and cost effective WDM transmitter design is required, where several DFB lasers can be replaced by a cost effective broadband comb laser to support on-chip optical signaling. Therefore, high performance quantum dot (Q.Dot) comb lasers need to satisfy several challenges before real system implementations. These challenges include a high uniform broadband gain spectrum from the active layer, small relative intensity noise with lower bit error rate (BER) and better temperature stability. Thus, such short wavelength comb lasers offering higher bandwidth can be a feasible solution to address these challenges. However, they still require thorough characterization before implementation. In this project, we briefly characterized the novel quantum dot comb laser using duty cycle based electrical injection and temperature variations where we have observed the presence of reduced thermal conductivity in the active layer. This phenomenon is responsible for the degradation of device performance. Hence, different performance trends, such as broadband emission and spectrum stability were studied with pulse and continuous electrical pumping. The tested comb laser is found to be an attractive solution for several applications but requires further experiments in order to be considered for photonic intergraded circuits and to support next generation computer-communications.

  11. High-efficiency "green" quantum dot solar cells.

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    Pan, Zhenxiao; Mora-Seró, Iván; Shen, Qing; Zhang, Hua; Li, Yan; Zhao, Ke; Wang, Jin; Zhong, Xinhua; Bisquert, Juan

    2014-06-25

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are extremely interesting materials for the development of photovoltaic devices, but currently the present the drawback is that the most efficient devices have been prepared with toxic heavy metals of Cd or Pb. Solar cells based on "green" QDs--totally free of Cd or Pb--present a modest efficiency of 2.52%. Herein we achieve effective surface passivation of the ternary CuInS2 (CIS) QDs that provides high photovoltaic quality core/shell CIS/ZnS (CIS-Z) QDs, leading to the development of high-efficiency green QD solar cells that surpass the performance of those based on the toxic cadmium and lead chalcogenides QDs. Using wide absorption range QDs, CIS-Z-based quantum dot sensitized solar cell (QDSC) configuration with high QD loading and with the benefit of the recombination reduction with type-I core/shell structure, we boost the power conversion efficiency of Cd- and Pb-free QDSC to a record of 7.04% (with certified efficiency of 6.66%) under AM 1.5G one sun irradiation. This efficiency is the best performance to date for QDSCs and also demonstrates that it is possible to obtain comparable or even better photovoltaic performance from green CIS QDs to the toxic cadmium and lead chalcogenides QDs.

  12. High Color-Purity Green, Orange, and Red Light-Emitting Didoes Based on Chemically Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots

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    Kwon, Woosung; Kim, Young-Hoon; Kim, Ji-Hee; Lee, Taehyung; Do, Sungan; Park, Yoonsang; Jeong, Mun Seok; Lee, Tae-Woo; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2016-04-01

    Chemically derived graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to date have showed very broad emission linewidth due to many kinds of chemical bondings with different energy levels, which significantly degrades the color purity and color tunability. Here, we show that use of aniline derivatives to chemically functionalize GQDs generates new extrinsic energy levels that lead to photoluminescence of very narrow linewidths. We use transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies to study the electronic structures and related electronic transitions of our GQDs, which reveals that their underlying carrier dynamics is strongly related to the chemical properties of aniline derivatives. Using these functionalized GQDs as lumophores, we fabricate light-emitting didoes (LEDs) that exhibit green, orange, and red electroluminescence that has high color purity. The maximum current efficiency of 3.47 cd A-1 and external quantum efficiency of 1.28% are recorded with our LEDs; these are the highest values ever reported for LEDs based on carbon-nanoparticle phosphors. This functionalization of GQDs with aniline derivatives represents a new method to fabricate LEDs that produce natural color.

  13. High Color-Purity Green, Orange, and Red Light-Emitting Didoes Based on Chemically Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots

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    Kwon, Woosung; Kim, Young-Hoon; Kim, Ji-Hee; Lee, Taehyung; Do, Sungan; Park, Yoonsang; Jeong, Mun Seok; Lee, Tae-Woo; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2016-01-01

    Chemically derived graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to date have showed very broad emission linewidth due to many kinds of chemical bondings with different energy levels, which significantly degrades the color purity and color tunability. Here, we show that use of aniline derivatives to chemically functionalize GQDs generates new extrinsic energy levels that lead to photoluminescence of very narrow linewidths. We use transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies to study the electronic structures and related electronic transitions of our GQDs, which reveals that their underlying carrier dynamics is strongly related to the chemical properties of aniline derivatives. Using these functionalized GQDs as lumophores, we fabricate light-emitting didoes (LEDs) that exhibit green, orange, and red electroluminescence that has high color purity. The maximum current efficiency of 3.47 cd A−1 and external quantum efficiency of 1.28% are recorded with our LEDs; these are the highest values ever reported for LEDs based on carbon-nanoparticle phosphors. This functionalization of GQDs with aniline derivatives represents a new method to fabricate LEDs that produce natural color. PMID:27048887

  14. Fabrication, spectroscopy, and dynamics of highly luminescent core-shell InP@ZnSe quantum dots.

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    Kim, Mee Rahn; Chung, Jae Hun; Lee, Mihee; Lee, Seonghoon; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2010-10-01

    InP quantum dots of 3 nm in diameter have been prepared using a dehalosilylation reaction and passivated with ZnSe to enhance photoluminescence by 6.8 times. Core-shell InP@ZnSe quantum dots dispersed in n-hexane have then been investigated using time-resolved spectroscopy to understand their photoluminescence dynamics. The observed decay times of 0.1, 7, and 1100 ns have been attributed to the relaxation times of electrons in the conduction band, trap sites, and surface states. The surface-state luminescence of core-shell InP@ZnSe quantum dots having the maximum at 760 nm has been distinguished spectrally and dynamically from their band-edge emission having the maximum at 620 nm or from their trap-site emission having the maximum at 660 nm. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. One pot synthesis of highly luminescent polyethylene glycol anchored carbon dots functionalized with a nuclear localization signal peptide for cell nucleus imaging

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    Yang, Lei; Jiang, Weihua; Qiu, Lipeng; Jiang, Xuewei; Zuo, Daiying; Wang, Dongkai; Yang, Li

    2015-03-01

    Strong blue fluorescent polyethylene glycol (PEG) anchored carbon nitride dots (CDs@PEG) with a high quantum yield (QY) of 75.8% have been synthesized by a one step hydrothermal treatment. CDs with a diameter of ca. 6 nm are well dispersed in water and present a graphite-like structure. Photoluminescence (PL) studies reveal that CDs display excitation-dependent behavior and are stable under various test conditions. Based on the as-prepared CDs, we designed novel cell nucleus targeting imaging carbon dots functionalized with a nuclear localization signal (NLS) peptide. The favourable biocompatibilities of CDs and NLS modified CDs (NLS-CDs) are confirmed by in vitro cytotoxicity assays. Importantly, intracellular localization experiments in MCF7 and A549 cells demonstrate that NLS-CDs could be internalized in the nucleus and show blue light, which indicates that CDs may serve as cell nucleus imaging probes.Strong blue fluorescent polyethylene glycol (PEG) anchored carbon nitride dots (CDs@PEG) with a high quantum yield (QY) of 75.8% have been synthesized by a one step hydrothermal treatment. CDs with a diameter of ca. 6 nm are well dispersed in water and present a graphite-like structure. Photoluminescence (PL) studies reveal that CDs display excitation-dependent behavior and are stable under various test conditions. Based on the as-prepared CDs, we designed novel cell nucleus targeting imaging carbon dots functionalized with a nuclear localization signal (NLS) peptide. The favourable biocompatibilities of CDs and NLS modified CDs (NLS-CDs) are confirmed by in vitro cytotoxicity assays. Importantly, intracellular localization experiments in MCF7 and A549 cells demonstrate that NLS-CDs could be internalized in the nucleus and show blue light, which indicates that CDs may serve as cell nucleus imaging probes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The formulation of PEGylation CD optimization procedure, Table S1 and Fig. S1-S7. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01080

  16. Photoluminescence properties of graphene versus other carbon nanomaterials.

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    Cao, Li; Meziani, Mohammed J; Sahu, Sushant; Sun, Ya-Ping

    2013-01-15

    Photoluminescent nanomaterials continue to garner research attention because of their many applications. For many years, researchers have focused on quantum dots (QDs) of semiconductor nanocrystals for their excellent performance and predictable fluorescence color variations that depend on the sizes of the nanocrystals. Even with these advantages, QDs can present some major limitations, such as the use of heavy metals in the high-performance semiconductor QDs. Therefore, researchers continue to be interested in developing new QDs or related nanomaterials. Recently, various nanoscale configurations of carbon have emerged as potential new platforms in the development of brightly photoluminescent materials. As a perfect π-conjugated single sheet, graphene lacks electronic bandgaps and is not photoluminescent. Therefore, researchers have created energy bandgaps within graphene as a strategy to impart fluorescence emissions. Researchers have explored many experimental techniques to introduce bandgaps, such as cutting graphene sheets into small pieces or manipulating the π electronic network to form quantum-confined sp(2) "islands" in a graphene sheet, which apparently involve the formation or exploitation of structural defects. In fact, defects in graphene materials not only play a critical role in the creation of bandgaps for emissive electronic transitions, but also contribute directly to the bright photoluminescence emissions observed in these materials. Researchers have found similar defect-derived photoluminescence in carbon nanotubes and small carbon nanoparticles, dubbed carbon "quantum" dots or "carbon dots". However, they have not systematically examined the emissions properties of these different yet related carbon nanomaterials toward understanding their mechanistic origins. In this Account, we examine the spectroscopic features of the observed photoluminescence emissions in graphene materials. We associate the structural characteristics in the underlying

  17. A highly bioactive poly (amido amine)/70S30C bioactive glass hybrid with photoluminescent and antimicrobial properties for bone regeneration.

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    Akbari Dourbash, Fakhraddin; Alizadeh, Parvin; Nazari, Shahram; Farasat, Alireza

    2017-09-01

    The field of tissue engineering constantly calls for novel biomaterials that possess intrinsically multifunctional properties such as bioactivity, bioimaging ability and antibacterial properties. In this paper, poly (amido amine) generation 5/bioactive glass inorganic-organic hybrids have been developed through direct hybridization by 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) as coupling agent. Results indicated that the degree of covalent coupling by GPTMS and the weight percent of inorganic and organic constituents highly influence hybrids properties. It was found that nanoscale integration of inorganic and organic chains by GPTMS significantly endows hybrids with high thermal stability. Furthermore, hybrids exhibited photoluminescent ability (emission 400-600nm and 700nm) without incorporating of any organic dyes or quantum dots. In addition, hydrophilicity of our hybrids indicated good cell/material interaction. The biological apatite was formed on the surface of calcium containing hybrids when soaked in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 1week. Hybrids also showed linear biodegradation behavior in SBF that could be controlled by the degree of covalent crosslinking which was indicative of their stable biodegradation ability. High inherent antibacterial properties against Staphylococcus aureus was also observed from poly (amido amine)/silica hybrids. No adverse cytotoxicity for human gingival fibroblast cell lines (HGF) was detected after 4days. It is envisaged that our novel multifunctional hybrid system will confer intriguing potential in advancing the field of tissue engineering. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Enhanced conversion efficiency in Si solar cells employing photoluminescent down-shifting CdSe/CdS core/shell quantum dots.

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    Lopez-Delgado, R; Zhou, Y; Zazueta-Raynaud, A; Zhao, H; Pelayo, J E; Vomiero, A; Álvarez-Ramos, M E; Rosei, F; Ayon, A

    2017-10-26

    Silicon solar cells have captured a large portion of the total market of photovoltaic devices mostly due to their relatively high efficiency. However, Silicon exhibits limitations in ultraviolet absorption because high-energy photons are absorbed at the surface of the solar cell, in the heavily doped region, and the photo-generated electron-hole pairs need to diffuse into the junction region, resulting in significant carrier recombination. One of the alternatives to improve the absorption range involves the use of down-shifting nano-structures able to interact with the aforementioned high energy photons. Here, as a proof of concept, we use downshifting CdSe/CdS quantum dots to improve the performance of a silicon solar cell. The incorporation of these nanostructures triggered improvements in the short circuit current density (Jsc, from 32.5 to 37.0 mA/cm2). This improvement led to a ∼13% increase in the power conversion efficiency (PCE), from 12.0 to 13.5%. Our results demonstrate that the application of down-shifting materials is a viable strategy to improve the efficiency of Silicon solar cells with mass-compatible techniques that could serve to promote their widespread utilization.

  19. Origin of high photoluminescence efficiencies in CdSe quantum belts.

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    Liu, Yi-Hsin; Wayman, Virginia L; Gibbons, Patrick C; Loomis, Richard A; Buhro, William E

    2010-01-01

    CdSe quantum belts (QBs) having lengths of 0.5-1.5 microm and thicknesses of 1.5-2.0 nm exhibit high photoluminescence (PL) efficiencies of approximately 30%. Epifluorescence studies establish the PL spectra to be uniform along single QBs, and nearly the same from QB to QB. Photogenerated excitons are shown to be effectively delocalized over the entire QBs by position-selective excitation. Decoration of the QBs with gold nanoparticles indicates a low density of surface-trap sites, located primarily on the thin belt edges. The high PL efficiencies and effective exciton delocalization are attributed to the minimization of defective {1100} edge surface area or edge-top/bottom (face) line junctions in QBs relative to quantum wires having roughly isotropic cross sections, for which very low PL quantum efficiencies have been reported. The results suggest that trap sites can be minimized in pseudo-one-dimensional nanocrystals, such that the facile transport of energy and charge along their long axes becomes possible.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of Ag doped ZnS quantum dots for enhanced photocatalysis of Strychnine asa poison: Charge transfer behavior study by electrochemical impedance and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy.

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    Gupta, Vinod Kumar; Fakhri, Ali; Azad, Mona; Agarwal, Shilpi

    2018-01-15

    In this study, the photocatalytic degradation of Strychnine was investigated by ZnS quantum dots and doped with silver in UV systems. ZnS and Ag-ZnS quantum dots were synthesized by chemical method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, UV-vis spectra and photoluminescence. The charge transfer process on the semicon-ductor/electrolyte interface was investigated via electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and time-resolved photoluminescence. The average diameters of ZnS and Ag doped ZnS QDs were 3.0-5.0nm and 3.0-5.3nm, respectively. The band gap of ZnS and Ag-ZnS QDs was computed as 3.47 and 3.1eV, respectively. The surface area values of ZnS and Ag-ZnS QDs have been found as 78.25 and 89.54m2/g, respectively. The influences of key operating parameters such as initial pH, catalyst dosage, UV radiation intensity, reaction time as well as the effect of initial Strychnine concentration on mineralization extents were studied. The results of the study showed that the maximum removal efficiency of Strychnine had been achieved by un-doped and Ag-doped ZnS QDs at radiation intensity of 100W/m2, at time of 60min, pH of 3 and initial Strychnine concentration of 20mg/ml. Also the observations clearly showed that the photocatalysis process with Ag doped ZnS QDs are more effective than un-doped ZnS QDs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Photoluminescence and reflectivity studies of high energy light ions irradiated polymethyl methacrylate films

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    Bharti, Madhu Lata; Singh, Fouran; Ramola, R. C.; Joshi, Veena

    2017-11-01

    The self-standing films of non-conducting polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) were irradiated in vacuum using high energy light ions (HELIs) of 50 MeV Lithium (Li+3) and 80 MeV Carbon (C+5) at various ion dose to induce the optical changes in the films. Upon HELI irradiation, films exhibit a significant enhancement in optical reflectivity at the highest dose. Interestingly, the photoluminescence (PL) emission band with green light at (514.5 nm) shows a noticeable increase in the intensity with increasing ion dose for both ions. However, the rate of increase in PL intensity is different for both HELI and can be correlated with the linear energy transfer by these ions in the films. Origin of PL is attributed to the formation of carbon cluster and hydrogenated amorphous carbon in the polymer films. HAC clusters act as PL active centres with optical reflectivity. Most of the harmful radiation like UV are absorbed by the material and is becoming opaque after irradiation and this PL active material are useful in fabrication of optoelectronic devices, UV-filter, back-lit components in liquid crystal display systems, micro-components for integrate optical circuits, diffractive elements, advanced materials and are also applicable to the post irradiation laser treatment by means of ion irradiation.

  2. Photoluminescence of highly porous nanostructured Si-based thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation

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    Yang, D.-Q.; Ethier, V.; Sacher, E.; Meunier, M.

    2005-07-01

    Nanostructured, Si-based cottonlike, highly porous thin films of Si, SiNx, and SiOx were deposited by the excimer laser ablation of Si targets in He, He /N2, and He /O2 ambients, respectively. Photoluminescence (PL), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and photoacoustic Fourier transform IR have been used to characterize these deposits. After exposure to air, broad PL bands appear at 1.7eV (Si), 2.0eV (SiNx), and 2.3eV (SiOx); air oxidation causes the separation of the PL spectra into two identical component peaks, at 1.5 and 2.3eV, whose relative ratios differ with film composition. The present results indicate that the red PL peak at 1.5eV is due to the localized states at the oxidized surfaces of these materials, while the green PL peak at 2.3eV is due to oxygen-related defects in their local disordered nanostructures.

  3. Spontaneous emission of quantum dots in disordered photonic crystal waveguides

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    Sapienza, Luca; Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup; Stobbe, Søren

    2010-01-01

    We report on the enhancement of the spontaneous emission rate of single semiconductor quantum dots embedded in a photonic crystal waveguide with engineered disorder. Random high-Q cavities, that are signature of Anderson localization, are measured in photoluminescence experiments and appear...

  4. Ultrafast spectroscopy of quantum dots

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    Foo, E

    2001-01-01

    exchange-correlation interactions among the confined carriers inside the dots are suggested to be responsible. A density functional calculation for BGR of the ground state transition shows good agreement with our experimental results, especially in the high dot occupancy regime. Many-particle state scattering gives rise to large homogeneous spectral broadening of the PL peaks, from which an intradot relaxation time approx 300 fs is estimated. This observation supports the results obtained by direct excitation of carriers within the QDs. Femtosecond time-resolved photoluminescence measured by frequency up-conversion has been used to investigate carrier dynamics in InAs/GaAs self-assembled quantum dots (QDs). Our results reveal ultrafast carrier relaxation and sequential state filling. Carrier relaxation is proposed to occur by Auger-type processes, and the sequential state filling suggests that intradot relaxation is much faster than carrier capture from the InAs wetting layer. Measurements obtained by direct ...

  5. Highly luminescent metal-organic frameworks through quantum dot doping.

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    Buso, Dario; Jasieniak, Jacek; Lay, Matthew D H; Schiavuta, Piero; Scopece, Paolo; Laird, Jamie; Amenitsch, Heinz; Hill, Anita J; Falcaro, Paolo

    2012-01-09

    The incorporation of highly luminescent core-shell quantum dots (QDs) within a metal-organic framework (MOF) is achieved through a one-pot method. Through appropriate surface functionalization, the QDs are solubilized within MOF-5 growth media. This permits the incorporation of the QDs within the evolving framework during the reaction. The resulting QD@MOF-5 composites are characterized using X-ray fluorescence, cross-sectional confocal microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering. The synergistic combination of luminescent QDs and the controlled porosity of MOF-5 in the QD@MOF-5 composites is harnessed within a prototype molecular sensor that can discriminate on the basis of molecular size. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Fe(III)-functionalized carbon dots—Highly efficient photoluminescence redox catalyst for hydrogenations of olefins and decomposition of hydrogen peroxide

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    Bourlinos, Athanasios B.

    2017-03-21

    We present the first bottom-up approach to synthesize Fe(III)-functionalized carbon dots (CDs) from molecular precursors without the need of conventional thermal or microwave treatment and additional reagents. Specifically, sonication of xylene in the presence of anhydrous FeCl3 results in oxidative coupling of the aromatic substrate towards Fe(III)-functionalized CDs. The as-prepared CDs are spherical in shape with a size of 3–8 nm, highly dispersible in organic solvents and display wavelength-dependent photoluminescence (PL). The iron ions attached to the surface endow the CDs with superior catalytic activity for olefin hydrogenation with excellent conversion and selectivity (up to 100%). The Fe(III)-CDs are more effective in the hydrogenation of a series of electron donating or withdrawing olefin substrates compared to conventional homogeneous or heterogeneous Fe(III)-based catalysts. The as-prepared heterogeneous nanocatalyst can be used repeatedly without any loss of catalytic activity. Importantly, the stability of the new catalysts can be easily monitored by PL intensity or quantum yield measurements, which certainly opens the doors for real time monitoring in a range of applications. Additionally, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time, the oxidative property of Fe-CDs was also explored in decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in water with the first order rate constant of 0.7 × 10−2 min−1, proving the versatile catalytic properties of such hybrid systems.

  7. Highly Controlled Synthesis and Super-Radiant Photoluminescence of Plasmonic Cube-in-Cube Nanoparticles.

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    Park, Jeong-Eun; Kim, Sungi; Son, Jiwoong; Lee, Yeonhee; Nam, Jwa-Min

    2016-12-14

    The plasmonic properties of metal nanostructures have been heavily utilized for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF), but the direct photoluminescence (PL) from plasmonic metal nanostructures, especially with plasmonic coupling, has not been widely used as much as SERS and MEF due to the lack of understanding of the PL mechanism, relatively weak signals, and the poor availability of the synthetic methods for the nanostructures with strong PL signals. The direct PL from metal nanostructures is beneficial if these issues can be addressed because it does not exhibit photoblinking or photobleaching, does not require dye-labeling, and can be employed as a highly reliable optical signal that directly depends on nanostructure morphology. Herein, we designed and synthesized plasmonic cube-in-cube (CiC) nanoparticles (NPs) with a controllable interior nanogap in a high yield from Au nanocubes (AuNCs). In synthesizing the CiC NPs, we developed a galvanic void formation (GVF) process, composed of replacement/reduction and void formation steps. We unraveled the super-radiant character of the plasmonic coupling-induced plasmon mode which can result in highly enhanced PL intensity and long-lasting PL, and the PL mechanisms of these structures were analyzed and matched with the plasmon hybridization model. Importantly, the PL intensity and quantum yield (QY) of CiC NPs are 31 times and 16 times higher than those of AuNCs, respectively, which have shown the highest PL intensity and QY reported for metallic nanostructures. Finally, we confirmed the long-term photostability of the PL signal, and the signal remained stable for at least 1 h under continuous illumination.

  8. Highly luminescent water-soluble quaternary Zn–Ag–In–S quantum dots and their unique precursor S/In ratio-dependent spectral shifts

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    Deng, Dawei, E-mail: david597300@163.com [Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Life Science and Technology, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 210009 (China); Qu, Lingzhi [Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Life Science and Technology, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 210009 (China); Cheng, Zhiqiang [College of Resources and Environment, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun 130118 (China); Achilefu, Samuel, E-mail: achilefus@mir.wustl.edu [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63110 (United States); Gu, Yueqing, E-mail: guyueqingsubmission@hotmail.com [Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Life Science and Technology, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 210009 (China)

    2014-02-15

    Quaternary I–II–III–VI semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) containing less toxic elements are receiving increasing attention because of their promising applications in solar cells, light-emitting diode (LED), and biological labeling. Despite its advantages, the quaternary system is more complex than the binary and ternary analogues. This is reflected in the difficulty to control the size, size distribution, elemental composition, and optical properties of quaternary I–II–III–VI QDs, especially in aqueous medium. In this work, we have synthesized new aqueous quaternary Zn–Ag–In–S (ZAIS) QDs with tunable photoluminescence (PL) for the first time, giving the highest PL quantum yield (QY) of 30%, which is close to those of the conventional well-developed aqueous II–VI QDs. Most importantly, three unique spectral shifts depending on precursor S/In ratio were observed in this quaternary system. The spectral were characterized by diverse analytical methods to systematically establish distinct features of the quaternary nanomaterials. The results demonstrate the potential utility of this new water-soluble system in fundamental and applied researches with quaternary QDs. -- Highlights: • The synthesis of water-soluble quaternary Zn–Ag–In–S quantum dots. • The high photoluminescence quantum yield, 30%. • The three unique precursor S/In ratio-dependent spectral shifts.

  9. High-density excitation effect on photoluminescence in ZnO nanoparticles

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    Suzuki, Keigo; Inoguchi, Masashi; Fujita, Koji; Murai, Shunsuke; Tanaka, Katsuhisa; Tanaka, Nobuhiko; Ando, Akira; Takagi, Hiroshi

    2010-06-01

    In this study, photoluminescence (PL) under high excitation intensity as a function of crystalline size was systematically investigated through ZnO nanocrystalline films prepared by spin-coating a colloidal solution of ZnO nanoparticles obtained using the microemulsion method. Annealing of the films at 723, 633, and 593 K allowed us to tune the crystalline radius R. PL studies distinguished different regimes of crystalline size according to the ratio of R to the effective Bohr radius aB(R /aB). For the sample annealed at 723 K (R /aB=7.2), the peak of stimulated emission due to the exciton-exciton collisions appeared on the low-energy side of the exciton emission with an increase in excitation intensity. A further increase in excitation intensity eventually resulted in the occurrence of an electron-hole plasma (EHP) accompanied by consequent band gap renormalization, which indicates that high excitation intensity provokes the dissociation of excitons. For the sample annealed at 633 K (R /aB=4.7), the stimulated emission was observed while the transition to EHP was obscure. For the sample annealed at 593 K (R /aB=2.1), only emissions due to the recombination of the electron-hole pair were observed, and stimulated emission did not appear even when the excitation intensity was increased. The transition from free-exciton emission to donor-bound exciton emission was observed in temperature dependence of PL only for the sample with R /aB=7.2. The origin of annihilation of the stimulated emission with a size reduction is discussed based on nonradiative Auger recombination.

  10. High Photoluminescence Quantum Yields in Organic Semiconductor-Perovskite Composite Thin Films.

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    Longo, Giulia; La-Placa, Maria-Grazia; Sessolo, Michele; Bolink, Henk J

    2017-10-09

    One of the obstacles towards efficient radiative recombination in hybrid perovskites is a low exciton binding energy, typically in the orders of tens of meV. It has been shown that the use of electron-donor additives can lead to a substantial reduction of the non-radiative recombination in perovskite films. Herein, the approach using small molecules with semiconducting properties, which are candidates to be implemented in future optoelectronic devices, is presented. In particular, highly luminescent perovskite-organic semiconductor composite thin films have been developed, which can be processed from solution in a simple coating step. By tuning the relative concentration of methylammonium lead bromide (MAPbBr3 ) and 9,9spirobifluoren-2-yl-diphenyl-phosphine oxide (SPPO1), it is possible to achieve photoluminescent quantum yields (PLQYs) as high as 85 %. This is attributed to the dual functions of SPPO1 that limit the grain growth while passivating the perovskite surface. The electroluminescence of these materials was investigated by fabricating multilayer LEDs, where charge injection and transport was found to be severely hindered for the perovskite/SPPO1 material. This was alleviated by partially substituting SPPO1 with a hole-transporting material, 1,3-bis(N-carbazolyl)benzene (mCP), leading to bright electroluminescence. The potential of combining perovskite and organic semiconductors to prepare materials with improved properties opens new avenues for the preparation of simple lightemitting devices using perovskites as the emitter. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. A highly efficient single-photon source based on a quantum dot in a photonic nanowire

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    Claudon, Julien; Bleuse, Joel; Malik, Nitin Singh

    2010-01-01

    –4 or a semiconductor quantum dot5–7. Achieving a high extraction efficiency has long been recognized as a major issue, and both classical solutions8 and cavity quantum electrodynamics effects have been applied1,9–12. We adopt a different approach, based on an InAs quantum dot embedded in a GaAs photonic nanowire...

  12. Optical and electrochemical applications of silicon-carbon dots/silicon dioxide nanocomposites.

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    Shih, Chung-Chien; Chen, Po-Cheng; Lin, Guan-Lin; Wang, Chia-Wei; Chang, Huan-Tsung

    2015-01-27

    Various colors of photoluminescent SiC-dots/SiO2 prepared through a simple heating process have been employed for optical and electrochemical applications. Blue (B)-, green (G)-, and tan (T)-SiC-dots/SiO2 powders have been prepared from SiC-dots that had been prepared from 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane through a hydrothermal route by simply controlling heating at 60 °C for 60 min and 300 °C for 10 and 20 min, respectively. The B-, G-, and T-SiC-dots/SiO2 nanocomposites emit at 455, 534, and 574 nm, respectively, under excitation at 360 nm. B-, G-, and T-SiC-dots/SiO2 glass films show at least seven colors when excited at 360, 460, and 520 nm. Through a heat-induced photoluminescence (PL) change, a representative lithographic pattern of B-SiC-dots/SiO2 films has been fabricated using a near-infrared laser. The B-, G-, and T-SiC-dots/SiO2 also possess high electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction. Having such interesting PL and electrical properties, the stable, low-toxic, and cost-effective B-, G-, and T-SiC-dots/SiO2 nanocomposites show great economic potential in many applications such as light-emitting diodes, photoluminescent windows, and fuel cells.

  13. High pressure effects on the photoluminescence intensity of sexithiophene single crystals

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    Loi, M.A.; Bongiovanni, G.; Mura, A.; Cai, Q.; Martin, C.; Chandrasekhar, H.R.; Chandrasekhar, M.; Graupner, W.; Garnier, F.

    2001-01-01

    We report on the influence of interchain interactions on the light emission properties of a sexithiophene single crystal. The strength of the intermolecular interactions is controlled by applying hydrostatic pressure. The combined use of both steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence

  14. Photoluminescent reduced graphene oxide quantum dots from latex of Calotropis gigantea for metal sensing, radical scavenging, cytotoxicity, and bioimaging in Artemia salina: A greener route.

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    Murugesan, Balaji; Sonamuthu, Jegatheeswaran; Pandiyan, Nithya; Pandi, Boomi; Samayanan, Selvam; Mahalingam, Sundrarajan

    2018-01-01

    In this work, we report the fabrication of green fluorescent reduced graphene oxide quantum dots (rGOQDs) from the latex of Calotropis gigantea by simple one-step microwave assisted greener route. The latex of Calotropis gigantea calcined at 300°C and its ethanolic extract is used for the synthesis of QDs, The rGOQDs showed particle size ranging from 2 to 8nm and it exhibited green fluorescent in longer UV region at 360-520nm. The rGOQDs graphitic nature was confirmed by RAMAN and XRD analysis. The FTIR, XPS demonstrate that presence of functional groups such as CO, COC, -OH, hence it's addressing them as rGOQDs. It is used to design the greener and economically adopted fluorescent probe for the detection of Pb2+ ions. It provides simple and appropriate for the selective and sensitive detection of Pb2+ ions in water purification process. It also trapped the free radicals and neutralized that and act as an excellent radical scavenger in DPPH radical scavenging assessment. These rGOQDs showed excellent biocompatibility on brine shrimp nauplii (Artemia salina) up to 160μg/mL for 24h incubation. Furthermore, rGOQDS were demonstrated as fluorescent bioimaging probe selectively in the inner digestion part of Artemia salina. In summary, stable, economically viable, highly biocompatible, greener method based rGOQDs were prepared for heavy metal ion detecting, radical scavenging, bioimaging applications which can play a vital role in the future nanotechnology-based biomedical field. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  15. Chemical sensitivity of InP/In0.48Ga0.52P surface quantum dots studied by time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    De Angelis, R.; Casalboni, M.; De Matteis, F.; Hatami, F.; Masselink, W.T.; Zhang, H.; Prosposito, P.

    2015-01-01

    InP/InGaP surface quantum dots represent an attractive material for optical chemical sensors since they show a remarkable near infra-red emission at room temperature, whose intensity increases rapidly and reversibly depending on the composition of the environmental atmosphere. We show here their

  16. High density InAlAs/GaAlAs quantum dots for non-linear optics in microcavities

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    Kuszelewicz, R.; Benoit, J.-M.; Barbay, S.; Lemaitre, A.; Patriarche, G.; Meunier, K. [Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures, Route de Nozay, Marcoussis 91460 (France); Tierno, A.; Ackemann, T. [University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom)

    2012-02-15

    Structural and optical properties of InAlAs/GaAlAs quantum dots grown by molecular beam epitaxy are studied using transmission electron microscopy and temperature- and time-resolved photoluminescence. The control of the recombination lifetime (50 ps-1.25 ns) and of the dot density (5.10{sup -8}-2.10{sup 11} cm{sup -3}) strongly suggest that these material systems can find wide applications in opto-electronic devices as focusing non-linear dispersive materials as well as fast saturable absorbers.

  17. Polymers in Carbon Dots: A Review

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    Yiqun Zhou

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Carbon dots (CDs have been widely studied since their discovery in 2004 as a green substitute of the traditional quantum dots due to their excellent photoluminescence (PL and high biocompatibility. Meanwhile, polymers have increasingly become an important component for both synthesis and modification of CDs to provide polymeric matrix and enhance their PL property. Furthermore, critical analysis of composites of CDs and polymers has not been available. Herein, in this review, we summarized the use of polymers in the synthesis and functionalization of CDs, and the applications of these CDs in various fields.

  18. High quantum yield graphene quantum dots decorated TiO{sub 2} nanotubes for enhancing photocatalytic activity

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    Qu, Ailan, E-mail: qal67@163.com; Xie, Haolong; Xu, Xinmei; Zhang, Yangyu; Wen, Shengwu; Cui, Yifan

    2016-07-01

    Highlights: • High concentration yellow GQDs and TiO{sub 2} nanotubes were achieved by a simple and green method. • High quantum yield GQDs enhanced the photodegradation capacity of TiO{sub 2} nanotube. • The catalytic performance of GQDs/TiO{sub 2} depends on the GQDs loading. • The improved photocatalytic activity of GQDs/TiO{sub 2} was attributed to three aspects. - Abstract: Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with high quantum yield (about 23.6% at an excitation wavelength of 320 nm) and GQDs/TiO{sub 2} nanotubes (GQDs/TiO{sub 2} NTs) composites were achieved by a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature. Photoluminescence characterization showed that the GQDs exhibited the down-conversion PL features at excitation from 300 to 420 nm and up-conversion photoluminescence in the range of 600–800 nm. The photocatalytic activity of prepared GQDs/TiO{sub 2} NTs composites on the degradation of methyl orange (MO) was significantly enhanced compared with that of pure TiO{sub 2} nanotubes (TiO{sub 2} NTs). For the composites coupling with 1.5%, 2.5% and 3.5% GQDs, the degradation of MO after 20 min irradiation under UV–vis light irradiation (λ = 380–780 nm) were 80.52%, 94.64% and 51.91%, respectively, which are much higher than that of pure TiO{sub 2} NTs (35.41%). It was inferred from the results of characterization that the improved photocatalytic activity of the GQDs/TiO{sub 2} NTs composites was attributed to the synergetic effect of up-conversion properties of the GQDs, enhanced visible light absorption and efficient separation of photogenerated electron-holes of the GQDs/TiO{sub 2} composite.

  19. Inter-dot strain field effect on the optoelectronic properties of realistic InP lateral quantum-dot molecules

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    Barettin, Daniele, E-mail: Daniele.Barettin@uniroma2.it; Auf der Maur, Matthias [Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata,” Via del Politecnico 1, 00133, Rome (Italy); De Angelis, Roberta; Prosposito, Paolo; Casalboni, Mauro [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1 00133 Rome, Italy and INSTM, Unitá di ricerca dell' Universitá di Roma “Tor Vergata,” Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133, Rome (Italy); Pecchia, Alessandro [CNR-ISMN, via Salaria Km. 29.300, 00017 Monterotondo, Rome (Italy)

    2015-03-07

    We report on numerical simulations of InP surface lateral quantum-dot molecules on In{sub 0.48}Ga{sub 0.52 }P buffer, using a model strictly derived by experimental results by extrapolation of the molecules shape from atomic force microscopy images. Our study has been inspired by the comparison of a photoluminescence spectrum of a high-density InP surface quantum dot sample with a numerical ensemble average given by a weighted sum of simulated single quantum-dot spectra. A lack of experimental optical response from the smaller dots of the sample is found to be due to strong inter-dot strain fields, which influence the optoelectronic properties of lateral quantum-dot molecules. Continuum electromechanical, k{sup →}·p{sup →} bandstructure, and optical calculations are presented for two different molecules, the first composed of two dots of nearly identical dimensions (homonuclear), the second of two dots with rather different sizes (heteronuclear). We show that in the homonuclear molecule the hydrostatic strain raises a potential barrier for the electrons in the connection zone between the dots, while conversely the holes do not experience any barrier, which considerably increases the coupling. Results for the heteronuclear molecule show instead that its dots do not appear as two separate and distinguishable structures, but as a single large dot, and no optical emission is observed in the range of higher energies where the smaller dot is supposed to emit. We believe that in samples of such a high density the smaller dots result as practically incorporated into bigger molecular structures, an effect strongly enforced by the inter-dot strain fields, and consequently it is not possible to experimentally obtain a separate optical emission from the smaller dots.

  20. High spatial dynamics-photoluminescence imaging reveals the metallurgy of the earliest lost-wax cast object

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    Thoury, M.; Mille, B.; Séverin-Fabiani, T.; Robbiola, L.; Réfrégiers, M.; Jarrige, J.-F.; Bertrand, L.

    2016-11-01

    Photoluminescence spectroscopy is a key method to monitor defects in semiconductors from nanophotonics to solar cell systems. Paradoxically, its great sensitivity to small variations of local environment becomes a handicap for heterogeneous systems, such as are encountered in environmental, medical, ancient materials sciences and engineering. Here we demonstrate that a novel full-field photoluminescence imaging approach allows accessing the spatial distribution of crystal defect fluctuations at the crystallite level across centimetre-wide fields of view. This capacity is illustrated in archaeology and material sciences. The coexistence of two hitherto indistinguishable non-stoichiometric cuprous oxide phases is revealed in a 6,000-year-old amulet from Mehrgarh (Baluchistan, Pakistan), identified as the oldest known artefact made by lost-wax casting and providing a better understanding of this fundamental invention. Low-concentration crystal defect fluctuations are readily mapped within ZnO nanowires. High spatial dynamics-photoluminescence imaging holds great promise for the characterization of bulk heterogeneous systems across multiple disciplines.

  1. High spatial dynamics-photoluminescence imaging reveals the metallurgy of the earliest lost-wax cast object.

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    Thoury, M; Mille, B; Séverin-Fabiani, T; Robbiola, L; Réfrégiers, M; Jarrige, J-F; Bertrand, L

    2016-11-15

    Photoluminescence spectroscopy is a key method to monitor defects in semiconductors from nanophotonics to solar cell systems. Paradoxically, its great sensitivity to small variations of local environment becomes a handicap for heterogeneous systems, such as are encountered in environmental, medical, ancient materials sciences and engineering. Here we demonstrate that a novel full-field photoluminescence imaging approach allows accessing the spatial distribution of crystal defect fluctuations at the crystallite level across centimetre-wide fields of view. This capacity is illustrated in archaeology and material sciences. The coexistence of two hitherto indistinguishable non-stoichiometric cuprous oxide phases is revealed in a 6,000-year-old amulet from Mehrgarh (Baluchistan, Pakistan), identified as the oldest known artefact made by lost-wax casting and providing a better understanding of this fundamental invention. Low-concentration crystal defect fluctuations are readily mapped within ZnO nanowires. High spatial dynamics-photoluminescence imaging holds great promise for the characterization of bulk heterogeneous systems across multiple disciplines.

  2. Theoretical analysis of quantum dot amplifiers with high saturation power and low noise figure

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    Berg, Tommy Winther; Mørk, Jesper

    2002-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum dot amplifiers are predicted to exhibit superior characteristics such as high gain, and output power and low noise. The analysis provides criteria and design guidelines for the realization of high quality amplifiers.......Semiconductor quantum dot amplifiers are predicted to exhibit superior characteristics such as high gain, and output power and low noise. The analysis provides criteria and design guidelines for the realization of high quality amplifiers....

  3. Submonolayer Quantum Dots for High Speed Surface Emitting Lasers

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    Zakharov ND

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractWe report on progress in growth and applications of submonolayer (SML quantum dots (QDs in high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs. SML deposition enables controlled formation of high density QD arrays with good size and shape uniformity. Further increase in excitonic absorption and gain is possible with vertical stacking of SML QDs using ultrathin spacer layers. Vertically correlated, tilted or anticorrelated arrangements of the SML islands are realized and allow QD strain and wavefunction engineering. Respectively, both TE and TM polarizations of the luminescence can be achieved in the edge-emission using the same constituting materials. SML QDs provide ultrahigh modal gain, reduced temperature depletion and gain saturation effects when used in active media in laser diodes. Temperature robustness up to 100 °C for 0.98 μm range vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs is realized in the continuous wave regime. An open eye 20 Gb/s operation with bit error rates better than 10−12has been achieved in a temperature range 25–85 °Cwithout current adjustment. Relaxation oscillations up to ∼30 GHz have been realized indicating feasibility of 40 Gb/s signal transmission.

  4. Highly Efficient Inverted Structural Quantum Dot Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Ruili; Wu, Xun; Xu, Kaimin; Zhou, Wenjia; Shang, Yuequn; Tang, Haoying; Chen, Hao; Ning, Zhijun

    2018-01-08

    Highly efficient PbS colloidal quantum dot (QD) solar cells based on an inverted structure have been missing for a long time. The bottlenecks are the construction of an effective p-n heterojunction at the illumination side with smooth band alignment and the absence of serious interface carrier recombination. Here, solution-processed nickel oxide (NiO) as the p-type layer and lead sulfide (PbS) QDs with iodide ligand as the n-type layer are explored to build a p-n heterojunction at the illumination side. The large depletion region in the QD layer at the illumination side leads to high photocurrent. Interface carrier recombination at the interface is effectively prohibited by inserting a layer of slightly doped p-type QDs with 1,2-ethanedithiol as ligands, leading to improved voltage of the device. Based on this graded device structure design, the efficiency of inverted structural heterojunction PbS QD solar cells is improved to 9.7%, one time higher than the highest efficiency achieved before. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Highly sensitive detection of ionizing radiations by a photoluminescent uranyl organic framework

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    Xie, Jian; Wang, Yaxing; Liu, Wei; Yin, Xuemiao; Chen, Lanhua; Diwu, Juan; Chai, Zhifang; Wang, Shuao [School for Radiological and interdisciplinary Sciences (RAD-X) and Collaborative Innovation Center of Radiation Medicine of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, Soochow University, Suzhou (China); Zou, Youming [High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui (China); Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (United States); Liu, Guokui [Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL (United States)

    2017-06-19

    Precise detection of low-dose X- and γ-radiations remains a challenge and is particularly important for studying biological effects under low-dose ionizing radiation, safety control in medical radiation treatment, survey of environmental radiation background, and monitoring cosmic radiations. We report here a photoluminescent uranium organic framework, whose photoluminescence intensity can be accurately correlated with the exposure dose of X- or γ-radiations. This allows for precise and instant detection of ionizing radiations down to the level of 10{sup -4} Gy, representing a significant improvement on the detection limit of approximately two orders of magnitude, compared to other chemical dosimeters reported up to now. The electron paramagnetic resonance analysis suggests that with the exposure to radiations, the carbonyl double bonds break affording oxo-radicals that can be stabilized within the conjugated uranium oxalate-carboxylate sheet. This gives rise to a substantially enhanced equatorial bonding of the uranyl(VI) ions as elucidated by the single-crystal structure of the γ-ray irradiated material, and subsequently leads to a very effective photoluminescence quenching through phonon-assisted relaxation. The quenched sample can be easily recovered by heating, enabling recycled detection for multiple runs. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. High-Efficiency Perovskite Quantum-Dot Light-Emitting Devices by Effective Washing Process and Interfacial Energy Level Alignment.

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    Chiba, Takayuki; Hoshi, Keigo; Pu, Yong-Jin; Takeda, Yuya; Hayashi, Yukihiro; Ohisa, Satoru; Kawata, So; Kido, Junji

    2017-05-31

    All inorganic perovskites quantum dots (PeQDs) have attracted much attention for used in thin film display applications and solid-state lighting applications, owing to their narrow band emission with high photoluminescence quantum yields (PLQYs), color tunability, and solution processability. Here, we fabricated low-driving-voltage and high-efficiency CsPbBr3 PeQDs light-emitting devices (PeQD-LEDs) using a PeQDs washing process with an ester solvent containing butyl acetate (AcOBu) to remove excess ligands from the PeQDs. The CsPbBr3 PeQDs film washed with AcOBu exhibited a PLQY of 42%, and a narrow PL emission with a full width at half-maximum of 19 nm. We also demonstrated energy level alignment of the PeQD-LED in order to achieve effective hole injection into PeQDs from the adjacent hole injection layer. The PeQD-LED with AcOBu-washed PeQDs exhibited a maximum power efficiency of 31.7 lm W-1 and EQE of 8.73%. Control of the interfacial PeQDs through ligand removal and energy level alignment in the device structure are promising methods for obtaining high PLQYs in film state and high device efficiency.

  7. Atomically precise, coupled quantum dots fabricated by cleaved edge overgrowth

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    Wegscheider, W.; Schedelbeck, G.; Bichler, M.; Abstreiter, G.

    Recent progress in the fabrication of quantum dots by molecular beam epitaxy along three directions in space is reviewed. The optical properties of different sample structures consisting of individual quantum dots, pairs of coupled dots as well as of linear arrays of dots are studied by microscopic photoluminescence spectroscopy. The high degree of control over shape, composition and position of the 7×7×7 nm3 size GaAs quantum dots, which form at the intesection of three orthogonal quantum wells, allows a detailed investigation of the influence of coupling between almost identical zero-dimensional objects. In contrast to the inhomogeneously broadened quantum well and quantum wire signals originating from the complex twofold cleaved edge overgrowth structure, the photoluminescence spetrum of an individual quantum dot exhibits a single sharp line (full width at half maximum denomination "artificial atoms" for the quantum dots. It is further demonstrated that an "artifical molecule", characterized by the existence of bonding and antibonding states can be assembled from two of such "artificial atoms". The coupling strength between the "artificial atoms" is adjusted by the "interatomic" distance and is reflected in the energetic separation of the bonding and antibonding levels and the linewidths of the corresponding interband transitions.

  8. High Efficiency Quantum Dot III-V Multijunction Solar Cell for Space Power Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We are proposing to utilize quantum dots to develop a super high-efficiency multijunction III-V solar cell for space. In metamorphic triple junction space solar...

  9. Photoinduced spectral changes of photoluminescent gold nanoclusters

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    Matulionytė, Marija; Marcinonytė, Raminta; Rotomskis, Ričardas

    2015-05-01

    Ultrasmall photoluminescent gold nanoclusters (Au NCs), composed of several atoms with sizes up to a few nanometers, have recently stimulated extensive interest. Unique molecule-like behaviors, low toxicity, and facile synthesis make photoluminescent Au NCs a very promising alternative to organic fluorophores and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in broad ranges of biomedical applications. However, using gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) for bioimaging might cause their degradation under continuous excitation with UV light, which might result in toxicity. We report spectral changes of photoluminescent 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES)-coated (Au-MES) NCs under irradiation with UV/blue light. Photoluminescent water soluble Au-MES NCs with a photoluminescence (PL) band maximum at 476 nm (λex=420 nm) were synthesized. Under irradiation with 402 nm wavelength light the size of photoluminescent Au-MES NCs decreased (λem=430 nm). Irradiating the sample solution with 330 nm wavelength light, nonluminescent Au NPs were disrupted, and photoluminescent Au NCs (λem=476 nm) were formed. Irradiation with 330 nm wavelength light did not directly affect photoluminescent Au-MES NCs, however, increase in PL intensity indicated the formation of photoluminescent Au NCs from the disrupted nonluminescent Au NPs. This study gives a good insight into the photostability of MES-coated Au NPs under continuous excitation with UV/blue light.

  10. Aqueous synthesis of highly luminescent AgInS2-ZnS quantum dots and their biological applications

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    Regulacio, Michelle D.; Win, Khin Yin; Lo, Seong Loong; Zhang, Shuang-Yuan; Zhang, Xinhai; Wang, Shu; Han, Ming-Yong; Zheng, Yuangang

    2013-02-01

    Highly emissive and air-stable AgInS2-ZnS quantum dots (ZAIS QDs) with quantum yields of up to 20% have been successfully synthesized directly in aqueous media in the presence of polyacrylic acid (PAA) and mercaptoacetic acid (MAA) as stabilizing and reactivity-controlling agents. The as-prepared water-dispersible ZAIS QDs are around 3 nm in size, possess the tetragonal chalcopyrite crystal structure, and exhibit long fluorescence lifetimes (>100 ns). In addition, these ZAIS QDs are found to exhibit excellent optical and colloidal stability in physiologically relevant pH values as well as very low cytotoxicity, which render them particularly suitable for biological applications. Their potential use in biological labelling of baculoviral vectors is demonstrated.Highly emissive and air-stable AgInS2-ZnS quantum dots (ZAIS QDs) with quantum yields of up to 20% have been successfully synthesized directly in aqueous media in the presence of polyacrylic acid (PAA) and mercaptoacetic acid (MAA) as stabilizing and reactivity-controlling agents. The as-prepared water-dispersible ZAIS QDs are around 3 nm in size, possess the tetragonal chalcopyrite crystal structure, and exhibit long fluorescence lifetimes (>100 ns). In addition, these ZAIS QDs are found to exhibit excellent optical and colloidal stability in physiologically relevant pH values as well as very low cytotoxicity, which render them particularly suitable for biological applications. Their potential use in biological labelling of baculoviral vectors is demonstrated. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Quantum yields, EDX spectrum and photoluminescence decay curves. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34159c

  11. Hydrothermal synthesis of highly luminescent blue-emitting ZnSe(S) quantum dots exhibiting low toxicity

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    Mirnajafizadeh, Fatemeh; Ramsey, Deborah; McAlpine, Shelli [School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Wang, Fan; Reece, Peter [School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Stride, John Arron, E-mail: j.stride@unsw.edu.au [School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, PMB 1, Menai, NSW 2234 (Australia)

    2016-07-01

    Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) that emit in the visible spectrum are of interest to a number of imaging technologies, not least that of biological samples. One issue that hinders the application of luminescent markers in biology is the potential toxicity of the fluorophore. Here we show that hydrothermally synthesized ZnSe(S) QDs have low cytotoxicity to both human colorectal carcinoma cells (HCT-116) and human skin fibroblast cells (WS1). The QDs exhibited a high degree of crystallinity, with a strong blue photoluminescence at up to 29% quantum yield relative to 4′,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) without post-synthetic UV-irradiation. Confocal microscopy images obtained of HCT-116 cells after incubation with the QDs highlighted the stability of the particles in cell media. Cytotoxicity studies showed that both HCT-116 and WS1 cells retain 100% viability after treatment with the QDs at concentrations up to 0.5 g/L, which makes them of potential use in biological imaging applications. - Highlights: • Highly luminescent ZnSe(S) QDs were synthesized using a simple, one-step hydrothermal method. • The as-synthesized QDs were found to be nontoxic in the presence of biological cells. • The QDs were stable in biological media with identical emission profile to that in water.

  12. Chlorine-functionalized carbon dots for highly efficient photodegradation of pollutants under visible-light irradiation

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    Hu, Shengliang, E-mail: hsliang@yeah.net [School of Material Science and Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Ding, Yanli [School of Material Science and Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Chang, Qing, E-mail: changneu@gmail.com [School of Material Science and Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Yang, Jinlong [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Lin, Kui, E-mail: linkui@tju.edu.cn [Analytical Instrumentation Center, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Chlorine-functionalized carbon dots (Cl-CDs) were synthesized through the substitution reaction. Cl-CDs show highly photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation, and can quickly degrade phthalocyanine with the thermal and chemical stability. This work suggests that surface engineering of carbon dots with heteroatoms can be used to enhance their photochemical properties. - Highlights: • Chlorine-functionalized carbon dots (Cl-CDs) were synthesized by substitution reaction. • Cl-CDs show highly photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. • The thermally and chemically stable phthalocyanine is even photodegraded by Cl-CDs. - Abstract: Chlorine-functionalized carbon dots (Cl-CDs) were prepared by the substitution reaction between Cl radicals into thionyl chloride molecules and carbon dots with containing OH/COOH groups at their surface (O-CDs). The obtained Cl-CDs with a size of 2–5 nm contain 2–3% Cl atoms and emit blue light. Compared with amine-functionalzed carbon dots (N-CDs) and O-CDs, Cl-CDs exhibit much higher photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. The thermally and chemically stable phthalocyanine can be even degraded quickly through Cl-CDs. This work suggests that surface engineering of carbon dots with heteroatoms can be used to enhance their photochemical properties.

  13. Large-scale synthesis of high quality InP quantum dots in a continuous flow-reactor under supercritical conditions.

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    Ippen, Christian; Schneider, Benjamin; Pries, Christopher; Kröpke, Stefan; Greco, Tonino; Holländer, Andreas

    2015-02-27

    The synthesis of indium phosphide quantum dots (QDs) in toluene under supercritical conditions was carried out in a macroscopic continuous flow reaction system. The results of first experiments are reported in comparison with analogous reactions in octadecene. The reaction system is described and details are provided about special procedures that are enabled by the continuous flow system for the screening of reaction conditions. The produced QDs show very narrow emission peaks with full width at half maximum down to 45 nm and reasonable photoluminescence quantum yields. The subsequent purification process is facilitated by the ease of removal of toluene, and the productivity of the system is increased by high temperature and high pressure conditions.

  14. Magnetization Process of High Anisotropy CoPt Nanosized Dots

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    Kikuchi, Nobuaki; Murillo Vallejo, R.; Lodder, J.C.; Mitsuzuka, K.; Shimatsu, T.; Shimatsu, T.

    2005-01-01

    Dot arrays with diameter ranging from 80 to 245 nm are made of Co80Pt20 films with large perpendicular anisotropy. Magnetic properties are investigated by detecting the anomalous Hall effect. The all arrays show angular dependence of remanent coercivity similar to coherent rotation. The result shows

  15. High Efficiency Quantum Dot Solar Cells Based on Multiple Exciton Generation

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    Breeze, Alison [Solexant Corp., San Jose, CA (United States)

    2011-04-15

    The objective of this project was to demonstrate that efficient multiple exciton generation observed in quantum dot materials could be harvested in nanostructured solar cells to dramatically improve the maximum power efficiency obtainable in photovoltaic modules. This proposal aimed to develop a high efficiency solar cell through a combination of quantum dot materials, nanostructured surfaces and atomic layer deposition for fabricating conformal and ultrathin films.

  16. Highly Efficient Perovskite-Quantum-Dot Light-Emitting Diodes by Surface Engineering

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    Pan, Jun

    2016-08-16

    A two-step ligand-exchange strategy is developed, in which the long-carbon-chain ligands on all-inorganic perovskite (CsPbX3, X = Br, Cl) quantum dots (QDs) are replaced with halide-ion-pair ligands. Green and blue light-emitting diodes made from the halide-ion-paircapped quantum dots exhibit high external quantum efficiencies compared with the untreated QDs.

  17. Probing silicon quantum dots by single-dot techniques

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    Sychugov, Ilya; Valenta, Jan; Linnros, Jan

    2017-02-01

    Silicon nanocrystals represent an important class of non-toxic, heavy-metal free quantum dots, where the high natural abundance of silicon is an additional advantage. Successful development in mass-fabrication, starting from porous silicon to recent advances in chemical and plasma synthesis, opens up new possibilities for applications in optoelectronics, bio-imaging, photovoltaics, and sensitizing areas. In this review basic physical properties of silicon nanocrystals revealed by photoluminescence spectroscopy, lifetime, intensity trace and electrical measurements on individual nanoparticles are summarized. The fabrication methods developed for accessing single Si nanocrystals are also reviewed. It is concluded that silicon nanocrystals share many of the properties of direct bandgap nanocrystals exhibiting sharp emission lines at low temperatures, on/off blinking, spectral diffusion etc. An analysis of reported results is provided in comparison with theory and with direct bandgap material quantum dots. In addition, the role of passivation and inherent interface/matrix defects is discussed.

  18. Highly selective detection of phosphate ion based on a single-layered graphene quantum dots-Al3+ strategy.

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    Chen, Bin Bin; Sheng Li, Rong; Li Liu, Meng; Yan Zou, Hong; Liu, Hui; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2018-02-01

    Determination of phosphate ion (PO43-) is important in biomedical and environmental arrays because its controlling concentrations are associated with different pathologies or the quality of water. Herein, we report a new type of photoluminescence (PL) probe for highly selective detection of PO43- based on a single-layered graphene quantum dots chelating with aluminium ions (s-GQDs-Al3+) system. The PL of s-GQDs can be enhanced by Al3+ through the aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) effect. With the addition of PO43-, the PL of the s-GQDs-Al3+ system is faded away because PO43- has stronger coordination with Al3+ which results in the elimination of AIEE effect and the decrease in the PL intensity of the s-GQDs-Al3+ system. Therefore, the s-GQDs-Al3+ system can behave as an on-off type PL probe for PO43- detection. It is found that the PL intensity ratio (I/I0) of s-GQDs in the presence of Al3+ at 463nm is proportional to the concentration of PO43- in the range of 0.25-7.5μM with the limit of detection as low as 0.1μM. This selective assay has a great application prospect in the complex matrixes owing to its simplicity and specificity for PO43- detection. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. One-pot synthesis of highly luminescent carbon quantum dots and their nontoxic ingestion by zebrafish for in vivo imaging.

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    Huang, Yi-Fan; Zhou, Xin; Zhou, Rong; Zhang, Hong; Kang, Kai-Bin; Zhao, Min; Peng, Yong; Wang, Qiang; Zhang, Hao-Li; Qiu, Wen-Yuan

    2014-05-05

    Photoluminescent carbon and/or silicon-based nanodots have attracted ever increasing interest. Accordingly, a myriad of synthetic methodologies have been developed to fabricate them, which unfortunately, however, frequently involve relatively tedious steps, such as initial surface passivation and subsequent functionalization. Herein, we describe a green and sustainable synthetic strategy to combine these procedures into one step and to produce highly luminescent carbon quantum dots (CQDs), which can also be easily fabricated into flexible thin films with intense luminescence for future roll-to-roll manufacturing of optoelectronic devices. The as-synthesized CQDs exhibited enhanced cellular permeability and low or even noncytotoxicity for cellular applications, as corroborated by confocal fluorescence imaging of HeLa cells as well as cell viability measurements. Most strikingly, zebrafish were directly fed with CQDs for in vivo imaging, and mortality and morphologic analysis indicated ingestion of the CQDs posed no harm to the living organisms. Hence, the multifunctional CQDs potentially provide a rich pool of tools for optoelectronic and biomedical applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. High throughput electron transfer from carbon dots to chloroplast: a rationale of enhanced photosynthesis

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    Chandra, Sourov; Pradhan, Saheli; Mitra, Shouvik; Patra, Prasun; Bhattacharya, Ankita; Pramanik, Panchanan; Goswami, Arunava

    2014-03-01

    A biocompatible amine functionalized fluorescent carbon dots were developed and isolated for gram scale applications. Such carbogenic quantum dots can strongly conjugate over the surface of the chloroplast and due to that strong interaction the former can easily transfer electrons towards the latter by assistance of absorbed light or photons. An exceptionally high electron transfer from carbon dots to the chloroplast can directly effect the whole chain electron transfer pathway in a light reaction of photosynthesis, where electron carriers play an important role in modulating the system. As a result, carbon dots can promote photosynthesis by modulating the electron transfer process as they are capable of fastening the conversion of light energy to the electrical energy and finally to the chemical energy as assimilatory power (ATP and NADPH).A biocompatible amine functionalized fluorescent carbon dots were developed and isolated for gram scale applications. Such carbogenic quantum dots can strongly conjugate over the surface of the chloroplast and due to that strong interaction the former can easily transfer electrons towards the latter by assistance of absorbed light or photons. An exceptionally high electron transfer from carbon dots to the chloroplast can directly effect the whole chain electron transfer pathway in a light reaction of photosynthesis, where electron carriers play an important role in modulating the system. As a result, carbon dots can promote photosynthesis by modulating the electron transfer process as they are capable of fastening the conversion of light energy to the electrical energy and finally to the chemical energy as assimilatory power (ATP and NADPH). Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr06079a

  1. Blue photoluminescence of sponge-like highly porous alumina synthesized in hydrofluoric acid based electrolytes

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    Ilin, D. O.; Vokhmintsev, A. S.; Martemyanov, N. A.; Weinstein, I. A.

    2017-11-01

    For the first time nanostructures of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) were synthesized using hydrofluoric acid based electrolytes under potentiostatic mode with varied oxidation conditions. As-grown oxide layers were amorphous and had sponge-like disordered structure with ramified pores system of 50 to 300 nm diameters. All samples under daylight demonstrated blue emission with power up to 10 μW that was seen by naked eye. It was shown that integral intensity of photoluminescence (PL) emission band in 350 – 650 range increases up to 7 – 60 times depending on synthesis details. Observed PL spectra were approximated by superposition of two components with Emax = 2.74 and 2.44 eV, FWHM = 0.63 and 0.53 eV. It was substantiated that studied emission have intrinsic origin and can be attributed to F2 2+ - and F2-centers.

  2. High performance tunnel injection InGaN/GaN quantum Dot light emitting diodes emitting in the green (λ=495nm)

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    Zhang, Meng

    2011-05-01

    InGaN/GaN self-organized quantum dots with density of (2-5)×10 10 cm-2, internal quantum efficiency of 32% and a reduced recombination lifetime of 0.6 ns were grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The photoluminescence spectra of the dots peak at 495 nm at 300 K. The characteristics of tunnel injection InGaN/GaN quantum dot light emitting diodes are presented. The current density at maximum efficiency is 90.2 A/cm 2, which is superior to equivalent multiquantum well devices. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Ultrafast Method for Selective Design of Graphene Quantum Dots with Highly Efficient Blue Emission

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    Kang, Suk Hyun; Mhin, Sungwook; Han, Hyuksu; Kim, Kang Min; Jones, Jacob L.; Ryu, Jeong Ho; Kang, Ju Seop; Kim, Shin Hee; Shim, Kwang Bo

    2016-12-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have attractive properties and potential applications. However, their various applications are limited by a current synthetic method which requires long processing time. Here, we report a facile and remarkably rapid method for production of GQDs exhibiting excellent optoelectronic properties. We employed the pulsed laser ablation (PLA) technique to exfoliate GQDs from multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNTs), which can be referred to as a pulsed laser exfoliation (PLE) process. Strikingly, it takes only 6 min to transform all MWCNTs precursors to GQDs by using PLE process. Furthermore, we could selectively produce either GQDs or graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs) by simply changing the organic solvents utilized in the PLE processing. The synthesized GQDs show distinct blue photoluminescence (PL) with excellent quantum yield (QY) up to 12% as well as sufficient brightness and resolution to be suitable for optoelectronic applications. We believe that the PLE process proposed in this work will further open up new routes for the preparation of different optoelectronic nanomaterials.

  4. A novel approach to obtain highly intense self-activated photoluminescence emissions in hydroxyapatite nanoparticles

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    Machado, Thales R. [CDMF-UFSCar, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil); QIO-UJI, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón (Spain); Sczancoski, Júlio C. [CDMF-UFSCar, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil); Beltrán-Mir, Héctor [QIO-UJI, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón (Spain); Nogueira, Içamira C. [PPGEM-IFMA, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Maranhão, 65030-005 São Luís, MA (Brazil); Li, Máximo S. [IFSC-USP, Universidade de São Paulo, P.O. Box 369, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Andrés, Juan [QFA-UJI, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón (Spain); Cordoncillo, Eloisa [QIO-UJI, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón (Spain); Longo, Elson, E-mail: elson.liec@gmail.com [CDMF-UFSCar, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil)

    2017-05-15

    Defect-related photoluminescence (PL) in materials have attracted interest for applications including near ultraviolet (NUV) excitable light-emitting diodes and in biomedical field. In this paper, hydroxyapatite [Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}] nanorods with intense PL bands (bluish- and yellowish-white emissions) were obtained when excited under NUV radiation at room temperature. These nanoparticles were synthesized via chemical precipitation at 90 °C followed by distinct heat treatments temperatures (200–800 °C). Intense and broad emission profiles were achieved at 350 °C (380–750 nm) and 400 °C (380–800 nm). UV–Vis spectroscopy revealed band gap energies (5.58–5.78 eV) higher than the excitation energies (~3.54 and ~2.98 eV at 350 and 415 nm, respectively), confirming the contribution of defect energy levels within the forbidden zone for PL emissions. The structural features were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement, thermogravimetric analysis, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. By means of these techniques, the relation between structural order-disorder induced by defects, chemical reactions at both lattice and surface of the materials as well as the PL, without activator centers, was discussed in details. - Graphical abstract: The self-activated photoluminescence emissions of chemically precipitated hydroxyapatite nanorods were improved by different heat treatment temperatures. - Highlights: • HA nanorods were synthesized with improved self-activated PL at room temperature. • PL profile and intensity dependents on the temperature of posterior heat treatments. • Bluish- and yellowish-white emissions under NUV excitation (350 and 415 nm). • Broad and intense profiles achieved at 350 °C (380–750 nm) and 400 °C (380–800 nm). • PL from the e′–h{sup •} recombination between defect energy levels within the band gap.

  5. New development in carbon quantum dots technical applications.

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    Shen, Li-Ming; Liu, Jing

    2016-08-15

    As a newly emerged member in carbon nanomaterials family, carbon quantum dots (CQDs) attracted everincreasing attention owing to their ultracompact size, excellent photoluminescence, favorable biocompatibility, versatile surface and superior electron transfer ability. The past decade has witnessed continuous advancements in the production of CQDs with high photoluminescence quantum yields for various applications. Herein, we track the newest development of CQDs with advanced physicochemical properties and their applications in sensing, bioimaging, nanomedicine and catalysis, and propose the challenges and perspectives in this exciting and promising field. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Visible photoluminescence in polycrystalline terbium doped aluminum nitride (Tb:AlN) ceramics with high thermal conductivity

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    Wieg, A. T.; Kodera, Y.; Wang, Z.; Imai, T.; Dames, C.; Garay, J. E.

    2012-09-01

    Thermal management continues to be one of the major challenges in the development of high powered light sources such as solid state lasers. In particular, the relatively low thermal conductivity of standard photoluminescent (PL) materials limits the overall power output and/or duty cycle. We present a method based on current activated pressure assisted densification for the fabrication of high thermal conductivity PL materials: rare earth doped polycrystalline bulk aluminum nitride. Specifically, the ceramics are translucent and are doped with Tb3+, allowing for emission in the visible. Remarkably, the ceramics have a room temperature thermal conductivity of 94 W/(m K) which is almost seven times higher than that of the state of the art host material, Nd-doped yttrium aluminum garnet. These light emitting properties coupled with very high thermal conductivity should enable the development of a wide variety of more powerful light sources.

  7. Highly stable red-emitting polymer dots for cellular imaging

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    Chelora, Jipsa; Zhang, Jinfeng; Chen, Rui; Thachoth Chandran, Hrisheekesh; Lee, Chun-Sing

    2017-07-01

    Polymer dots (Pdots) have emerged as a new type of fluorescent probe material for biomedical applications and have attracted great interest due to their excellent optical properties and biocompatability. In this work, we report on a red-emitting P3HT Pdot fluorescent probe for intracellular bioimaging. The as-prepared Pdot fluorescent probe exhibits good stability and has a large Stokes shift (121 nm) compared to molecules in tetrahydrofuran (THF). Furthermore, the probe shows low cytotoxicity, broad absorption spectrum, resistance against photodegradation, and good water dispersibility. These advantageous characteristics make P3HT Pdots a promising fluorescent probe material for bioimaging.

  8. Templated self-assembly of SiGe quantum dots

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    Dais, Christian

    2009-08-19

    This PhD thesis reports on the fabrication and characterization of exact aligned SiGe quantum dot structures. In general, SiGe quantum dots which nucleate via the Stranski-Krastanov growth mode exhibit broad size dispersion and nucleate randomly on the surface. However, to tap the full potential of SiGe quantum dots it is necessary to control the positioning and size of the dots on a nanometer length, e.g. for electronically addressing of individual dots. This can be realized by so-called templated self-assembly, which combines top-down lithography with bottom-up selfassembly. In this process the lithographically defined pits serve as pre-defined nucleation points for the epitaxially grown quantum dots. In this thesis, extreme ultraviolet interference lithography at a wavelength of e=13.4 nm is employed for prepatterning of the Si substrates. This technique allows the precise and fast fabrication of high-resolution templates with a high degree of reproducibility. The subsequent epitaxial deposition is either performed by molecular beam epitaxy or low-pressure chemical vapour deposition. It is shown that the dot nucleation on pre-patterned substrates depends strongly on the lithography parameters, e.g. size and periodicity of the pits, as well as on the epitaxy parameters, e.g. growth temperature or material coverage. The interrelations are carefully analyzed by means of scanning force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction measurements. Provided that correct template and overgrowth parameters are chosen, perfectly aligned and uniform SiGe quantum dot arrays of different period, size as well as symmetry are created. In particular, the quantum dot arrays with the so far smallest period (35 nm) and smallest size dispersion are fabricated in this thesis. Furthermore, the strain fields of the underlying quantum dots allow the fabrication of vertically aligned quantum dot stacks. Combining lateral and vertical dot alignment results in three

  9. Structure and optical anisotropy of vertically correlated submonolayer InAs/GaAs quantum dots

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    Xu, Zhangcheng; Birkedal, Dan; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2003-01-01

    A vertically correlated submonolayer (VCSML) InAs/GaAs quantum-dot (QD) heterostructure was studied using transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and polarization-dependent photoluminescence. The HRXRD (004) rocking curve was simulated using the Tagaki-Taupin e......A vertically correlated submonolayer (VCSML) InAs/GaAs quantum-dot (QD) heterostructure was studied using transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and polarization-dependent photoluminescence. The HRXRD (004) rocking curve was simulated using the Tagaki...... with respect to GaAs is around 1.4%, while the lattice mismatch in the QW is negligible. The photoluminescence is transverse magnetic-polarized in the edge geometry....

  10. Investigation of biocompatible and protein sensitive highly luminescent quantum dots/nanocrystals of CdSe, CdSe/ZnS and CdSe/CdS

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    Ratnesh, R. K.; Mehata, Mohan Singh

    2017-05-01

    The size and shape dependent semiconductor quantum dots (0D nanoparticles) with color tunability demonstrating significant influence in a biological system and considered as ideal probes. Here, a non-coordinated colloidal approach was used for the synthesis of CdSe, CdSe/ZnS and CdSe/CdS core-shell quantum dots (QDs) of 3-4 nm. The synthesized nanocrystals show a high crystallinity, examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM). The core-shell semiconductor QDs exhibit stronger photoluminescence (PL) as compared to the core QDs. The strong PL with small full-width half maximum (FWHM) indicates that the prepared QDs have a nearly uniform size distribution and well dispersibility. The quantum yield (QY) of core-shell QDs increases due to the surface passivation. Further, the PL of BSA is quenched strongly by the presence of core-shell QDs and follows the well-known Stern-Volmer (S-V) relation, whereas the PL lifetime does not follow the S-V relation, demonstrating that the observed quenching is predominantly static in nature. Among CdSe core, CdSe/ZnS and CdSe/CdS core-shell QDs, the CdSe/ZnS QDs shows the least cytotoxicity and most biocompatibility. Thus, the prepared core-shell QDs are biocompatible and exhibit strong sensing ability.

  11. Synthesis of Pyridinic-Rich N, S Co-doped Carbon Quantum Dots as Effective Enzyme Mimics

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    Liu, Teng; Cui, Zhi-wei; Zhou, Jun; Wang, Ying; Zou, Zhi-gang

    2017-05-01

    N and S co-doped carbon quantum dots (N, S-CQDs) with high N- and S-doping level were synthesized by microwave solid-phase pyrolysis within 50 s. Owing to the dominant pyridinic N injection into the conjugated framework, both high enzyme mimics catalytic activity and photoluminescence quantum yield are achieved simultaneously.

  12. Optimization of Quantum-Dot Molecular Beam Epitaxy for Broad Spectral Bandwidth Devices

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    Majid, Mohammed Abdul

    2012-12-01

    The optimization of the key growth parameters for broad spectral bandwidth devices based on quantum dots is reported. A combination of atomic force microscopy, photoluminescence of test samples, and optoelectronic characterization of superluminescent diodes (SLDs) is used to optimize the growth conditions to obtain high-quality devices with large spectral bandwidth, radiative efficiency (due to a reduced defective-dot density), and thus output power. The defective-dot density is highlighted as being responsible for the degradation of device performance. An SLD device with 160 nm of bandwidth centered at 1230 nm is demonstrated.

  13. Phonon bottleneck in GaAs/AlxGa1−xAs quantum dots

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    Y. C. Chang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We report low-temperature photoluminescence measurements on highly-uniform GaAs/AlxGa1−xAs quantum dots grown by droplet epitaxy. Recombination between confined electrons and holes bound to carbon acceptors in the dots allow us to determine the energies of the confined states in the system, as confirmed by effective mass calculations. The presence of acceptor-bound holes in the quantum dots gives rise to a striking observation of the phonon-bottleneck effect.

  14. Ultrafast spontaneous emission modulation of graphene quantum dots interacting with Ag nanoparticles in solution

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    Zhao, Jianwei [Department of Physics, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Research Center of Quantum Macro-Phenomenon and Application, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China); Lu, Jian, E-mail: luj@sari.ac.cn; Wang, Zhongyang, E-mail: wangzy@sari.ac.cn [Research Center of Quantum Macro-Phenomenon and Application, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China); Wang, Liang [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Institute of Nanochemistry and Nanobiology, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Tian, Linfan [Research Center of Quantum Macro-Phenomenon and Application, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China); School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai 201210 (China); Deng, Xingxia [Research Center of Quantum Macro-Phenomenon and Application, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210 (China); School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai 201210 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Tian, Lijun [Department of Physics, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Pan, Dengyu [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2016-07-11

    We investigated the strong interaction between graphene quantum dots and silver nanoparticles in solution using time-resolved photoluminescence techniques. In solution, the silver nanoparticles are surrounded by graphene quantum dots and interacted with graphene quantum dots through exciton-plasmon coupling. An ultrafast spontaneous emission process (lifetime 27 ps) was observed in such a mixed solution. This ultrafast lifetime corresponds to the emission rate exceeding 35 GHz, with the purcell enhancement by a factor of ∼12. These experiment results pave the way for the realization of future high speed light sources applications.

  15. Influence of GaAsSb structural properties on the optical properties of InAs/GaAsSb quantum dots

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    Zhang, Zewen; Huang, Yidan; Reece, Peter J.; Bremner, Stephen P.

    2017-10-01

    The optical properties of InAs quantum dots with GaAsSb buffer, capping and cladding layers of different alloy compositions are studied by photoluminescence techniques. Fully strained GaAsSb layers show that the inclusion of a buffer layer gives a blue-shift to quantum dot emission, while for quantum dots capped with GaAsSb a clear red-shift is seen. Power-dependent photoluminescence suggests a transition from type-I to type-II can be achieved by GaAsSb at Sb composition between 11-13%, while the transition for the GaAsSb cladding layer occurs at around 11%. At low Sb composition, good crystal quality and energy barrier are detected by temperature-dependent photoluminescence, while high-level dislocation and defects exist under high antimony content, as evidenced by X-Ray Diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy.

  16. Design of Quantum Dot-Conjugated Lipids for Long-Term, High-Speed Tracking Experiments on Cell Surfaces

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    Murcia, Michael J.; Minner, Daniel. E.; Mustata, Gina-Mirela; Ritchie, Kenneth; Naumann, Christoph A.

    2009-01-01

    The current study reports the facile design of quantum dot (QD)-conjugated lipids and their application to high-speed tracking experiments on cell surfaces. CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs with two types of hydrophilic coatings, 2-(2-aminoethoxy)ethanol (AEE-coating) and a 60:40 molar mixture of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[methoxy(polyethyleneglycol-2000] (LIPO-coating), are conjugated to sulfhydryl lipids via maleimide reactive groups on the QD surface. Prior to lipid conjugation, the colloidal stability of both types of coated QDs in aqueous solution is confirmed using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. A sensitive assay based on single lipid tracking experiments on a planar solid-supported phospholipid bilayer is presented that establishes conditions of monovalent conjugation of QDs to lipids. The QD lipids are then employed as single molecule tracking probes in plasma membranes of several cell types. Initial tracking experiments at a frame rate of 30 fps corroborate that QD-lipids diffuse like dye-labeled lipids in the plasma membrane of COS-7, HEK-293, 3T3, and NRK cells, thus confirming monovalent labeling. Finally, QD-lipids are applied for the first time to high-speed single molecule imaging by tracking their lateral mobility in the plasma membrane of NRK fibroblasts with up to 1000 fps. Our high-speed tracking data, which are in excellent agreement to previous tracking experiments with larger 40nm Au labels, not only push the time resolution in long-time, continuous fluorescence-based single molecule tracking, but also show that highly photostable, photoluminescent nanoprobes of 10nm size can be employed (AEE-coated QDs). These probes are also attractive because, unlike Au nanoparticles, they facilitate complex multicolor experiments. PMID:18937457

  17. Highly luminescent hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe quantum dots: synthesis and properties.

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    Liu, Ning; Yang, Ping

    2013-01-01

    Novel hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe quantum dots (QDs) were created using CdTe QDs coated with a hybrid SiO2 shell containing Cd(2+) ions and a sulfur source via a sol-gel process in aqueous solution. Aqueous CdTe QDs with tunable emitting color created through a reaction between cadmium chloride and sodium hydrogen telluride was used as cores for the preparation of hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe QDs. In our experiments we found that the surface state of the cores and preparation conditions that affect the formation of the hybrid SiO2 shell also greatly affect photoluminescence of the hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe QDs. The generation of CdS-like clusters in the vicinity of the CdTe QDs, caused the quantum size effect of the QDs to be greatly reduced, which changes photoluminescence properties of the hybrid QDs fundamentally. Namely, the novel hybrid SiO2 shell played an important role in generating a series of specific optical properties. In addition, the novel hybrid SiO2 shell can be created if no CdTe QD is added. In order to gain an insight into the inter structure of the hybrid shell, we characterized the hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe QDs using X-ray diffraction analysis and discuss the formation mechanism of such a hybrid structure. This work is significant because the novel hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe QDs with its excellent properties can be used in many applications, such as biolabeling and optoelectronic devices. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Mercaptoacetic Acid Capped Cadmium Sulphide Quantum Dots.

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    Wageh, S; Maize, Mai; Donia, A M; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A; Umar, Ahmad

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the facile synthesis and detailed characterization of mercaptoacetic acid capped cadmium sulphide (CdS) quantum dots using various cadmium precursors. The mercaptoacetic acid capped CdS quantum dots were prepared by facile and simple wet chemical method and characterized by several techniques such as energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis. spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission microscopy (HRTEM) and thremogravimetric analysis. The EDS studies revealed that the prepared quantum dots possess higher atomic percentage of sulfur compared to cadmium due to the coordination of thiolate to the quantum dots surfaces. The X-ray and absorption analyses exhibited that the size of quantum dots prepared by cadmium acetate is larger than the quantum dots prepared by cadmium chloride and cadmium nitrate. The increase in size can be attributed to the low stability constant of cadmium acetate in comparison with cadmium chloride and cadmium nitrate. The FTIR and thermogravimetric analysis showed that the nature of capping molecule on the surface of quantum dots are different depending on the cadmium precursors which affect the emission from CdS quantum dots. Photoemission spectroscopy revealed that the emission of quantum dots prepared by cadmium acetate has high intensity band edge emission along with low intensity trapping state emission. However the CdS quantum dots prepared by cadmium chloride and cadmium nitrate produced only trapping state emissions.

  19. Highly fluorescent semiconducting polymer dots for single-molecule imaging and biosensing

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    Sun, Wei; Yu, Jiangbo; Ye, Fangmao; Rong, Yu; Chiu, Daniel T.

    2013-09-01

    This paper describes the preparation of semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) and their application for single-molecule imaging and biosensing. The Pdots possessed high fluorescence brightness, with a 16 nm Pdot being ~9 times brighter than 13 nm Quantum Dots (Qdots). The surface of Pdots was successfully conjugated with streptavidin, which made Pdots suitable for specific subcellular labeling and targeting. The interior composition of Pdots was also successfully modified, through which the Pdots obtained additional functionalities. We demonstrated the utility of gold nanoparticle embedded Pdots in dual-modality imaging. We also demonstrated that Rhodamine B embedded Pdots were able to function as ratiometric temperature sensor in live-cell imaging mode.

  20. Type II InAs/GaAsSb quantum dots: Highly tunable exciton geometry and topology

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    Llorens, J. M.; Wewior, L.; Cardozo de Oliveira, E. R.; Alén, B., E-mail: benito.alen@csic.es [IMM-Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid (CNM-CSIC), Isaac Newton 8, PTM, E-28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid (Spain); Ulloa, J. M.; Utrilla, A. D.; Guzmán, A.; Hierro, A. [Institute for Systems based on Optoelectronics and Microtechnology (ISOM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-11-02

    External control over the electron and hole wavefunctions geometry and topology is investigated in a p-i-n diode embedding a dot-in-a-well InAs/GaAsSb quantum structure with type II band alignment. We find highly tunable exciton dipole moments and largely decoupled exciton recombination and ionization dynamics. We also predicted a bias regime where the hole wavefunction topology changes continuously from quantum dot-like to quantum ring-like as a function of the external bias. All these properties have great potential in advanced electro-optical applications and in the investigation of fundamental spin-orbit phenomena.

  1. High Efficiency Hybrid Solar Cells Using Nanocrystalline Si Quantum Dots and Si Nanowires.

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    Dutta, Mrinal; Thirugnanam, Lavanya; Trinh, Pham Van; Fukata, Naoki

    2015-07-28

    We report on an efficient hybrid Si nanocrystal quantum dot modified radial p-n junction thinner Si solar cell that utilizes the advantages of effective exciton collection by energy transfer from nanocrystal-Si (nc-Si) quantum dots to underlying radial p-n junction Si nanowire arrays with excellent carrier separation and propagation via the built-in electric fields of radial p-n junctions. Minimization of recombination, optical, and spectrum losses in this hybrid structure led to a high cell efficiency of 12.9%.

  2. Theoretical Study of Operational Limits of High-Speed Quantum Dot Lasers

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    2012-09-09

    strained -layer InGaAs quantum - well improvement of an InAs quantum dot AlGaAs –GaAs– InGaAs –InAs... AlGaAs –GaAs– InGaAs heterostructure diode laser operation Appl. Phys. Lett. 80 1126–8 [20] Walter G, Chung T and Holonyak N 2002 Coupled-stripe quantum - well ...8] Tokranov V, Yakimov M, van Eisden J and Oktyabrsky S 2006 Tunnel quantum well -on-dots InGaAs –InAs high-gain medium for laser diodes Proc.

  3. Effect of Sb and As spray on emission characteristics of InAs quantum dots with AlAs capping layer

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    Zhang, Z.; Tan, S.; Kim, Y.; Liu, Z.; Reece, P. J.; Bremner, S. P.

    2017-10-01

    We report on the influence of an Sb/As combined spray on the physical and optical characteristics of AlAs-capped InAs/GaAs quantum dots grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy. Photoluminescence emission from the quantum dots shows a significant peak position shift under different Sb/As spray sequences. A blue-shifted quantum dot emission peak with an initial Sb rest indicates a large-to-small quantum dots transition process, with a bi-modal quantum dot size distribution inferred. High-resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy results reveal a large density of small quantum dots when the Sb spray is treated first. Furthermore, defect passivation in the vicinity of the quantum dots by use of Sb spray was detected.

  4. Photoluminescence of Diamondoid Crystals

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    Clay, William; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.; Sasagawa, Takao; Iwasa, Akio; /TIT, Nagatsuta; Liu, Zhi; /LBNL, ALS; Dahl, Jeremy E.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.; Carlson, Robert M.K.; /Molecular Diamond Technologies, Chevron Technology Ventures; Kelly, Michael; Melos, Nicholas; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.; Shen, Zhi-Xun; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Geballe Lab. /SIMES, Stanford

    2012-04-03

    The photoluminescence of diamondoids in the solid state is examined. All of the diamondoids are found to photoluminesce readily with initial excitation wavelengths ranging from 233 nm to 240 nm (5.3 eV). These excitation energies are more than 1 eV lower than any previously studied saturated hydrocarbon material. The emission is found to be heavily shifted from the absorption, with emission wavelengths of roughly 295 nm (4.2 eV) in all cases. In the dissolved state, however, no uorescence is observed for excitation wavelengths as short as 200 nm. We also discuss predictions and measurements of the quantum yield. Our predictions indicate that the maximum yield may be as high as 25%. Our measurement of one species, diamantane, gives a yield of 11%, the highest ever reported for a saturated hydrocarbon, even though it was likely not at the optimal excitation wavelength.

  5. High-density 1.54 μm InAs/InGaAlAs/InP(100) based quantum dots with reduced size inhomogeneity

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    Banyoudeh, Saddam; Reithmaier, Johann Peter

    2015-09-01

    Self-assembled InAs quantum dots (QDs) were grown by solid source molecular beam epitaxy. The impact of the growth parameters like the growth temperature of the InGaAlAs nucleation layer, V/III ratio and growth rate during growth of QD layers were carefully investigated by using atomic force microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The excellent size uniformity of InAs QDs grown on InP substrates are verified by narrow photoluminescence line widths of 17 meV for single QD layers and 26 meV for stacked QD layers, respectivaly. Both values measured at 10 K.

  6. Visualization of plasma membrane compartmentalization by high-speed quantum dot tracking

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    Clausen, M. P.; Lagerholm, B. C.

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we have imaged plasma membrane molecules labeled with quantum dots in live cells using a conventional wide-field microscope with high spatial precision at sampling frequencies of 1.75 kHz. Many of the resulting single molecule trajectories are sufficiently long (up to several...

  7. High-frequency EPR and ENDOR spectroscopy on semiconductor quantum dots

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    Baranov, P.G.; Orlinskii, S.B.; de Mello Donega, C.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/125593899; Schmidt, J.

    2010-01-01

    It is shown that high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy are excellent tools for the investigation of the electronic properties of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs). The great attractions of these techniques are that, in contrast

  8. Dot Hill's SANnet storage solutions excel at CERN's High Performance Networking Forum

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    2001-01-01

    Dot Hill Systems Corp. demonstrated its latest storage technolgies at the 4th HPN Forum hosted by CERN. These will be used to support CERN's ongoing high-end computing and storage requirements and to provide a gateway that will enable the next-generation DataGRID project to get off the ground.

  9. Electron-electron interactions in graphene field-induced quantum dots in a high magnetic field

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    Orlof, A.; Shylau, Artsem; Zozoulenko, I. V.

    2015-01-01

    We study the effect of electron-electron interaction in graphene quantum dots defined by an external electrostatic potential and a high magnetic field. To account for the electron-electron interaction, we use the Thomas-Fermi approximation and find that electron screening causes the formation...

  10. High quality factor photonic resonators for nitride quantum dots

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    Guillet, T. [Universite Montpellier 2, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb UMR 5221, 34095 Montpellier (France); Mexis, M.; Rennesson, S.; Brimont, C.; Bretagnon, T.; Gil, B. [Universite Montpellier 2, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb UMR 5221, 34095 Montpellier (France); CNRS, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb UMR 5221, 34095 Montpellier (France); Sergent, S. [CRHEA-CNRS, Valbonne 06560 (France); Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Parc Valrose, Nice 06102 Cedex 2 (France); Neel, D.; David, S.; Checoury, X.; Boucaud, P. [Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale, CNRS - Universite Paris Sud 11, 91405 Orsay (France); Sam-Giao, D.; Gayral, B. [CEA-INAC, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble (France); Semond, F.; Leroux, M. [CRHEA-CNRS, Valbonne 06560 (France)

    2012-03-15

    We report the realization and the optical study of nitride photonic resonators dedicated to the blue and UV spectral range. Microdisks and photonic crystal (PC) cavities are investigated containing GaN/AlN quantum dots (QDs) embedded in an AlN waveguide. The PC cavities are fabricated through the conformal growth of nitrides on a patterned Si substrate, and present delocalized and confined cavity modes in their microphotoluminescence spectra, that are compared to simulations. A large quality factor of 1800 is reached for a modified L3 cavity. In the case of microdisks, which are fabricated through a classical top-down approach, the series of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) with large quality factors (up to 7300) are observed and analysed. Scanning electron micrograph and microphotoluminescence spectrum of a 2 {mu}m AlN microdisk embedding GaN QDs; the WGMs appear as sharp peaks, with quality factors up to 5000. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Non-Bleaching Photoluminescent Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Zou, Lu; Kim, Chanjoong; Girgis, Emad; Khalil, Wagdy K. B.

    2013-03-01

    We report a new type of photoluminescent magnetic nanoparticles produced by a very simple process. The nanoparticle consists of an ordinary magnetic nanoparticle as core and a non-toxic polymer shell. The biocompatibility is evaluated using in-vivo tests on mice. They are non-bleaching photoluminescent without any addition of fluorophores, such as quantum dots or fluorescent dyes that can be toxic and easily photobleached, respectively. This work provides a low-cost, bio-safe, non-bleaching alternative of conventional fluoroscent magnetic nanoparticles which covers a wide range of applications, from bio-imaging to biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics, such as hyperthermia.

  12. Highly polarized electrically driven single-photon emission from a non-polar InGaN quantum dot

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    Kocher, C. C.; Puchtler, T. J.; Jarman, J. C.; Zhu, T.; Wang, T.; Nuttall, L.; Oliver, R. A.; Taylor, R. A.

    2017-12-01

    Nitride quantum dots are well suited for the deterministic generation of single photons at high temperatures. However, this material system faces the challenge of large in-built fields, decreasing the oscillator strength and possible emission rates considerably. One solution is to grow quantum dots on a non-polar plane; this gives the additional advantage of strongly polarized emission along one crystal direction. This is highly desirable for future device applications, as is electrical excitation. Here, we report on electroluminescence from non-polar InGaN quantum dots. The emission from one of these quantum dots is studied in detail and found to be highly polarized with a degree of polarization of 0.94. Single-photon emission is achieved under excitation with a constant current giving a g(2 )(0 ) correlation value of 0.18. The quantum dot electroluminescence persists up to temperatures as high as 130 K.

  13. Highly indistinguishable and strongly entangled photons from symmetric GaAs quantum dots.

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    Huber, Daniel; Reindl, Marcus; Huo, Yongheng; Huang, Huiying; Wildmann, Johannes S; Schmidt, Oliver G; Rastelli, Armando; Trotta, Rinaldo

    2017-05-26

    The development of scalable sources of non-classical light is fundamental to unlocking the technological potential of quantum photonics. Semiconductor quantum dots are emerging as near-optimal sources of indistinguishable single photons. However, their performance as sources of entangled-photon pairs are still modest compared to parametric down converters. Photons emitted from conventional Stranski-Krastanov InGaAs quantum dots have shown non-optimal levels of entanglement and indistinguishability. For quantum networks, both criteria must be met simultaneously. Here, we show that this is possible with a system that has received limited attention so far: GaAs quantum dots. They can emit triggered polarization-entangled photons with high purity (g(2)(0) = 0.002±0.002), high indistinguishability (0.93±0.07 for 2 ns pulse separation) and high entanglement fidelity (0.94±0.01). Our results show that GaAs might be the material of choice for quantum-dot entanglement sources in future quantum technologies.

  14. Highly indistinguishable and strongly entangled photons from symmetric GaAs quantum dots

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    Huber, Daniel; Reindl, Marcus; Huo, Yongheng; Huang, Huiying; Wildmann, Johannes S.; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Rastelli, Armando; Trotta, Rinaldo

    2017-01-01

    The development of scalable sources of non-classical light is fundamental to unlocking the technological potential of quantum photonics. Semiconductor quantum dots are emerging as near-optimal sources of indistinguishable single photons. However, their performance as sources of entangled-photon pairs are still modest compared to parametric down converters. Photons emitted from conventional Stranski–Krastanov InGaAs quantum dots have shown non-optimal levels of entanglement and indistinguishability. For quantum networks, both criteria must be met simultaneously. Here, we show that this is possible with a system that has received limited attention so far: GaAs quantum dots. They can emit triggered polarization-entangled photons with high purity (g(2)(0) = 0.002±0.002), high indistinguishability (0.93±0.07 for 2 ns pulse separation) and high entanglement fidelity (0.94±0.01). Our results show that GaAs might be the material of choice for quantum-dot entanglement sources in future quantum technologies. PMID:28548081

  15. Quantum dot spectroscopy

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    Leosson, Kristjan

    1999-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots ("solid state atoms") are promising candidates for quantum computers and future electronic and optoelectronic devices. Quantum dots are zero-dimensional electronic systems and therefore have discrete energy levels, similar to atoms or molecules. The size distribution...... of quantum dots, however, results in a large inhomogeneous broadening of quantum dot spectra.Work on self-assembled InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots will be presented. Properties of atom-like single-dots states are investigated optically using high spatial and spectral resolution. Single-dot spectra can be used...

  16. Quantum dot spectroscopy

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    Leosson, Kristjan

    Semiconductor quantum dots ("solid-state atoms") are promising candidates for quantum computers and future electronic and optoelectronic devices. Quantum dots are zero-dimensional electronic systems and therefore have discrete energy levels, similar to atoms or molecules. The size distribution...... of quantum dots, however, results in a large inhomogeneous broadening of quantum dot spectra. Work on self-assembled InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots will be presented. Properties of atom-like single-dot states are investigated optically using high spatial and spectral resolution. Single-dot spectra can be used...

  17. Formation mechanism and optimization of highly luminescent N-doped graphene quantum dots

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    Qu, Dan; Zheng, Min; Zhang, Ligong; Zhao, Haifeng; Xie, Zhigang; Jing, Xiabin; Haddad, Raid E.; Fan, Hongyou; Sun, Zaicheng

    2014-01-01

    Photoluminescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have received enormous attention because of their unique chemical, electronic and optical properties. Here a series of GQDs were synthesized under hydrothermal processes in order to investigate the formation process and optical properties of N-doped GQDs. Citric acid (CA) was used as a carbon precursor and self-assembled into sheet structure in a basic condition and formed N-free GQD graphite framework through intermolecular dehydrolysis reaction. N-doped GQDs were prepared using a series of N-containing bases such as urea. Detailed structural and property studies demonstrated the formation mechanism of N-doped GQDs for tunable optical emissions. Hydrothermal conditions promote formation of amide between –NH2 and –COOH with the presence of amine in the reaction. The intramoleculur dehydrolysis between neighbour amide and COOH groups led to formation of pyrrolic N in the graphene framework. Further, the pyrrolic N transformed to graphite N under hydrothermal conditions. N-doping results in a great improvement of PL quantum yield (QY) of GQDs. By optimized reaction conditions, the highest PL QY (94%) of N-doped GQDs was obtained using CA as a carbon source and ethylene diamine as a N source. The obtained N-doped GQDs exhibit an excitation-independent blue emission with single exponential lifetime decay. PMID:24938871

  18. Electrical And Optical Properties Of Colloidal Quantum Dots And Quantum Dot Networks: Role Of Surface States And Using Biomolecular Links In Network Assembly

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    Stroscio, Michael A; Dutta, Mitra; Ramadurai, Dinakar; Shi, Peng; Li, Yang; Alexson, Dimitri; Kohanpour, Babak; Sethuraman, Akil; Saini, Vikas; Raichura, Amit; Yang, Jianyong

    2004-01-01

    .... Absorption spectra and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of colloidal cadmium sulfide (CdS) quantum dots are analyzed to investigate the role of surface states in determining the electrical and optical properties of these semiconductor quantum dots...

  19. High-temperature photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy of Al0.60Ga0.40N/Al0.70Ga0.30N multiple quantum wells

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    Murotani, Hideaki; Nakamura, Katsuto; Fukuno, Tomonori; Miyake, Hideto; Hiramatsu, Kazumasa; Yamada, Yoichi

    2017-02-01

    The excitonic optical properties of an Al0.60Ga0.40N/Al0.70Ga0.30N multiple quantum well (MQW) structure were studied using photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation (PLE) spectroscopy at high temperatures. Clear excitonic PL was observed at temperatures up to 750 K. Biexciton luminescence was clearly observed even at this high temperature. These observations unambiguously demonstrated the extremely high thermal stability of biexcitons in this MQW. Furthermore, additional PL peaks were observed on the low-energy side of the biexciton luminescence. The observation of biexciton two-photon resonance in the PLE spectra of these peaks indicates that these peaks can be explained by processes involving inelastic scattering of excitons and biexcitons.

  20. Spin storage in quantum dot ensembles and single quantum dots

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    Heiss, Dominik

    2009-10-15

    This thesis deals with the investigation of spin relaxation of electrons and holes in small ensembles of self-assembled quantum dots using optical techniques. Furthermore, a method to detect the spin orientation in a single quantum dot was developed in the framework of this thesis. A spin storage device was used to optically generate oriented electron spins in small frequency selected quantum dot ensembles using circularly polarized optical excitation. The spin orientation can be determined by the polarization of the time delayed electroluminescence signal generated by the device after a continuously variable storage time. The degree of spin polarized initialization was found to be limited to 0.6 at high magnetic fields, where anisotropic effects are compensated. The spin relaxation was directly measured as a function of magnetic field, lattice temperature and s-shell transition energy of the quantum dot by varying the spin storage time up to 30 ms. Very long spin lifetimes are obtained with a lower limit of T{sub 1}=20 ms at B=4 T and T=1 K. A strong magnetic field dependence T{sub 1}{proportional_to}B{sup -5} has been observed for low temperatures of T=1 K which weakens as the temperature is increased. In addition, the temperature dependence has been determined with T{sub 1}{proportional_to}T{sup -1}. The characteristic dependencies on magnetic field and temperature lead to the identification of the spin relaxation mechanism, which is governed by spin-orbit coupling and mediated by single phonon scattering. This finding is qualitatively supported by the energy dependent measurements. The investigations were extended to a modified device design that enabled studying the spin relaxation dynamics of heavy holes in self-assembled quantum dots. The measurements show a polarization memory effect for holes with up to 0.1 degree of polarization. Furthermore, investigations of the time dynamics of the hole spin relaxation reveal surprisingly long lifetimes T{sub 1}{sup h

  1. Solution-processed, high-performance light-emitting diodes based on quantum dots

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    Dai, Xingliang; Zhang, Zhenxing; Jin, Yizheng; Niu, Yuan; Cao, Hujia; Liang, Xiaoyong; Chen, Liwei; Wang, Jianpu; Peng, Xiaogang

    2014-11-01

    Solution-processed optoelectronic and electronic devices are attractive owing to the potential for low-cost fabrication of large-area devices and the compatibility with lightweight, flexible plastic substrates. Solution-processed light-emitting diodes (LEDs) using conjugated polymers or quantum dots as emitters have attracted great interest over the past two decades. However, the overall performance of solution-processed LEDs--including their efficiency, efficiency roll-off at high current densities, turn-on voltage and lifetime under operational conditions--remains inferior to that of the best vacuum-deposited organic LEDs. Here we report a solution-processed, multilayer quantum-dot-based LED with excellent performance and reproducibility. It exhibits colour-saturated deep-red emission, sub-bandgap turn-on at 1.7 volts, high external quantum efficiencies of up to 20.5 per cent, low efficiency roll-off (up to 15.1 per cent of the external quantum efficiency at 100 mA cm-2), and a long operational lifetime of more than 100,000 hours at 100 cd m-2, making this device the best-performing solution-processed red LED so far, comparable to state-of-the-art vacuum-deposited organic LEDs. This optoelectronic performance is achieved by inserting an insulating layer between the quantum dot layer and the oxide electron-transport layer to optimize charge balance in the device and preserve the superior emissive properties of the quantum dots. We anticipate that our results will be a starting point for further research, leading to high-performance, all-solution-processed quantum-dot-based LEDs ideal for next-generation display and solid-state lighting technologies.

  2. High-performance shortwave-infrared light-emitting devices using core-shell (PbS-CdS) colloidal quantum dots.

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    Supran, Geoffrey J; Song, Katherine W; Hwang, Gyu Weon; Correa, Raoul E; Scherer, Jennifer; Dauler, Eric A; Shirasaki, Yasuhiro; Bawendi, Moungi G; Bulović, Vladimir

    2015-02-25

    Core-shell PbS-CdS quantum dots enhance the peak external quantum efficiency of shortwave-infrared light-emitting devices by up to 50-100-fold (compared with core-only PbS devices). This is more than double the efficiency of previous quantum-dot light-emitting devices operating at wavelengths beyond 1 μm, and results from the passivation of the PbS cores by the CdS shells against in situ photoluminescence quenching. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. High volumetric supercapacitor with a long life span based on polymer dots and graphene sheets

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    Wei, Ji-Shi; Chen, Jie; Ding, Hui; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Yong-Gang; Xiong, Huan-Ming

    2017-10-01

    A series of polymer dots/graphene sheets composites with high densities are prepared and tested for supercapacitors. Polymer dots (PDs) are synthesized by one-step method at room temperature. They can effectively increase surface areas of the composites (almost 10 times), and the functional groups from PDs produce high pseudocapacitance, so that the samples exhibit high specific capacitances (e. g., 364.2 F cm-3 at 1 A g-1) and high cycling stability (e. g., more than 95% of the initial capacity retention over 10 000 cycles at different current densities). The optimal sample is employed to fabricate a symmetric supercapacitor, which exhibits an energy density up to 8 Wh L-1 and a power density up to 11 800 W L-1, respectively.

  4. An integrated approach to realizing high-performance liquid-junction quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    McDaniel, Hunter; Fuke, Nobuhiro; Makarov, Nikolay S.; Pietryga, Jeffrey M.; Klimov, Victor I.

    2013-01-01

    Solution-processed semiconductor quantum dot solar cells offer a path towards both reduced fabrication cost and higher efficiency enabled by novel processes such as hot-electron extraction and carrier multiplication. Here we use a new class of low-cost, low-toxicity CuInSexS2−x quantum dots to demonstrate sensitized solar cells with certified efficiencies exceeding 5%. Among other material and device design improvements studied, use of a methanol-based polysulfide electrolyte results in a particularly dramatic enhancement in photocurrent and reduced series resistance. Despite the high vapour pressure of methanol, the solar cells are stable for months under ambient conditions, which is much longer than any previously reported quantum dot sensitized solar cell. This study demonstrates the large potential of CuInSexS2−x quantum dots as active materials for the realization of low-cost, robust and efficient photovoltaics as well as a platform for investigating various advanced concepts derived from the unique physics of the nanoscale size regime. PMID:24322379

  5. Tough photoluminescent hydrogels doped with lanthanide.

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    Wang, Mei Xiang; Yang, Can Hui; Liu, Zhen Qi; Zhou, Jinxiong; Xu, Feng; Suo, Zhigang; Yang, Jian Hai; Chen, Yong Mei

    2015-03-01

    Photoluminescent hydrogels have emerged as novel soft materials with potential applications in many fields. Although many photoluminescent hydrogels have been fabricated, their scope of usage has been severely limited by their poor mechanical performance. Here, a facile strategy is reported for preparing lanthanide (Ln)-alginate/polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels with both high toughness and photoluminescence, which has been achieved by doping Ln(3+) ions (Ln = Eu, Tb, Eu/Tb) into alginate/PAAm hydrogel networks, where Ln(3+) ions serve as both photoluminescent emitters and physical cross-linkers. The resulting hydrogels exhibit versatile advantages including excellent mechanical properties (∼ MPa strength, ≈ 20 tensile strains, ≈ 10(4) kJ m(-3) energy dissipation), good photoluminescent performance, tunable emission color, excellent processability, and cytocompatibility. The developed tough photoluminescent hydrogels hold great promises for expanding the usage scope of hydrogels. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Creating high yield water soluble luminescent graphene quantum dots via exfoliating and disintegrating carbon nanotubes and graphite flakes.

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    Lin, Liangxu; Zhang, Shaowei

    2012-10-21

    We have developed an effective method to exfoliate and disintegrate multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphite flakes. With this technique, high yield production of luminescent graphene quantum dots with high quantum yield and low oxidization can be achieved.

  7. Photoluminescence studies of Mn{sup 4+} ions in YAlO{sub 3} crystals at ambient and high pressure

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    Zhydachevskii, Ya [Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12 Bandera, Lviv 79646 (Ukraine); Galanciak, D [Department of Physics, University of Bydgoszcz, Weyssenhoffa 11, 85-072, Bydgoszcz (Poland); Kobyakov, S [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, 32/46 Aleja Lotnikow, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Berkowski, M [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, 32/46 Aleja Lotnikow, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Kaminska, A [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, 32/46 Aleja Lotnikow, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Suchocki, A [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, 32/46 Aleja Lotnikow, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Zakharko, Ya [I. Franko Lviv National University, 107 Tarnavskogo Street, Lviv 79017 (Ukraine); Durygin, A [CeSMEC, Florida International University, University Park, Miami, FL 33199 (United States)

    2006-12-13

    Detailed investigations of the photoluminescence properties of Mn{sup 4+} (3d{sup 3}) ions in YAlO{sub 3} have been performed in the temperature range 10-600 K. The luminescence of Mn{sup 4+} ions due to the {sup 2}E {yields}{sup 4}A{sub 2} transition consists of two zero-phonon lines (R lines) at 691.3 and 692.7 nm, which became visible only at low temperature, and their vibronic sidebands that cover the range of 660-740 nm. The thermal quenching of the luminescence intensity due to the non-radiative decay occurs at temperatures above 420 K. The temperature dependence of the luminescence decay time shows a quasi-linear decrease from {tau} = 4.9 to 1.6 ms in the temperature range from 90 to 420 K (with a temperature coefficient -0.01 ms K{sup -1}) that makes YAlO{sub 3}:Mn a potentially good phosphor for a fibre optic fluorescence thermometer in this temperature range. The high-pressure low-temperature luminescence measurements in a diamond-anvil cell reveal similar pressure coefficients for Mn{sup 4+} and Cr{sup 3+} dopant ions in YAlO{sub 3}, equal to 1.16 cm{sup -1} kbar{sup -1} and 1.08 cm{sup -1} kbar{sup -1}, respectively.

  8. Infrared photoluminescence of high In-content InN/InGaN multiple-quantum-wells

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    Valdueza-Felip, Sirona; Naranjo, Fernando B.; Gonzalez-Herraez, Miguel [Electronics Department, University of Alcala, Alcala de Henares (Spain); Rigutti, Lorenzo; Julien, Francois H. [Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale, University of Paris Sud XI, UMR 8622 CNRS, Orsay (France); Lacroix, Bertrand; Ruterana, Pierre [Centre de Recherche sur les Ions les Materiaux et la Photonique (CIMAP), UMR 6252, CNRS, ENSICAEN, CEA, UCBN, Caen (France); Fernandez, Susana [Departamento de Energias Renovables, Energia Solar Fotovoltaica, CIEMAT, Madrid (Spain); Monroy, Eva [CEA Grenoble, INAC/SP2M, Grenoble (France)

    2012-01-15

    We report on the thermal evolution of the photoluminescence (PL) from high In-content InN/In{sub 0.9}Ga{sub 0.1}N multiple-quantum wells (MQWs) synthesized by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy on GaN-on-sapphire templates. The structural quality and the well/barrier thickness uniformity in the MQW structure are assessed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy measurements. PL results are compared with the luminescence from a 1-{mu}m-thick InN reference sample. In both cases, the dominant low-temperature (5 K) PL emission peaks at {proportional_to}0.73 eV with a full width at half maximum of {proportional_to}86 meV. The InN layer displays an S-shape evolution of the emission peak energy with temperaure, explained in terms of carrier localization. A carrier localization energy of {proportional_to}12 meV is estimated for the InN layer, in good agreement with the expected carrier concentration. In the case of the MQW structure, an enhancement of the carrier localization associated to the piezoelectric field results in an improved thermal stability of the PL intensity, reaching an internal quantum efficiency of {proportional_to}16%. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Shape-Uniform, High-Quality Monolayered MoS2 Crystals for Gate-Tunable Photoluminescence.

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    Zhang, Xiumei; Nan, Haiyan; Xiao, Shaoqing; Wan, Xi; Ni, Zhenhua; Gu, Xiaofeng; Ostrikov, Kostya

    2017-11-21

    Two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has recently drawn major attention due to its promising applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a scalable method to produce large-area MoS2 monolayers, yet it is challenging to achieve shape-uniform, high-quality monolayered MoS2 grains as random, diverse crystallographic orientations and various shapes are produced in the same CVD process. Here, we report the growth of high-quality MoS2 monolayers with uniform triangular shapes dominating (up to 89%) over other shapes on both SiO2/Si and sapphire substrates. The new confined-space CVD process prevents contamination and helps regulate the Mo/S ratio during the deposition. The as-grown triangular MoS2 monolayers exhibit grain sizes up to 150 μm and possess better crystalline properties and lighter n-type doping concentration than those of the monolayers grown by common CVD methods. The corresponding field effect transistor devices show high electron mobilities of 50-60 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and positive threshold voltages of 21-35 V. This mild n-type behavior makes it possible to regulate the formation of excitons by back-gate voltage due to the interaction of excitons with free charge carriers in the MoS2 channel. As a result, gate-tunable photoluminescence (PL) effect, which is rarely achievable for MoS2 samples prepared by common CVD or mechanical exfoliation, is demonstrated. This study provides a simple versatile approach to fabricating monolayered crystals of MoS2 and other high-quality transition metal dichalcogenides and could lead to new optoelectronic devices based on gate-tunable PL effect.

  10. Surround-gated vertical nanowire quantum dots

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    Van Weert, M.H.M.; Den Heijer, M.; Van Kouwen, M.P.; Algra, R.E.; Bakkers, E.P.A.M.; Kouwenhoven, L.P.; Zwiller, V.

    2010-01-01

    We report voltage dependent photoluminescence experiments on single indium arsenide phosphide (InAsP) quantum dots embedded in vertical surround-gated indium phosphide (InP) nanowires. We show that by tuning the gate voltage, we can access different quantum dot charge states. We study the

  11. Highly photoluminescent polysilsesquioxane hybrids based on weakly fluorescent 1,8-naphthalic anhydride derivatives

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    Pan, Fei; Huang, Miao; Song, Jianhui; Wu, Meng; Xu, Min

    2016-07-01

    A series of highly fluorescent polysilsesquioxane materials based on 1,8-naphthalic anhydride derivatives(XNA) have been prepared. The XNAs were chemically bonded with the polysiloxane. Though the fluorescent intensities of the solution of XNAs with different substitutes make a great difference, some of them are even very weakly emissive, the fluorescent intensities of the corresponding solid polysilsesquioxane materials are strong. In this case, the electronic effect of the substitute became non-important. With restricted molecular motion and J-aggregation, some traditionally weakly fluorescent or non-fluorescent chromophoric organics due to the substituent effect may be used to prepare highly fluorescent materials.

  12. Large Stokes Shift and High Efficiency Luminescent Solar Concentrator Incorporated with CuInS2/ZnS Quantum Dots.

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    Li, Chen; Chen, Wei; Wu, Dan; Quan, Dunhang; Zhou, Ziming; Hao, Junjie; Qin, Jing; Li, Yiwen; He, Zhubing; Wang, Kai

    2015-12-08

    Luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) incorporated with quantum dots (QDs) have been widely regarded as one of the most important development trends of cost-effective solar energy. In this study, for the first time we report a new QDs-LSC integrated with heavy metal free CuInS2/ZnS core/shell QDs with large Stokes shift and high optical efficiency. The as-prepared CuInS2/ZnS QDs possess advantages of high photoluminescence quantum yield of 81% and large Stocks shift more than 150 nm. The optical efficiency of CuInS2/ZnS QDs-LSC reaches as high as 26.5%. Moreover, the power conversion efficiency of the QDs-LSC-PV device reaches more than 3 folds to that of pure PMMA-PV device. Furthermore, the PV device is able to harvest 4.91 folds solar energy with the assistance of this new CuInS2/ZnS QDs-LSC for the same size c-Si PV cell. The results demonstrate that this new CuInS2/ZnS QDs-LSC provides a promising way for the high efficiency, nonhazardous and low cost solar energy.

  13. Highly Luminescent Water-Dispersible NIR-Emitting Wurtzite CuInS2/ZnS Core/Shell Colloidal Quantum Dots

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    2017-01-01

    Copper indium sulfide (CIS) quantum dots (QDs) are attractive as labels for biomedical imaging, since they have large absorption coefficients across a broad spectral range, size- and composition-tunable photoluminescence from the visible to the near-infrared, and low toxicity. However, the application of NIR-emitting CIS QDs is still hindered by large size and shape dispersions and low photoluminescence quantum yields (PLQYs). In this work, we develop an efficient pathway to synthesize highly luminescent NIR-emitting wurtzite CIS/ZnS QDs, starting from template Cu2-xS nanocrystals (NCs), which are converted by topotactic partial Cu+ for In3+ exchange into CIS NCs. These NCs are subsequently used as cores for the overgrowth of ZnS shells (≤1 nm thick). The CIS/ZnS core/shell QDs exhibit PL tunability from the first to the second NIR window (750–1100 nm), with PLQYs ranging from 75% (at 820 nm) to 25% (at 1050 nm), and can be readily transferred to water upon exchange of the native ligands for mercaptoundecanoic acid. The resulting water-dispersible CIS/ZnS QDs possess good colloidal stability over at least 6 months and PLQYs ranging from 39% (at 820 nm) to 6% (at 1050 nm). These PLQYs are superior to those of commonly available water-soluble NIR-fluorophores (dyes and QDs), making the hydrophilic CIS/ZnS QDs developed in this work promising candidates for further application as NIR emitters in bioimaging. The hydrophobic CIS/ZnS QDs obtained immediately after the ZnS shelling are also attractive as fluorophores in luminescent solar concentrators. PMID:28638177

  14. Photoluminescence and AFM characterisation of photochemically etched highly resistive n-type silicon

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    Hadjersi, T.; Gabouze, N. [Unite de Developpement de la Technologie du Silicium (UDTS), 2, Bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare, Alger (Algeria); Kooij, E.S. [Solid State Physics, MESA+ Research Institute, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Eschede (Netherlands); Yamamoto, N. [Communications Research Laboratory, Basic and Advanced Research, Division, 4-2-1, Nukui- kitamachi, Koganei,Tokyo, 184-8795 (Japan); Sakamaki, K.; Takai, H. [Tokyo Denki University, Department of Electrical Engineering, 2-2 Kanda-Nishiki-cyo, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-8457 (Japan)

    2005-06-01

    A light-emitting layer has been made on highly resistive n-type silicon (6.4 k and ohm;cm) using photochemical etching in a mixture of HF with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The morphology of the porous films grown after exposure to a He-Ne laser (633 nm) at normal incidence was analysed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The results show that the film obtained are porous and the morphology of the porous layer obtained are shown to be similar to that obtained by the electrochemical method on highly doped silicon. Furthermore, excitation of the porous silicon layer formed on highly resistive silicon samples under He-Cd laser (325 nm) irradiation shows that the PL intensity increases with increasing etching time. The maximum PL spectrum peaked at 636 nm with a FWHM of about 0.3 eV. Finally, the quantum confinement effect has been invoked to explain the bright, visible, room temperature PL of porous silicon (PS). (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Highly tuneable hole quantum dots in Ge-Si core-shell nanowires

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    Brauns, M.; Ridderbos, Joost; Ridderbos, Joost; Li, Ang; van der Wiel, Wilfred Gerard; Bakkers, Erik P.A.M.; Zwanenburg, Floris Arnoud

    2016-01-01

    We define single quantum dots of lengths varying from 60 nm up to nearly half a micron in Ge-Si core-shell nanowires. The charging energies scale inversely with the quantum dot length between 18 and 4 meV. Subsequently, we split up a long dot into a double quantum dot with a separate control over

  16. High color rendering index white light emitting diodes fabricated from a combination of carbon dots and zinc copper indium sulfide quantum dots

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    Sun, Chun; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Yu; Liu, Wenyan; Kalytchuk, Sergii; Kershaw, Stephen V.; Zhang, Tieqiang; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Zhao, Jun; Yu, William W.; Rogach, Andrey L.

    2014-06-01

    In a line with most recent trends in developing non-toxic fluorescent nanomaterials, we combined blue emissive carbon dots with green and red emissive zinc copper indium sulfide (ZCIS) core/shell quantum dots (QDs) to achieve white light-emitting diodes (WLEDs) with a high color rendering index of 93. This indicates that ZCIS QDs, with their broad emission bands, can be employed to effectively make up the emission of carbon dots in the yellow and red regions to produce WLEDs in the wide region of color temperature by tuning the volume ratio of these constituting luminophores. Their electroluminescence characteristics including color rendering index, Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) color coordinates, and color temperatures were evaluated as a function of forward current. The CIE-1931 chromaticity coordinates of the as-prepared WLEDs, exhibiting good stability, were slightly shifted from (0.321, 0.312) at 10 mA to (0.351, 0.322) at 30 mA, which was mainly caused by the different thermal quenching coefficients of carbon dots and ZCIS QDs.

  17. Catastrophic degradation in high-power InGaAs-AlGaAs strained quantum well lasers and InAs-GaAs quantum dot lasers

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    Sin, Yongkun; LaLumondiere, Stephen; Foran, Brendan; Ives, Neil; Presser, Nathan; Lotshaw, William; Moss, Steven C.

    2013-03-01

    Reliability and degradation processes in broad-area InGaAs-AlGaAs strained quantum well (QW) lasers are under investigation because these lasers are indispensible as pump lasers for fiber lasers and amplifiers that have found an increasing number of industrial applications in recent years. Extensive efforts by a number of groups to develop InAs-GaAs quantum dot (QD) lasers have recently led to significant improvement in performance characteristics, but due to a short history of commercialization, high power QD lasers lacks studies in reliability and degradation processes. For the present study, we investigated reliability and degradation processes in MOCVD-grown broad-area InGaAs-AlGaAs strained QW lasers as well as in MBE-grown broad-area InAs-GaAs QD lasers using various failure mode analysis (FMA) techniques. Dots for the QD lasers were formed via a self-assembly process during MBE growth. We employed two different methods to degrade lasers during accelerated life-testing: commercial lifetester and our newly developed time-resolved electroluminescence (TR-EL) set-up. Our TR-EL set-up allows us to observe formation of a hot spot and subsequent formation and progression of dark spots and dark lines through windowed n-contacts during entire accelerated life-tests. Deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and time resolved photoluminescence (TR-PL) techniques were employed to study trap characteristics and carrier dynamics in pre- and post-stressed QW and QD lasers to identify the root causes of catastrophic degradation processes in these lasers. We also employed electron beam induced current (EBIC), focused ion beam (FIB), and high resolution TEM to study dark line defects and crystal defects in post-aged QW and QD lasers at different stages of degradation.

  18. Confinement enhancing barriers for high performance quantum dots-in-a-well infrared detectors

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    Barve, A. V.; Sengupta, S.; Kim, J. O.; Sharma, Y. D.; Adhikary, S.; Rotter, T. J.; Lee, S. J.; Kim, Y. H.; Krishna, S.

    2011-11-01

    We demonstrate the use of thin AlGaAs barrier layers in the quantum dots in a well heterostructure to enhance the quantum confinement of carriers in the excited energy level, while maintaining high escape probability. This is achieved by controlling the excited state energy between the confinement enhancing (CE) barriers and the continuum level. Responsivity of ˜0.1 A/W, detectivity of 6.5 × 1010 cmHz1/2 W-1 (77 K, 0.6 V, 7.5 µm, f/2), and a factor of 10 improvement over a control sample without the CE barriers have been measured. The effect of changing the quantum well thickness and quantum dot size is also reported.

  19. Novel cookie-with-chocolate carbon dots displaying extremely acidophilic high luminescence.

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    Lu, Siyu; Zhao, Xiaohuan; Zhu, Shoujun; Song, Yubin; Yang, Bai

    2014-11-21

    A fluorescent carbon dot with a cookie-with-chocolate film structure (about 5 × 5 μm(2)) showed a high fluorescence quantum yield (61.12%) at low pH. It was hydrothermally synthesized from l-serine and l-tryptophan. The formation mechanism of the film with carbon dots (CDs) was investigated. The film structure was formed by hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interactions between aromatic rings. The strong blue fluorescence of the CDs increased under strong acidic conditions owing to the changes in the N-groups. These cookie-like CDs are attractive for their potential use as effective fluorescent probes for the sensitive detection of aqueous H(+) and Fe(3+).

  20. High-performance graphene-quantum-dot photodetectors

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    Kim, Chang Oh; Hwang, Sung Won; Kim, Sung; Shin, Dong Hee; Kang, Soo Seok; Kim, Jong Min; Jang, Chan Wook; Kim, Ju Hwan; Lee, Kyeong Won; Choi, Suk-Ho; Hwang, Euyheon

    2014-01-01

    ...) behaviors of PDs consisting of multiple-layer GQDs sandwiched between graphene sheets. High detectivity (>10(11) cm Hz(1/2)/W) and responsivity (0.2 ~ 0.5 A/W) are achieved in the broad spectral range from UV to near infrared...

  1. Highly crystalline carbon dots from fresh tomato: UV emission and quantum confinement

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    Liu, Weijian; Li, Chun; Sun, Xiaobo; Pan, Wei; Yu, Guifeng; Wang, Jinping

    2017-12-01

    In this article, fresh tomatoes are explored as a low-cost source to prepare high-performance carbon dots by using microwave-assisted pyrolysis. Given that amino groups might act as nucleophiles for cleaving covalent bridging ester or ether in the crosslinked macromolecules in the biomass bulk, ethylenediamine (EDA) and urea with amino groups were applied as nucleophiles to modulate the chemical composites of the carbon nanoparticles in order to tune their fluorescence emission and enhance their quantum yields. Very interestingly, the carbon dots synthesized in the presence of urea had a highly crystalline nature, a low-degree amorphous surface and were smaller than 5 nm. Moreover, the doped N contributed to the formation of a cyclic form of core that resulted in a strong electron-withdrawing ability within the conjugated C plane. Therefore, this type of carbon dot exhibited marked quantum confinement, with the maximum fluorescence peak located in the UV region. Carbon nanoparticles greater than 20 nm in size, prepared using pristine fresh tomato and in the presence of EDA, emitted surface state controlled fluorescence. Additionally, carbon nanoparticles synthesized using fresh tomato pulp in the presence of EDA and urea were explored for bioimaging of plant pathogenic fungi and the detection of vanillin.

  2. High-Capacitance Hybrid Supercapacitor Based on Multi-Colored Fluorescent Carbon-Dots.

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    Genc, Rukan; Alas, Melis Ozge; Harputlu, Ersan; Repp, Sergej; Kremer, Nora; Castellano, Mike; Colak, Suleyman Gokhan; Ocakoglu, Kasim; Erdem, Emre

    2017-09-11

    Multi-colored, water soluble fluorescent carbon nanodots (C-Dots) with quantum yield changing from 4.6 to 18.3% were synthesized in multi-gram using dated cola beverage through a simple thermal synthesis method and implemented as conductive and ion donating supercapacitor component. Various properties of C-Dots, including size, crystal structure, morphology and surface properties along with their Raman and electron paramagnetic resonance spectra were analyzed and compared by means of their fluorescence and electronic properties. α-Manganese Oxide-Polypyrrole (PPy) nanorods decorated with C-Dots were further conducted as anode materials in a supercapacitor. Reduced graphene oxide was used as cathode along with the dicationic bis-imidazolium based ionic liquid in order to enhance the charge transfer and wetting capacity of electrode surfaces. For this purpose, we used octyl-bis(3-methylimidazolium)diiodide (C8H16BImI) synthesized by N-alkylation reaction as liquid ionic membrane electrolyte. Paramagnetic resonance and impedance spectroscopy have been undertaken in order to understand the origin of the performance of hybrid capacitor in more depth. In particular, we obtained high capacitance value (C = 17.3 μF/cm2) which is exceptionally related not only the quality of synthesis but also the choice of electrode and electrolyte materials. Moreover, each component used in the construction of the hybrid supercapacitor is also played a key role to achieve high capacitance value.

  3. Novel cookie-with-chocolate carbon dots displaying extremely acidophilic high luminescence

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    Lu, Siyu; Zhao, Xiaohuan; Zhu, Shoujun; Song, Yubin; Yang, Bai

    2014-10-01

    A fluorescent carbon dot with a cookie-with-chocolate film structure (about 5 × 5 μm2) showed a high fluorescence quantum yield (61.12%) at low pH. It was hydrothermally synthesized from l-serine and l-tryptophan. The formation mechanism of the film with carbon dots (CDs) was investigated. The film structure was formed by hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interactions between aromatic rings. The strong blue fluorescence of the CDs increased under strong acidic conditions owing to the changes in the N-groups. These cookie-like CDs are attractive for their potential use as effective fluorescent probes for the sensitive detection of aqueous H+ and Fe3+.A fluorescent carbon dot with a cookie-with-chocolate film structure (about 5 × 5 μm2) showed a high fluorescence quantum yield (61.12%) at low pH. It was hydrothermally synthesized from l-serine and l-tryptophan. The formation mechanism of the film with carbon dots (CDs) was investigated. The film structure was formed by hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interactions between aromatic rings. The strong blue fluorescence of the CDs increased under strong acidic conditions owing to the changes in the N-groups. These cookie-like CDs are attractive for their potential use as effective fluorescent probes for the sensitive detection of aqueous H+ and Fe3+. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03965c

  4. High Photoresponsivity Ge-dot PhotoMOSFETs for Low-power Monolithically-Integrated Si Optical Interconnects

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    Kuo, Ming-Hao; Lee, Meng-Chun; Lin, Horng-Chih; George, Tom; Li, Pei-Wen

    2017-03-01

    We report the demonstration of high-photoresponsivity Ge-dot photoMOSFETs in a standard MOS configuration for the detection of 850-1550 nm illumination. Each device has a self-organized, gate-stacking heterostructure of SiO2/Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe-channel which is simultaneously fabricated in a single oxidation step. Superior control of the geometrical size and chemical composition for our Ge nanodots/SiO2/Si1-xGex-shell MOS structure enables the practically-achievable, gate-stacking design for our Ge-dot photoMOSFETs. Both the gate oxide thickness and the diameter of the Ge dots are controllable. Large photocurrent enhancement was achieved for our Ge-dot photoMOSFETs when electrically-biased at ON- and OFF-states based on the Ge dot mediating photovoltaic and photoconductive effects, respectively. Both photoelectric conversion efficiency and response speed are significantly improved by reducing the gate-oxide thickness from 38.5 nm to 3.5 nm, and by decreasing Ge-dot size from 90 nm to 50 nm for a given areal density of Ge dots. Photoresponsivity () values as high as 1.2 × 104 A/W and 300 A/W are measured for 10 nW illumination at 850 nm and 1550 nm, respectively. A response time of 0.48 ns and a 3 dB-frequency of 2 GHz were achieved for 50 nm-Ge-dot photoMOSFETs with channel lengths of 3 μm under pulsed 850 nm illumination.

  5. Highly polarized light emission by isotropic quantum dots integrated with magnetically aligned segmented nanowires

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    Uran, Can; Erdem, Talha; Guzelturk, Burak [Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Department of Physics, and UNAM - National Nanotechnology Research Center, Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, Ankara 06800 (Turkey); Perkgöz, Nihan Kosku [Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Department of Physics, and UNAM - National Nanotechnology Research Center, Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, Ankara 06800 (Turkey); Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskisehir 26555 (Turkey); Jun, Shinae; Jang, Eunjoo [Inorganic Material Laboratory, Material Research Center, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics Co., 130 Samsung-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 443-803 (Korea, Republic of); Demir, Hilmi Volkan, E-mail: volkan@stanfordalumni.org [Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Department of Physics, and UNAM - National Nanotechnology Research Center, Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, Ankara 06800 (Turkey); Luminous Center of Excellence for Semiconductor Lighting and Displays, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Physical and Materials Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2014-10-06

    In this work, we demonstrate a proof-of-concept system for generating highly polarized light from colloidal quantum dots (QDs) coupled with magnetically aligned segmented Au/Ni/Au nanowires (NWs). Optical characterizations reveal that the optimized QD-NW coupled structures emit highly polarized light with an s-to p-polarization (s/p) contrast as high as 15:1 corresponding to a degree of polarization of 0.88. These experimental results are supported by the finite-difference time-domain simulations, which demonstrate the interplay between the inter-NW distance and the degree of polarization.

  6. Bright photoluminescent hybrid mesostructured silica nanoparticles.

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    Miletto, Ivana; Bottinelli, Emanuela; Caputo, Giuseppe; Coluccia, Salvatore; Gianotti, Enrica

    2012-07-28

    Bright photoluminescent mesostructured silica nanoparticles were synthesized by the incorporation of fluorescent cyanine dyes into the channels of MCM-41 mesoporous silica. Cyanine molecules were introduced into MCM-41 nanoparticles by physical adsorption and covalent grafting. Several photoluminescent nanoparticles with different organic loadings have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen physisorption porosimetry. A detailed photoluminescence study with the analysis of fluorescence lifetimes was carried out to elucidate the cyanine molecules distribution within the pores of MCM-41 nanoparticles and the influence of the encapsulation on the photoemission properties of the guests. The results show that highly stable photoluminescent hybrid materials with interesting potential applications as photoluminescent probes for diagnostics and imaging can be prepared by both methods.

  7. Extremely stable temperature characteristics of 1550-nm band, p-doped, highly stacked quantum-dot laser diodes

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    Matsumoto, Atsushi; Akahane, Kouichi; Umezawa, Toshimasa; Yamamoto, Naokatsu

    2017-04-01

    We fabricated 1.55-µm band, broad-area, p-doped, 30-layer stacked quantum-dot (QD) laser diodes (LDs) grown on an InP(311)B substrate via a delta-doping method employing a strain compensation technique. We doped Be atoms to a depth of 5 nm from the bottom of each QD layer. The concentration of Be atoms doped in the InGaAlAs spacer layer was 1 × 1018 cm-3. We observed a strong photoluminescence emission and a relatively coherent surface of QDs using atomic force microscopy. In addition, we observed that the fabricated QD-LDs had extremely stable temperature characteristics, and a characteristic temperature T 0 of more than 2156 K was obtained.

  8. Glycerol-regulated facile synthesis and targeted cell imaging of highly luminescent Ag2Te quantum dots with tunable near-infrared emission.

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    Jin, Hui; Gui, Rijun; Sun, Jie; Wang, Yanfeng

    2016-07-01

    In this work, highly luminescent and emission tunable Ag2Te quantum dots (QDs) were facilely prepared by using water-dispersed glycerol as viscous solvent and CH3COOAg/Na2TeO3 as Ag/Te precursors. Viscous glycerol was utilized to slow the nucleation and growth of QDs at 200°C, and enabled the isolation of QDs with different emission wavelengths. Experimental results revealed that the as-prepared Ag2Te QDs exhibited tunable near-infrared emission from 930 to 1084nm, high photoluminescence (PL) quantum yields (QYs, more than 20%), good photostability and low cytotoxicity. After surface coating of a thin silica shell (∼1.4nm), the resulting NH2 terminated Ag2Te@SiO2-NH2 displayed enhanced PL QYs, higher photostability and biocompatibility when compared with the original Ag2Te QDs. Through a facile carboxy-amine coupling, folic acid (FA) was grafted with Ag2Te@SiO2-NH2 to form Ag2Te@SiO2-FA nanocomposites, which were used for targeted PL imaging of folate receptor over-expressed tumor cells. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  9. Solvatochromism in highly luminescent environmental friendly carbon quantum dots for sensing applications: Conversion of bio-waste into bio-asset.

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    Pramanik, A; Biswas, S; Kumbhakar, P

    2018-02-15

    Recently studies on synthesis and fluorescence based sensing in biocompatible carbon quantum dots (CQDs) have become a widely spoken topic of research due to the several advantageous properties of CQDs in compared to semiconductor quantum dots. In this work, we have reported the rarely reported solvatochromism along-with a high photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield (PLQY) of 22%. Samples have been synthesized by using a simple process of hydrothermal carbonization of a naturally occurring bio-waste i.e. Aegle marmelos leaves powder. The linear absorption and PL emission characteristics of CQDs have been studied in different solvent environments to explore the origin of the observed excitation dependent PL emissions characteristics of the sample. The interesting solvatochromic PL (SPL) behavior of CQDs are observed at an excitation wavelength of 325nm by dispersing them in different polar protic and aprotic solvents, which suggest their possible applications as a replacement of solvatochromic dye molecules for sensing applications. Different polarity functions and molecular-microscopic solvent polarity parameter (ETN) are used to calculate the change in dipole moment (Δδ) of the solute-solvent system and the origin of SPL in CQDs has been explained. The SPL behavior of CQDs has been utilized for fluorescence sensing of organic liquids (Ethanol and Tetrahydrofuran) in water. Whereas, the photo-induced electron transfer mediated quenching in PL of aqueous dispersion of CQDs has led to development of "turn off" fluorescence Fe3+ ion sensor with a detection limit of 0.12μM. Therefore, this work may open a new avenue of conversion of a bio-waste into a fluorescent bio-asset. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Solvatochromism in highly luminescent environmental friendly carbon quantum dots for sensing applications: Conversion of bio-waste into bio-asset

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    Pramanik, A.; Biswas, S.; Kumbhakar, P.

    2018-02-01

    Recently studies on synthesis and fluorescence based sensing in biocompatible carbon quantum dots (CQDs) have become a widely spoken topic of research due to the several advantageous properties of CQDs in compared to semiconductor quantum dots. In this work, we have reported the rarely reported solvatochromism along-with a high photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield (PLQY) of 22%. Samples have been synthesized by using a simple process of hydrothermal carbonization of a naturally occurring bio-waste i.e. Aegle marmelos leaves powder. The linear absorption and PL emission characteristics of CQDs have been studied in different solvent environments to explore the origin of the observed excitation dependent PL emissions characteristics of the sample. The interesting solvatochromic PL (SPL) behavior of CQDs are observed at an excitation wavelength of 325 nm by dispersing them in different polar protic and aprotic solvents, which suggest their possible applications as a replacement of solvatochromic dye molecules for sensing applications. Different polarity functions and molecular-microscopic solvent polarity parameter (ETN) are used to calculate the change in dipole moment (Δδ) of the solute-solvent system and the origin of SPL in CQDs has been explained. The SPL behavior of CQDs has been utilized for fluorescence sensing of organic liquids (Ethanol and Tetrahydrofuran) in water. Whereas, the photo-induced electron transfer mediated quenching in PL of aqueous dispersion of CQDs has led to development of ;turn off; fluorescence Fe3 + ion sensor with a detection limit of 0.12 μM. Therefore, this work may open a new avenue of conversion of a bio-waste into a fluorescent bio-asset.

  11. Application of Inkjet Printing in High-Density Pixelated RGB Quantum Dot-Hybrid LEDs

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    Haverinen, Hanna

    2012-05-23

    Recently, an intriguing solution to obtain better color purity has been to introduce inorganic emissive quantum dots (QDs) into an otherwise OLED structure. The emphasis of this chapter is to present a simple discussion of the first attempts to fabricate high-density, pixelated (quarter video graphics array (QVGA) format), monochromatic and RGB quantum dots light-emitting diodes (QDLEDs), where inkjet printing is used to deposit the light-emitting layer of QDs. It shows some of the factors that have to be considered in order to achieve the desired accuracy and printing quality. The successful operation of the RGB printed devices indicates the potential of the inkjet printing approach in the fabrication of full-color QDLEDs for display application. However, further optimization of print quality is still needed in order to eliminate the formation of pinholes, thus maximizing energy transfer from organic layers to the QDs and in turn increasing the performance of the devices. Controlled Vocabulary Terms: ink jet printing; LED displays; LED lamps; organic light emitting diodes; quantum dots

  12. Towards the Ultimate Limit of Connectivity in Quantum Dots with High Mobility and Clean Gaps

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    Li, Huashan; Zhitomirsky, David; Dave, Shreya; Grossman, Jeffrey

    Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) are especially promising for commercial electronic and optoelectronic applications, yet there is a considerable lack of fundamental understanding of their electronic structure as they couple within thin films. In this work, we applied a combination of computational and experimental techniques to gain insight into the impact of connectivity in CQD assemblies. High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy demonstrates that a range of connectivity between dots in the film is attainable by tuning the CQD size and ligand treatment. These results were complemented by ab-initio simulations within the phonon-assisted charge hopping scenario. We find that both the orbital hybridization and interfacial dipole moment can change the electronic structure substantially; thus, control over the interface structure beyond stoichiometry is necessary to eliminate trap states. In addition, carrier mobility has a strong dependence on the type of connectivity (i.e., bridge vs. necking), the connectivity orientation, carrier energy, and defect states. Based on our calculations, we propose a scheme for improved carrier mobility, by necking the dots for the advantage of large electron coupling, followed by excess I ligand passivation to recover the wavefunction delocalization.

  13. Highly efficient luminescent solar concentrators based on earth-abundant indirect-bandgap silicon quantum dots

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    Meinardi, Francesco; Ehrenberg, Samantha; Dhamo, Lorena; Carulli, Francesco; Mauri, Michele; Bruni, Francesco; Simonutti, Roberto; Kortshagen, Uwe; Brovelli, Sergio

    2017-02-01

    Building-integrated photovoltaics is gaining consensus as a renewable energy technology for producing electricity at the point of use. Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) could extend architectural integration to the urban environment by realizing electrode-less photovoltaic windows. Crucial for large-area LSCs is the suppression of reabsorption losses, which requires emitters with negligible overlap between their absorption and emission spectra. Here, we demonstrate the use of indirect-bandgap semiconductor nanostructures such as highly emissive silicon quantum dots. Silicon is non-toxic, low-cost and ultra-earth-abundant, which avoids the limitations to the industrial scaling of quantum dots composed of low-abundance elements. Suppressed reabsorption and scattering losses lead to nearly ideal LSCs with an optical efficiency of η = 2.85%, matching state-of-the-art semi-transparent LSCs. Monte Carlo simulations indicate that optimized silicon quantum dot LSCs have a clear path to η > 5% for 1 m2 devices. We are finally able to realize flexible LSCs with performances comparable to those of flat concentrators, which opens the way to a new design freedom for building-integrated photovoltaics elements.

  14. High-Sensitivity Charge Detection with a Single-Lead Quantum Dot for Scalable Quantum Computation

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    House, Matthew; Bartlett, Ian; Pakkiam, Prasanna; Koch, Matthias; Peretz, Eldad; van der Heijden, Joost; Kobayashi, Takashi; Rogge, Sven; Simmons, Michelle

    We report the development of a high sensitivity semiconductor charge sensor based on a quantum dot coupled to a single lead, designed to minimize the geometric requirements of a charge sensor for scalable quantum computing architectures. The quantum dot is fabricated in Si:P using atomic precision lithography and its charge transitions are measured with rf reflectometry. A second quantum dot with two leads placed 42 nm away serves as both a charge for the sensor to measure and as a conventional rf single electron transistor (rf-SET) with which to make a comparison of the charge detection sensitivity. We demonstrate sensitivity equivalent to an integration time of 550 ns to detect a single charge with a signal-to-noise ratio of 1, compared with an integration time of 55 ns for the rf-SET. This level of sensitivity is suitable for fast (Communication Technology (Project No. CE110001027) and the U.S. Army Research Office under Contract No. W911NF-13-1-0024.

  15. Magic sized ZnS quantum dots as a highly sensitive and selective fluorescence sensor probe for Ag+ ions.

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    Mandal, Abhijit; Dandapat, Anirban; De, Goutam

    2012-02-07

    A green and simple chemical synthesis of magic sized water soluble blue-emitting ZnS quantum dots (QDs) has been accomplished by reacting anhydrous Zn acetate, sodium sulfide and thiolactic acid (TLA) at room temperature in aqueous solution. Refluxing of this mixture in open air yielded ZnS clusters of about 3.5 nm in diameter showing very strong and narrow photoluminescence properties with long stability. Refluxing did not cause any noticeable size increment of the clusters. As a result, the QDs obtained after different refluxing conditions showed similar absorption and photoluminescence (PL) features. Use of TLA as a capping agent effectively yielded such stable and magic sized QDs. The as-synthesized and 0.5 h refluxed ZnS QDs were used as a fluorescence sensor for Ag(+) ions. It has been observed that after addition of Ag(+) ions of concentration 0.5-1 μM the strong fluorescence of ZnS QDs was almost quenched. The quenched fluorescence can be recovered by adding ethylenediamine to form a complex with Ag(+) ions. The other metal ions (K(+), Ca(2+), Au(3+), Cu(2+), Fe(3+), Mn(2+), Mg(2+), Co(2+)) showed little or no effect on the fluorescence of ZnS QDs when tested individually or as a mixture. In the presence of all these ions, Ag(+) responded well and therefore ZnS QDs reported in this work can be used as a Ag(+) ion fluorescence sensor.

  16. Ga for Zn Cation Exchange Allows for Highly Luminescent and Photostable InZnP-Based Quantum Dots

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    2017-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that a preferential Ga-for-Zn cation exchange is responsible for the increase in photoluminescence that is observed when gallium oleate is added to InZnP alloy QDs. By exposing InZnP QDs with varying Zn/In ratios to gallium oleate and monitoring their optical properties, composition, and size, we conclude that Ga3+ preferentially replaces Zn2+, leading to the formation of InZnP/InGaP core/graded-shell QDs. This cation exchange reaction results in a large increase of the QD photoluminescence, but only for InZnP QDs with Zn/In ≥ 0.5. For InP QDs that do not contain zinc, Ga is most likely incorporated only on the quantum dot surface, and a PL enhancement is not observed. After further growth of a GaP shell and a lattice-matched ZnSeS outer shell, the cation-exchanged InZnP/InGaP QDs continue to exhibit superior PL QY (over 70%) and stability under long-term illumination (840 h, 5 weeks) compared to InZnP cores with the same shells. These results provide important mechanistic insights into recent improvements in InP-based QDs for luminescent applications. PMID:28706347

  17. Development of aliphatic biodegradable photoluminescent polymers.

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    Yang, Jian; Zhang, Yi; Gautam, Santosh; Liu, Li; Dey, Jagannath; Chen, Wei; Mason, Ralph P; Serrano, Carlos A; Schug, Kevin A; Tang, Liping

    2009-06-23

    None of the current biodegradable polymers can function as both implant materials and fluorescent imaging probes. The objective of this study was to develop aliphatic biodegradable photoluminescent polymers (BPLPs) and their associated cross-linked variants (CBPLPs) for biomedical applications. BPLPs are degradable oligomers synthesized from biocompatible monomers including citric acid, aliphatic diols, and various amino acids via a convenient and cost-effective polycondensation reaction. BPLPs can be further cross-linked into elastomeric cross-linked polymers, CBPLPs. We have shown representatively that BPLP-cysteine (BPLP-Cys) and BPLP-serine (BPLP-Ser) offer advantages over the traditional fluorescent organic dyes and quantum dots because of their preliminarily demonstrated cytocompatibility in vitro, minimal chronic inflammatory responses in vivo, controlled degradability and high quantum yields (up to 62.33%), tunable fluorescence emission (up to 725 nm), and photostability. The tensile strength of CBPLP-Cys film ranged from 3.25 +/- 0.13 MPa to 6.5 +/- 0.8 MPa and the initial Modulus was in a range of 3.34 +/- 0.15 MPa to 7.02 +/- 1.40 MPa. Elastic CBPLP-Cys could be elongated up to 240 +/- 36%. The compressive modulus of BPLP-Cys (0.6) (1:1:0.6 OD:CA:Cys) porous scaffold was 39.60 +/- 5.90 KPa confirming the soft nature of the scaffolds. BPLPs also possess great processability for micro/nano-fabrication. We demonstrate the feasibility of using BPLP-Ser nanoparticles ("biodegradable quantum dots") for in vitro cellular labeling and noninvasive in vivo imaging of tissue engineering scaffolds. The development of BPLPs and CBPLPs represents a new direction in developing fluorescent biomaterials and could impact tissue engineering, drug delivery, bioimaging.

  18. Deep-red polymer dots with bright two-photon fluorescence and high biocompatibility for in vivo mouse brain imaging

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    Alifu, Nuernisha; Sun, Zezhou; Zebibula, Abudureheman; Zhu, Zhenggang; Zhao, Xinyuan; Wu, Changfeng; Wang, Yalun; Qian, Jun

    2017-09-01

    With high contrast and deep penetration, two-photon fluorescence (2PF) imaging has become one of the most promising in vivo fluorescence imaging techniques. To obtain good imaging contrast, fluorescent nanoprobes with good 2PF properties are highly needed. In this work, bright 2PF polymer dots (P dots) were applied for in vivo mouse brain imaging. Deep-red emissive P dots with PFBT as the donor and PFDBT5 as the acceptor were synthesized and used as a contrast agent. P dots were further encapsulated by poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (PSMA) and grafted with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). The P dots-PEG exhibit large two-photon absorption (2PA) cross-sections (δ≥8500 g), good water dispersibility, and high biocompatibility. P dots-PEG was further utilized first time for in vivo vascular imaging of mouse ear and brain, under 690-900 nm femtosecond (fs) laser excitation. Due to the large 2PA cross-section and deep-red emission, a large imaging depth ( 720 μm) was achieved.

  19. Versatile Tri(pyrazolyl)phosphanes as Phosphorus Precursors for the Synthesis of Highly Emitting InP/ZnS Quantum Dots.

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    Panzer, René; Guhrenz, Chris; Haubold, Danny; Hübner, René; Gaponik, Nikolai; Eychmüller, Alexander; Weigand, Jan J

    2017-08-22

    Tri(pyrazolyl)phosphanes (5(R1,R2) ) are utilized as an alternative, cheap and low-toxic phosphorus source for the convenient synthesis of InP/ZnS quantum dots (QDs). From these precursors, remarkably long-term stable stock solutions (>6 months) of P(OLA)3 (OLAH=oleylamine) are generated from which the respective pyrazoles are conveniently recovered. P(OLA)3 acts simultaneously as phosphorus source and reducing agent in the synthesis of highly emitting InP/ZnS core/shell QDs. These QDs are characterized by a spectral range between 530-620 nm and photoluminescence quantum yields (PL QYs) between 51-62 %. A proof-of-concept white light-emitting diode (LED) applying the InP/ZnS QDs as a color-conversion layer was built to demonstrate their applicability and processibility. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Formation Mechanism of Carbogenic Nanoparticles with Dual Photoluminescence Emission

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    Krysmann, Marta J.

    2012-01-18

    We present a systematic investigation of the formation mechanism of carbogenic nanoparticles (CNPs), otherwise referred to as C-dots, by following the pyrolysis of citric acid (CA)-ethanolamine (EA) precursor at different temperatures. Pyrolysis at 180 °C leads to a CNP molecular precursor with a strongly intense photoluminescence (PL) spectrum and high quantum yield formed by dehydration of CA-EA. At higher temperatures (230 °C) a carbogenic core starts forming and the PL is due to the presence of both molecular fluorophores and the carbogenic core. CNPs that exhibit mostly or exclusively PL arising from carbogenic cores are obtained at even higher temperatures (300 and 400 °C, respectively). Since the molecular fluorophores predominate at low pyrolysis temperatures while the carbogenic core starts forming at higher temperatures, the PL behavior of CNPs strongly depends on the conditions used for their synthesis. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  1. Coherence and dephasing in self-assembled quantum dots

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    Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Leosson, K.; Birkedal, Dan

    2003-01-01

    We measured dephasing times in InGaAl/As self-assembled quantum dots at low temperature using degenerate four-wave mixing. At 0K, the coherence time of the quantum dots is lifetime limited, whereas at finite temperatures pure dephasing by exciton-phonon interactions governs the quantum dot...... coherence. The inferred homogeneous line widths are significantly smaller than the line widths usually observed in the photoluminescence from single quantum dots indicating an additional inhomogeneours broadening mechanism in the latter....

  2. Linewidth statistics of single InGaAs quantum dot photolumincescence lines

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    Leosson, Kristjan; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2000-01-01

    of linewidths is not significantly influenced by small variations in the quantum dot confinement potential. We claim that the wider transition lines are broadened by local electric field fluctuations while narrower lines are homogeneously broadened by acoustic-phonon interactions. The width of narrow single......We have used photoluminescence spectroscopy with high spatial and spectral resolution to measure the linewidths of single emission lines from In0.5Ga0.5As/GaAs self-assembled quantum dots. At 10 K, we find a broad, asymmetric distribution of linewidths with a maximum at 50 mu eV. The distribution...

  3. Statistical study of stacked/coupled site-controlled pyramidal quantum dots and their excitonic properties

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    Moroni, S. T.; Chung, T. H.; Juska, G.; Gocalinska, A.; Pelucchi, E.

    2017-08-01

    We report on stacked multiple quantum dots (QDs) formed inside inverted pyramidal recesses, which allow for the precise positioning of the QDs themselves. Specifically, we fabricated double QDs with varying inter-dot distances and ensembles with more than two nominally highly symmetric QDs. For each, the effect of the interaction between QDs is studied by characterizing a large number of QDs through photoluminescence spectroscopy. A clear red-shift of the emission energy is observed together with a change in the orientation of its polarization, suggesting an increasing interaction between the QDs. Finally, we show how stacked QDs can help influencing the charging of the excitonic complexes.

  4. Size-controlled synthesis of ZnO quantum dots in microreactors

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    Schejn, Aleksandra; Frégnaux, Mathieu; Commenge, Jean-Marc; Balan, Lavinia; Falk, Laurent; Schneider, Raphaël

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, we report on a continuous-flow microreactor process to prepare ZnO quantum dots (QDs) with widely tunable particle size and photoluminescence emission wavelengths. X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction, UV-vis, photoluminescence and transmission electron microscopy measurements were used to characterize the synthesized ZnO QDs. By varying operating conditions (temperature, flow rate) or the capping ligand, ZnO QDs with diameters ranging from 3.6 to 5.2 nm and fluorescence maxima from 500 to 560 nm were prepared. Results obtained show that low reaction temperatures (20 or 35 °C), high flow rates and the use of propionic acid as a stabilizing agent are favorable for the production of ZnO QDs with high photoluminescence quantum yields (up to 30%).

  5. Carbon Dots as Nontoxic and High-Performance Fluorescence Imaging Agents

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    Yang, Sheng-Tao; Wang, Xin; Wang, Haifang; Lu, Fushen; Luo, Pengju G.; Cao, Li; Meziani, Mohammed J.; Liu, Jia-Hui; Liu, Yuanfang; Chen, Min; Huang, Yipu; Sun, Ya-Ping

    2009-01-01

    Fluorescent carbon dots (small carbon nanoparticles with the surface passivated by oligomeric PEG molecules) were evaluated for their cytotoxicity and in vivo toxicity and also for their optical imaging performance in reference to that of the commercially supplied CdSe/ZnS quantum dots. The results suggested that the carbon dots were biocompatible, and their performance as fluorescence imaging agents was competitive. The implication to the use of carbon dots for in vitro and in vivo applicati...

  6. Carbon Dots as Nontoxic and High-Performance Fluorescence Imaging Agents.

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    Yang, Sheng-Tao; Wang, Xin; Wang, Haifang; Lu, Fushen; Luo, Pengju G; Cao, Li; Meziani, Mohammed J; Liu, Jia-Hui; Liu, Yuanfang; Chen, Min; Huang, Yipu; Sun, Ya-Ping

    2009-09-28

    Fluorescent carbon dots (small carbon nanoparticles with the surface passivated by oligomeric PEG molecules) were evaluated for their cytotoxicity and in vivo toxicity and also for their optical imaging performance in reference to that of the commercially supplied CdSe/ZnS quantum dots. The results suggested that the carbon dots were biocompatible, and their performance as fluorescence imaging agents was competitive. The implication to the use of carbon dots for in vitro and in vivo applications is discussed.

  7. Highly luminescent, stable, transparent and flexible perovskite quantum dot gels towards light-emitting diodes

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    Sun, Chun; Shen, Xinyu; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Yu; Chen, Xingru; Ji, Changyin; Shen, Hongzhi; Shi, Hengchong; Wang, Yiding; Yu, William W.

    2017-09-01

    By controlling the hydrolysis of alkoxysilanes, highly luminescent, transparent and flexible perovskite quantum dot (QD) gels were synthesized. The gels could maintain the structure without shrinking and exhibited excellent stability comparing to the QDs in solution. This in situ fabrication can be easily scaled up for large-area/volume gels. The gels integrated the merits of the polymer matrices to avoid the non-uniformity of light output, making it convenient for practical LED applications. Monochrome and white LEDs were fabricated using these QD gels; the LEDs exhibited broader color gamut, demonstrating better property in the backlight display application.

  8. High transmittance optical films based on quantum dot doped nanoscale polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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    Gandhi, Sahil Sandesh; Chien, Liang-Chy

    2016-04-01

    We propose a simple way to fabricate highly transparent nanoscale polymer dispersed liquid crystal (nano-PDLC) films between glass substrates and investigate their incident angle dependent optical transmittance properties with both collimated and Lambertian intensity distribution light sources. We also demonstrate that doping nano-PDLC films with 0.1% InP/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QD) results in a higher optical transmittance. This work lays the foundation for such nanostructured composites to potentially serve as roll-to-roll coatable light extraction or brightness enhancement films in emissive display applications, superior to complex nanocorrugation techniques proposed in the past.

  9. Experimental realization of highly efficient broadband coupling of single quantum dots to a photonic crystal waveguide

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    Lund-Hansen, Toke; Stobbe, Søren; Julsgaard, Brian

    2008-01-01

    We present time-resolved spontaneous emission measurements of single quantum dots embedded in photonic crystal waveguides. Quantum dots that couple to a photonic crystal waveguide are found to decay up to 27 times faster than uncoupled quantum dots. From these measurements -factors of up to 0...

  10. Improved dot size uniformity and luminescense of InAs quantum dots on InP substrate

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    Qiu, Y.; Uhl, D.

    2002-01-01

    InAs self-organized quantum dots have been grown in InGaAs quantum well on InP substrates by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. Atomic Force Microscopy confirmed of quantum dot formation with dot density of 3X10(sup 10) cm(sup -2). Improved dot size uniformity and strong room temperature photoluminescence up to 2 micron were observed after modifying the InGaAs well.

  11. High Crystallinity CuScO2 Delafossite Films Exhibiting Ultraviolet Photoluminescence Grown by Vapor-Liquid-Solid Tri-phase Epitaxy

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    Matsubara, Yuya; Makino, Takayuki; Hiraga, Hiroki; Chen, Chunlin; Tsukimoto, Susumu; Ueno, Kazunori; Kozuka, Yusuke; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2012-01-01

    We have grown direct wide-bandgap CuScO2 thin films on MgAl2O4(111) substrates by tri-phase epitaxy employing molten Bi-O flux on the growth surface. The full width at half maximum of (0006) rocking curve is as narrow as 0.005 degrees, an order of magnitude narrower than those grown by conventional pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Transmission electron microscopy confirms the scarcity of defect structures or precipitates, which are of high density in PLD films. The films exhibit sharp near-bandedge photoluminescence at 3.3 eV, which is absent in PLD films.

  12. Functional surface engineering of C-dots for fluorescent biosensing and in vivo bioimaging.

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    Ding, Changqin; Zhu, Anwei; Tian, Yang

    2014-01-21

    Nanoparticles are promising scaffolds for applications such as imaging, chemical sensors and biosensors, diagnostics, drug delivery, catalysis, energy, photonics, medicine, and more. Surface functionalization of nanoparticles introduces an additional dimension in controlling nanoparticle interfacial properties and provides an effective bridge to connect nanoparticles to biological systems. With fascinating photoluminescence properties, carbon dots (C-dots), carbon-containing nanoparticles that are attracting considerable attention as a new type of quantum dot, are becoming both an important class of imaging probes and a versatile platform for engineering multifunctional nanosensors. In order to transfer C-dots from proof-of-concept studies toward real world applications such as in vivo bioimaging and biosensing, careful design and engineering of C-dot probes is becoming increasingly important. A comprehensive knowledge of how C-dot surfaces with various properties behave is essential for engineering C-dots with useful imaging properties such as high quantum yield, stability, and low toxicity, and with desirable biosensing properties such as high selectivity, sensitivity, and accuracy. Several reviews in recent years have reported preparation methods and properties of C-dots and described their application in biosensors, catalysis, photovoltatic cells, and more. However, no one has yet systematically summarized the surface engineering of C-dots, nor the use of C-dots as fluorescent nanosensors or probes for in vivo imaging in cells, tissues, and living organisms. In this Account, we discuss the major design principles and criteria for engineering the surface functionality of C-dots for biological applications. These criteria include brightness, long-term stability, and good biocompatibility. We review recent developments in designing C-dot surfaces with various functionalities for use as nanosensors or as fluorescent probes with fascinating analytical performance

  13. Color-selective photodetection from intermediate colloidal quantum dots buried in amorphous-oxide semiconductors.

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    Cho, Kyung-Sang; Heo, Keun; Baik, Chan-Wook; Choi, Jun Young; Jeong, Heejeong; Hwang, Sungwoo; Lee, Sang Yeol

    2017-10-10

    We report color-selective photodetection from intermediate, monolayered, quantum dots buried in between amorphous-oxide semiconductors. The proposed active channel in phototransistors is a hybrid configuration of oxide-quantum dot-oxide layers, where the gate-tunable electrical property of silicon-doped, indium-zinc-oxide layers is incorporated with the color-selective properties of quantum dots. A remarkably high detectivity (8.1 × 1013 Jones) is obtained, along with three major findings: fast charge separation in monolayered quantum dots; efficient charge transport through high-mobility oxide layers (20 cm2 V-1 s-1); and gate-tunable drain-current modulation. Particularly, the fast charge separation rate of 3.3 ns-1 measured with time-resolved photoluminescence is attributed to the intermediate quantum dots buried in oxide layers. These results facilitate the realization of efficient color-selective detection exhibiting a photoconductive gain of 107, obtained using a room-temperature deposition of oxide layers and a solution process of quantum dots. This work offers promising opportunities in emerging applications for color detection with sensitivity, transparency, and flexibility.The development of highly sensitive photodetectors is important for image sensing and optical communication applications. Cho et al., report ultra-sensitive photodetectors based on monolayered quantum dots buried in between amorphous-oxide semiconductors and demonstrate color-detecting logic gates.

  14. Pure zinc sulfide quantum dot as highly selective luminescent probe for determination of hazardous cyanide ion

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba, E-mail: mshamsipur@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rajabi, Hamid Reza, E-mail: h.rajabi@mail.yu.ac.ir [Chemistry Department, Yasouj University, Yasouj 75918-74831 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-03-01

    A rapid and simple fluorescence method is presented for selective and sensitive determination of hazardous cyanide ion in aqueous solution based on functionalized zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dot (QD) as luminescent prob. The ultra-small ZnS QDs were synthesized using a chemical co-precipitation method in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol (ME) as an efficient capping agent. The prepared pure ZnS QDs was applied as an optical sensor for determination of cyanide ions in aqueous solutions. ZnS nanoparticles have exhibited a strong fluorescent emission at about 424 nm. The fluorescence intensity of QDs is linearly proportional to the cyanide ion concentration in the range 2.44 × 10{sup −6} to 2.59 × 10{sup −5} M with a detection limit of 1.70 × 10{sup −7} M at pH 11. The designed fluorescent sensor possesses remarkable selectivity for cyanide ion over other anions such as Cl{sup −}, Br{sup −}, F{sup −}, I{sup −}, IO{sub 3}{sup −}, ClO{sub 4}{sup −}, BrO{sub 3}{sup −}, CO{sub 3}{sup 2−}, NO{sub 2}{sup −}, NO{sub 3}{sup −}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}, S{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup 2−}, C{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup 2−}, SCN{sup −}, N{sub 3}{sup −}, citrate and tartarate with negligible influences on the cyanide detection by fluorescence spectroscopy. - Highlights: • Preparation of functionalized ZnS quantum dots in aqueous media • Highly selective quantum dot based luminescent probe for determination of cyanide • Fast and sensitive determination of hazardous CN{sup −} by fluorescence quenching.

  15. Photoluminescent-dielectric duple switch in a perovskite-type high-temperature phase transition compound: [(CH3)3PCH2OCH3][PbBr3].

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    Geng, Fu-Juan; Wu, De-Hong; Zhou, Lin; Shi, Ping-Ping; Li, Peng-Fei; Gao, Ji-Xing; Zheng, Xuan; Fu, Da-Wei; Ye, Qiong

    2017-07-25

    A bistable optical-electrical duple switch belongs to a class of highly satisfying intelligent materials that can transform optical and electrical responses simultaneously in one device. A perovskite-type high-temperature phase transition compound with one-dimensional chain-like crystal structure, ([(CH3)3PCH2OCH3][PbBr3], 1), displays remarkable bistable photoluminescent-dielectric duple switching behaviors. The noteworthy order-disorder transition of the phosphonium cation and the motions of anions contribute to the phase transition, leading to the space group P21/c at a low temperature phase to C2/c at a high temperature phase. 1 exhibits a prominent step-like dielectric anomaly at 401.0 K and demonstrates novel optical properties with a band gap of 3.54 eV. The photoluminescence intensity suddenly declines from 398 K to 408 K, which may be attributed to the occurrence of phase transition. The electron cloud distributions of the frontier orbital in compound 1 have been calculated using a DFT program.

  16. Highly sensitive polymerase chain reaction-free quantum dot-based quantification of forensic genomic DNA

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    Tak, Yu Kyung; Kim, Won Young; Kim, Min Jung; Han, Eunyoung [College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of); Han, Myun Soo; Kim, Jong Jin [Forensic DNA Center, National Forensic Service, Seoul 158-707 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Wook [Department of Biological Sciences, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jong Eun [DNA Link, VICHEN CITY Building 3F, Seoul 121-850 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Joon Myong, E-mail: jmsong@snu.ac.kr [College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-04-06

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Genomic DNA quantification were performed using a quantum dot-labeled Alu sequence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This probe provided PCR-free determination of human genomic DNA. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Qdot-labeled Alu probe-hybridized genomic DNAs had a 2.5-femtogram detection limit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Qdot-labeled Alu sequence was used to assess DNA samples for human identification. - Abstract: Forensic DNA samples can degrade easily due to exposure to light and moisture at the crime scene. In addition, the amount of DNA acquired at a criminal site is inherently limited. This limited amount of human DNA has to be quantified accurately after the process of DNA extraction. The accurately quantified extracted genomic DNA is then used as a DNA template in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification for short tandem repeat (STR) human identification. Accordingly, highly sensitive and human-specific quantification of forensic DNA samples is an essential issue in forensic study. In this work, a quantum dot (Qdot)-labeled Alu sequence was developed as a probe to simultaneously satisfy both the high sensitivity and human genome selectivity for quantification of forensic DNA samples. This probe provided PCR-free determination of human genomic DNA and had a 2.5-femtogram detection limit due to the strong emission and photostability of the Qdot. The Qdot-labeled Alu sequence has been used successfully to assess 18 different forensic DNA samples for STR human identification.

  17. High capacity color barcodes: per channel data encoding via orientation modulation in elliptical dot arrays.

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    Bulan, Orhan; Sharma, Gaurav

    2011-05-01

    We present a new high capacity color barcode. The barcode we propose uses the cyan, magenta, and yellow (C,M,Y) colorant separations available in color printers and enables high capacity by independently encoding data in each of these separations. In each colorant channel, payload data is conveyed by using a periodic array of elliptically shaped dots whose individual orientations are modulated to encode the data. The orientation based data encoding provides beneficial robustness against printer and scanner tone variations. The overall color barcode is obtained when these color separations are printed in overlay as is common in color printing. A reader recovers the barcode data from a conventional color scan of the barcode, using red, green, and blue (R,G,B) channels complementary, respectively, to the print C, M, and Y channels. For each channel, first the periodic arrangement of dots is exploited at the reader to enable synchronization by compensating for both global rotation/scaling in scanning and local distortion in printing. To overcome the color interference resulting from colorant absorptions in noncomplementary scanner channels, we propose a novel interference minimizing data encoding approach and a statistical channel model (at the reader) that captures the characteristics of the interference, enabling more accurate data recovery. We also employ an error correction methodology that effectively utilizes the channel model. The experimental results show that the proposed method works well, offering (error-free) operational rates that are comparable to or better than the highest capacity barcodes known in the literature.

  18. Extremely Vivid, Highly Transparent, and Ultrathin Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Choi, Moon Kee; Yang, Jiwoong; Kim, Dong Chan; Dai, Zhaohe; Kim, Junhee; Seung, Hyojin; Kale, Vinayak S; Sung, Sae Jin; Park, Chong Rae; Lu, Nanshu; Hyeon, Taeghwan; Kim, Dae-Hyeong

    2018-01-01

    Displaying information on transparent screens offers new opportunities in next-generation electronics, such as augmented reality devices, smart surgical glasses, and smart windows. Outstanding luminance and transparency are essential for such "see-through" displays to show vivid images over clear background view. Here transparent quantum dot light-emitting diodes (Tr-QLEDs) are reported with high brightness (bottom: ≈43 000 cd m-2 , top: ≈30 000 cd m-2 , total: ≈73 000 cd m-2 at 9 V), excellent transmittance (90% at 550 nm, 84% over visible range), and an ultrathin form factor (≈2.7 µm thickness). These superb characteristics are accomplished by novel electron transport layers (ETLs) and engineered quantum dots (QDs). The ETLs, ZnO nanoparticle assemblies with ultrathin alumina overlayers, dramatically enhance durability of active layers, and balance electron/hole injection into QDs, which prevents nonradiative recombination processes. In addition, the QD structure is further optimized to fully exploit the device architecture. The ultrathin nature of Tr-QLEDs allows their conformal integration on various shaped objects. Finally, the high resolution patterning of red, green, and blue Tr-QLEDs (513 pixels in.-1 ) shows the potential of the full-color transparent display. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Solid-phase synthesis of highly fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots for sensitive and selective probing ferric ions in living cells.

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    Zhang, Haijuan; Chen, Yonglei; Liang, Meijuan; Xu, Laifang; Qi, Shengda; Chen, Hongli; Chen, Xingguo

    2014-10-07

    Carbon quantum dots (C-Dots) have drawn extensive attention in recent years due to their stable physicochemical and photochemical properties. However, the development of nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-doped C-Dots) is still on its early stage. In this paper, a facile and high-output solid-phase synthesis approach was proposed for the fabrication of N-doped, highly fluorescent carbon quantum dots. The obtained N-doped C-Dots exhibited a strong blue emission with an absolute quantum yield (QY) of up to 31%, owing to fluorescence enhancement effect of introduced N atoms into carbon dots. The strong coordination of oxygen-rich groups on N-doped C-Dots to Fe(3+) caused fluorescence quenching via nonradiative electron-transfer, leading to the quantitative detection of Fe(3+). The probe exhibited a wide linear response concentration range (0.01-500 μM) to Fe(3+) with a detection limit of 2.5 nM. Significantly, the N-doped C-Dots possess negligible cytotoxicity, excellent biocompatibility, and high photostability. All these features are favorable for label-free monitoring of Fe(3+) in complex biological samples. It was then successfully applied for the fluorescence imaging of intracellular Fe(3+). As an efficient chemosensor, the N-doped C-Dots hold great promise to broaden applications in biological systems.

  20. Photoluminescence study of high energy proton irradiation on Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films

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    Koo, Bonhyeong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, June Hyuk [Neutron Science Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), 989-111 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Donghyeop [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708 (United States); Ahn, Byung Tae, E-mail: btahn@kaist.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Byungha, E-mail: byungha@kaist.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-03-31

    We have studied the effect of proton irradiation on Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) thin films using photoluminescence (PL). We used a 10 MeV proton beam with varying doses from 10{sup 9} to 10{sup 12} cm{sup −2}. Intensity-dependent low temperature PL measurements suggest that the proton irradiation does not create a new defect level but instead changes the number of preexisting defects in the detection range of the PL system. By comparing PL spectra after the proton irradiation with those obtained after thermal annealing under inert gas as well as under hydrogen gas ambient, we find that the irradiation-induced change in the defect structure does not originate from the incorporation of hydrogen but from energetics of the irradiating particles. Electrical resistivity of the proton irradiated CIGS thin films is shown to decrease after the proton irradiation, and this is explained by the reduction of the concentration of compensating donor-like defects, specifically selenium vacancies, based on the PL results. - Highlights: • Photoluminescence study of 10 MeV proton irradiation on CIGS at 10 K. • Irradiation modified population of existing defects without introducing new levels. • Changes in CIGS by 10 MeV irradiation are due to energetics of irradiating protons.

  1. High excitation photoluminescence effects as a probing tool for the growth of Cu(In,Ga)Se2

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    Moret, Matthieu; Briot, Olivier; Gil, Bernard; Lepetit, Thomas; Arzel, Ludovic; Barreau, Nicolas

    2015-03-01

    Copper Indium Gallium deSelenide (Cu(In,Ga)Se2, CIGS) is a promising material for cost-efficient solar cells. Efficiencies above 20% have already been demonstrated in laboratory, and large area CIGS solar panels are already on the market. However, it is still an interesting issue to find efficient characterization techniques that can be used to validate the quality of the different layers at any step of the process, without having to process a complete cell and measure its electrical properties. In this work, we have deposited CIGS onto Mo coated soda lime glass by co-evaporation, using the so-called three step deposition process. Then, photoluminescence (PL) measurements were made on the samples, in the range of 10K to the room temperature, and the excitation intensity was varied in a very large range, in order to reach non-linear regime. We report the first observation of stimulated emission in mechanisms are discussed. The threshold at which sample photoluminescence changes from spontaneous to stimulated is well known to be sensitive to overall sample quality, and we propose to use this measurement as a probing tool for sample quality. This opens an interesting perspective for characterization of CIGS during solar cell processing.

  2. Semiconducting tin and lead iodide perovskites with organic cations: phase transitions, high mobilities, and near-infrared photoluminescent properties.

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    Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Malliakas, Christos D; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2013-08-05

    A broad organic-inorganic series of hybrid metal iodide perovskites with the general formulation AMI3, where A is the methylammonium (CH3NH3(+)) or formamidinium (HC(NH2)2(+)) cation and M is Sn (1 and 2) or Pb (3 and 4) are reported. The compounds have been prepared through a variety of synthetic approaches, and the nature of the resulting materials is discussed in terms of their thermal stability and optical and electronic properties. We find that the chemical and physical properties of these materials strongly depend on the preparation method. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of 1-4 classifies the compounds in the perovskite structural family. Structural phase transitions were observed and investigated by temperature-dependent single crystal X-ray diffraction in the 100-400 K range. The charge transport properties of the materials are discussed in conjunction with diffuse reflectance studies in the mid-IR region that display characteristic absorption features. Temperature-dependent studies show a strong dependence of the resistivity as a function of the crystal structure. Optical absorption measurements indicate that 1-4 behave as direct-gap semiconductors with energy band gaps distributed in the range of 1.25-1.75 eV. The compounds exhibit an intense near-IR photoluminescence (PL) emission in the 700-1000 nm range (1.1-1.7 eV) at room temperature. We show that solid solutions between the Sn and Pb compounds are readily accessible throughout the composition range. The optical properties such as energy band gap, emission intensity, and wavelength can be readily controlled as we show for the isostructural series of solid solutions CH3NH3Sn(1-x)Pb(x)I3 (5). The charge transport type in these materials was characterized by Seebeck coefficient and Hall-effect measurements. The compounds behave as p- or n-type semiconductors depending on the preparation method. The samples with the lowest carrier concentration are prepared from solution and are n-type; p

  3. Design of a High-Power White Light Source with Colloidal Quantum Dots and Non-Rare-Earth Phosphors

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    Bicanic, Kristopher T.

    This thesis describes the design process of a high-power white light source, using novel phosphor and colloidal quantum dot materials. To incorporate multiple light emitters, we generalized and extended a down-converting layer model. We employed a phosphor mixture comprising of YAG:Ce and K2TiF 6:Mn4+ powders to illustrate the effectiveness of the model. By incorporating experimental photophysical results from the phosphors and colloidal quantum dots, we modeled our system and chose the design suitable for high-power applications. We report a reduction in the correlated color temperature by 600K for phosphor and quantum dot systems, enabling the creation of a warm white light emission at power densities up to 5 kW/cm 2. Furthermore, at this high-power, their emission achieves the digital cinema initiative (DCI) requirements with a luminescence efficacy improvement up to 32% over the stand-alone ceramic YAG:Ce phosphor.

  4. Green Synthesis of Fluorescent Carbon Dots for Selective Detection of Tartrazine in Food Samples.

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    Xu, Hua; Yang, Xiupei; Li, Gu; Zhao, Chuan; Liao, Xiangjun

    2015-08-05

    A simple, economical, and green method for the preparation of water-soluble, high-fluorescent carbon quantum dots (C-dots) has been developed via hydrothermal process using aloe as a carbon source. The synthesized C-dots were characterized by atomic force microscope (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fluorescence spectrophotometer, UV-vis absorption spectra as well as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results reveal that the as-prepared C-dots were spherical shape with an average diameter of 5 nm and emit bright yellow photoluminescence (PL) with a quantum yield of approximately 10.37%. The surface of the C-dots was rich in hydroxyl groups and presented various merits including high fluorescent quantum yield, excellent photostability, low toxicity and satisfactory solubility. Additionally, we found that one of the widely used synthetic food colorants, tartrazine, could result in a strong fluorescence quenching of the C-dots through a static quenching process. The decrease of fluorescence intensity made it possible to determine tartrazine in the linear range extending from 0.25 to 32.50 μM, This observation was further successfully applied for the determination of tartrazine in food samples collected from local markets, suggesting its great potential toward food routine analysis. Results from our study may shed light on the production of fluorescent and biocompatible nanocarbons due to our simple and environmental benign strategy to synthesize C-dots in which aloe was used as a carbon source.

  5. Mercaptopropionic acid-capped Mn(2+):ZnSe/ZnO quantum dots with both downconversion and upconversion emissions for bioimaging applications.

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    Zhao, Bingxia; Yao, Yulian; Yang, Kai; Rong, Pengfei; Huang, Peng; Sun, Kang; An, Xiao; Li, Zhiming; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Li, Wanwan

    2014-11-07

    Doped quantum dots (d-dots) can serve as fluorescent biosensors and biolabels for biological applications. Our study describes a synthesis of mercaptopropionic acid (MPA)-capped Mn(2+):ZnSe/ZnO d-dots through a facile, cost-efficient hydrothermal route. The as-prepared water-soluble d-dots exhibit strong emission at ca. 580 nm, with a photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) as high as 31%, which is the highest value reported to date for such particles prepared via an aqueous route. They also exhibit upconversion emission when excited at 800 nm. With an overall diameter of around 6.7 nm, the d-dots could gain access to the cell nucleus without any surface decoration, demonstrating their promising broad applications as fluorescent labels.

  6. Polymer dots grafted TiO2 nanohybrids as high performance visible light photocatalysts.

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    Li, Gen; Wang, Feng; Liu, Peng; Chen, Zheming; Lei, Ping; Xu, Zhongshan; Li, Zengxi; Ding, Yanfen; Zhang, Shimin; Yang, Mingshu

    2018-01-18

    As a new member of carbon dots (CDs), Polymer dots (PDs) prepared by hydrothermal treatment of polymers, usually consist of the carbon core and the connected partially degraded polymer chains. This type of CDs might possess aqueous solubility, non-toxicity, excellent stability against photo-bleaching and high visible light activity. In this research, PDs were prepared by a moderate hydrothermal treatment of polyvinyl alcohol, and PDs grafted TiO2 (PDs-TiO2) nanohybrids with TiOC bonds were prepared by a facile in-situ hydrothermal treatment of PDs and Ti (SO4)2. Under visible light irradiation, the PDs-TiO2 demonstrate excellent photocatalytic activity for methyl orange degradation, and the photocatalytic rate constant of PDs-TiO2 is 3.6 and 9.5 times higher than that of pure TiO2 and commercial P25, respectively. In addition, the PDs-TiO2 exhibit good recycle stability under UV-Vis light irradiation. The interfacial TiOC bonds and the π-conjugated structures in PDs-TiO2 can act as the pathways to quickly transfer the excited electrons between PDs and TiO2, therefore contribute to the excellent photocatalytic activity. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. High Operating Temperature Midwave Quantum Dot Barrier Infrared Detector (QD-BIRD)

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    Ting, David Z.; Soibel, Alexander; Hill, Cory J.; Keo, Sam A.; Mumolo, Jason M.; Gunapala, Sarath D.

    2012-01-01

    The nBn or XBn barrier infrared detector has the advantage of reduced dark current resulting from suppressed Shockley-Read-Hall (SRH) recombination and surface leakage. High performance detectors and focal plane arrays (FPAs) based on InAsSb absorber lattice matched to GaSb substrate, with a matching AlAsSb unipolar electron barrier, have been demonstrated. The band gap of lattice-matched InAsSb yields a detector cutoff wavelength of approximately 4.2 ??m when operating at 150K. We report results on extending the cutoff wavelength of midwave barrier infrared detectors by incorporating self-assembled InSb quantum dots into the active area of the detector. Using this approach, we were able to extend the detector cutoff wavelength to 6 ?m, allowing the coverage of the full midwave infrared (MWIR) transmission window. The quantum dot barrier infrared detector (QD-BIRD) shows infrared response at temperatures up to 225 K.

  8. Thermodynamic Properties of a Double Ring-Shaped Quantum Dot at Low and High Temperatures

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    Khordad, R.; Sedehi, H. R. Rastegar

    2018-02-01

    In this work, we study thermodynamic properties of a GaAs double ring-shaped quantum dot under external magnetic and electric fields. To this end, we first solve the Schrödinger equation and obtain the energy levels and wave functions, analytically. Then, we calculate the entropy, heat capacity, average energy and magnetic susceptibility of the quantum dot in the presence of a magnetic field using the canonical ensemble approach. According to the results, it is found that the entropy is an increasing function of temperature. At low temperatures, the entropy increases monotonically with raising the temperature for all values of the magnetic fields and it is independent of the magnetic field. But, the entropy depends on the magnetic field at high temperatures. The entropy also decreases with increasing the magnetic field. The heat capacity and magnetic susceptibility show a peak structure. The heat capacity reduces with increasing the magnetic field at low temperatures. The magnetic susceptibility shows a transition between diamagnetic and paramagnetic below for T<4 K. The transition temperature depends on the magnetic field.

  9. Blue Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes with High Electroluminescent Efficiency.

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    Wang, Lishuang; Lin, Jie; Hu, Yongsheng; Guo, Xiaoyang; Lv, Ying; Tang, Zhaobing; Zhao, Jialong; Fan, Yi; Zhang, Nan; Wang, Yunjun; Liu, Xingyuan

    2017-11-08

    High-efficiency blue CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) have been synthesized for display application with emission peak over 460 nm with the purpose of reducing the harmful effect of short-wavelength light to human eyes. To reach a better charge balance, different size ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and electrical properties of ZnO NPs were analyzed. Quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QLEDs) based on as-prepared blue QDs and optimized ZnO NPs have been successfully fabricated. Using small-size ZnO NPs, we have obtained a maximum current efficiency (CE) of 14.1 cd A(-1) and a maximum external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 19.8% for QLEDs with an electroluminescence (EL) peak at 468 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this EQE is the highest value in comparison to the previous reports. The CIE 1931 color coordinates (0.136, 0.078) of this device are quite close to the standard (0.14, 0.08) of National Television System Committee (NTSC) 1953. The color saturation blue QLEDs show great promise for use in next-generation full-color displays.

  10. Graphene quantum dots with nitrogen-doped content dependence for highly efficient dual-modality photodynamic antimicrobial therapy and bioimaging.

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    Kuo, Wen-Shuo; Chen, Hua-Han; Chen, Shih-Yao; Chang, Chia-Yuan; Chen, Pei-Chi; Hou, Yung-I; Shao, Yu-Ting; Kao, Hui-Fang; Lilian Hsu, Chih-Li; Chen, Yi-Chun; Chen, Shean-Jen; Wu, Shang-Rung; Wang, Jiu-Yao

    2017-03-01

    Reactive oxygen species is the main contributor to photodynamic therapy. The results of this study show that a nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dot, serving as a photosensitizer, was capable of generating a higher amount of reactive oxygen species than a nitrogen-free graphene quantum dot in photodynamic therapy when photoexcited for only 3 min of 670 nm laser exposure (0.1 W cm -2 ), indicating highly improved antimicrobial effects. In addition, we found that higher nitrogen-bonding compositions of graphene quantum dots more efficiently performed photodynamic therapy actions than did the lower compositions that underwent identical treatments. Furthermore, the intrinsically emitted luminescence from nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots and high photostability simultaneously enabled it to act as a promising contrast probe for tracking and localizing bacteria in biomedical imaging. Thus, the dual modality of nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots presents possibilities for future clinical applications, and in particular multidrug resistant bacteria. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Nonresonant feeding of photonic crystal nanocavity modes by quantum dots

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    Laucht, A.; Hauke, N.; Neumann, A.; Günthner, T.; Hofbauer, F.; Mohtashami, A.; Müller, K.; Böhm, G.; Bichler, M.; Amann, M.-C.; Kaniber, M.; Finley, J. J.

    2011-05-01

    We experimentally probe the nonresonant feeding of photons into the optical mode of a two dimensional photonic crystal nanocavity from the discrete emission from a quantum dot. For a strongly coupled system of a single exciton and the cavity mode, we track the detuning-dependent photoluminescence intensity of the exciton-polariton peaks at different lattice temperatures. At low temperatures we observe a clear asymmetry in the emission intensity depending on whether the exciton is at higher or lower energy than the cavity mode. At high temperatures this asymmetry vanishes when the probabilities to emit or absorb a phonon become similar. For a different dot-cavity system where the cavity mode is detuned by ΔE >5 meV to lower energy than the single exciton transitions emission from the mode remains correlated with the quantum dot as demonstrated unambiguously by cross-correlation photon counting experiments. By monitoring the temporal evolution of the photoluminescence spectrum, we show that feeding of photons into the mode occurs from multi-exciton transitions. We observe a clear anti-correlation of the mode and single exciton emission; the mode emission quenches as the population in the system reduces toward the single exciton level while the intensity of the mode emission tracks the multi-exciton transitions.

  12. Binding Quantum Dots to Silk Biomaterials for Optical Sensing

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    Disi Lu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Quantum dots (QDs, have great potential for fabricating optical sensing devices and imaging biomaterial degradation in vivo. In the present study, 2-mercaptoethylamine- (MEA- and mercaptopropionic acid- (MPA- capped CdTe-QDs were physically incorporated in silk films that contained a high content (>30% of crystalline beta-sheet structure. The beta-sheets were induced by the addition of glycerol, water annealing, glycerol/annealing, or treatment with methanol. Incorporation of QDs did not influence the formation of beta-sheets. When the films were extracted with water, most QDs remained associated with the silk, based on the retention of photoluminescence in the silk films and negligible photoluminescence in the extracts. Compared to the solution state, photoluminescence intensity significantly decreased for MEA-QDs but not for MPA-QDs in the silk films, while the emission maximum blue shifted (≈4 nm slightly for both. Further film digestion using protease XIV, alpha-chymotrypsin, and the combination of the two proteases suggested that QDs may be bound to the silk beta-sheet regions but not the amorphous regions. QDs photoluminescence in silk films was quenched when the concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 was above 0.2-0.3 mM, indicating the QDs-incorporated silk films can be used to report oxidation potential in solution.

  13. High-power quantum-dot tapered tunable external-cavity lasers based on chirped and unchirped structures.

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    Haggett, Stephanie; Krakowski, Michel; Montrosset, Ivo; Cataluna, Maria Ana

    2014-09-22

    A high-power tunable external cavity laser configuration with a tapered quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifier at its core is presented, enabling a record output power for a broadly tunable semiconductor laser source in the 1.2 - 1.3 µm spectral region. Two distinct optical amplifiers are investigated, using either chirped or unchirped quantum-dot structures, and their merits are compared, considering the combination of tunability and high output power generation. At 1230 nm, the chirped quantum-dot laser achieved a maximum power of 0.62 W and demonstrated nearly 100-nm tunability. The unchirped laser enabled a tunability range of 32 nm and at 1254 nm generated a maximum power of 0.97 W, representing a 22-fold increase in output power compared with similar narrow-ridge external-cavity lasers at the same current density.

  14. HIGH-SPEED SINGLE QUANTUM DOT IMAGING OF IN LIVE CELLS REVEAL HOP DIFFUSION

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    Lagerholm, B. Christoffer; Clausen, Mathias P.

    2011-01-01

    Ultra high-speed single particle tracking (image frame rates 40-50 kHz) experiments with 40 nm gold particles has indicated that lipids and proteins in the plasma membrane undergo hop-diffusion between nanometer sized compartments (Fujiwara et al. (2002) J Cell Biol. 157:1071-81). These findings...... have yet to be independently confirmed. In this work, we show that high-speed single particle tracking with quantum dots (QDs) and using a standard wide-field fluorescence microscope and an EMCCD is possible at image acquisition rates of up to ~2000 Hz. The spatial precision in these experiments is ~40...... nm (as determined from the standard deviation of repeated position measurements of an immobile QD on a cell). Using this system, we show that membrane proteins and lipids, which have been exogenously labeled with functionalized QDs, show examples of three types of motion in the plasma membrane...

  15. Highly Efficient Moisture-Triggered Nanogenerator Based on Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Huang, Yaxin; Cheng, Huhu; Shi, Gaoquan; Qu, Liangti

    2017-11-08

    A high-performance moisture triggered nanogenerator is fabricated by using graphene quantum dots (GQDs) as the active material. GQDs are prepared by direct oxidation and etching of natural graphite powder, which have small sizes of 2-5 nm and abundant oxygen-containing functional groups. After the treatment by electrochemical polarization, the GQDs-based moisture triggered nanogenerator can deliver a high voltage up to 0.27 V under 70% relative humidity variation, and a power density of 1.86 mW cm-2 with an optimized load resistor. The latter value is much higher than the moisture-electric power generators reported previously. The GQD moisture triggered nanogenerator is promising for self-power electronics and miniature sensors.

  16. Quantum-confined photoluminescence from size-controlled boron doped nanocrystalline-Si:H/a-SiC{sub x}:H superlattice

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    Ma, Jun; Ni, Jian, E-mail: elsevier_jianni@163.com; Zhang, JianJun; Liu, Qun; Zhang, XiaoDan; Zhao, Ying

    2014-12-31

    Boron doped nanocrystalline-Si:H/a-SiC{sub x}:H (nc-Si:H/a-SiC{sub x}:H) quantum dot superlattice has been prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition at a low temperature of 150 °C. This method for fabricating superlattice allows controlling both the size and density of Si quantum dots in potential well and the characteristics of potential barrier without subsequent annealing treatment. Cross-section high resolution transmission electron microscopy investigations confirm the periodic multi-layer structure of silicon quantum dots (∼ 2 nm diameter) separated by a-SiC{sub x}:H matrix (2–3 nm thickness) with sharp interface. With strong blue photoluminescence and high perpendicular conductivity, boron doped nc-Si:H/a-SiC{sub x}:H quantum dot superlattice shows great advantages in obtaining applicable blue light emission. - Highlights: • Boron-doped nanocrystalline-Si:H/a-SiC{sub x}:H superlattice was fabricated by PECVD. • Sharp well/barrier interface and relatively high density of Si QDs achieved simultaneously. • Room temperature blue photoluminescence is imputable of the quantum confinement effects.

  17. Formation of uniform high-density and small-size Ge/Si quantum dots by scanning pulsed laser annealing of pre-deposited Ge/Si film

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    Hamza Qayyum

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The capability to fabricate Ge/Si quantum dots with small dot size and high dot density uniformly over a large area is crucial for many applications. In this work, we demonstrate that this can be achieved by scanning a pre-deposited Ge thin layer on Si substrate with a line-focused pulsed laser beam to induce formation of quantum dots. With suitable setting, Ge/Si quantum dots with a mean height of 2.9 nm, a mean diameter of 25 nm, and a dot density of 6×1010 cm−2 could be formed over an area larger than 4 mm2. The average size of the laser-induced quantum dots is smaller while their density is higher than that of quantum dots grown by using Stranski-Krastanov growth mode. Based on the dependence of the characteristics of quantum dots on the laser parameters, a model consisting of laser-induced strain, surface diffusion, and Ostwald ripening is proposed for the mechanism underlying the formation of the Ge/Si quantum dots. The technique demonstrated could be applicable to other materials besides Ge/Si.

  18. Formation of uniform high-density and small-size Ge/Si quantum dots by scanning pulsed laser annealing of pre-deposited Ge/Si film

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    Qayyum, Hamza; Chen, Szu-yuan, E-mail: sychen@ltl.iams.sinica.edu.tw [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, National Central University, Zhongli, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China); Molecular Science and Technology Program, Taiwan International Graduate Program, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Lu, Chieh-Hsun [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, National Central University, Zhongli, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China); Chuang, Ying-Hung [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi 621, Taiwan (China); Lin, Jiunn-Yuan [Department of Physics, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi 621, Taiwan (China)

    2016-05-15

    The capability to fabricate Ge/Si quantum dots with small dot size and high dot density uniformly over a large area is crucial for many applications. In this work, we demonstrate that this can be achieved by scanning a pre-deposited Ge thin layer on Si substrate with a line-focused pulsed laser beam to induce formation of quantum dots. With suitable setting, Ge/Si quantum dots with a mean height of 2.9 nm, a mean diameter of 25 nm, and a dot density of 6×10{sup 10} cm{sup −2} could be formed over an area larger than 4 mm{sup 2}. The average size of the laser-induced quantum dots is smaller while their density is higher than that of quantum dots grown by using Stranski-Krastanov growth mode. Based on the dependence of the characteristics of quantum dots on the laser parameters, a model consisting of laser-induced strain, surface diffusion, and Ostwald ripening is proposed for the mechanism underlying the formation of the Ge/Si quantum dots. The technique demonstrated could be applicable to other materials besides Ge/Si.

  19. Towards a new family of photoluminescent organozinc 8-hydroxyquinolinates with a high propensity to form noncovalent porous materials.

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    Sokołowski, Kamil; Justyniak, Iwona; Sliwiński, Witold; Sołtys, Katarzyna; Tulewicz, Adam; Kornowicz, Arkadiusz; Moszyński, Robert; Lipkowski, Janusz; Lewiński, Janusz

    2012-04-27

    We report on investigations of reactions of tBu(2)Zn with 8-hydroxyquinoline (q-H) and the influence of water on the composition and structure of the final product. A new synthetic approach to photoluminescent zinc complexes with quinolinate ligands was developed that allowed the isolation of a series of structurally diverse and novel alkylzinc 8-hydroxyquinolate complexes: the trinuclear alkylzinc aggregate [tBuZn(q)](3) (1(3)), the pentanuclear oxo cluster [(tBu)(3)Zn(5)(μ(4) -O)(q)(5)] (2), and the tetranuclear hydroxo cluster [Zn(q)(2)](2)[tBuZn(OH)](2) (3). All compounds were characterized in solution by (1)H NMR, IR, UV/Vis, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and in the solid state by X-ray diffraction, TGA, and PL studies. Density functional theory calculations were also carried out for these new Zn(II) complexes to rationalize their luminescence behavior. A detailed analysis of the supramolecular structures of 2 and 3 shows that the unique shape of the corresponding single molecules leads to the formation of extended 3D networks with 1D open channels. Varying the stoichiometry, shape, and supramolecular structure of the resulting complexes leads to changes in their spectroscopic properties. The close-packed crystal structure of 1(3) shows a redshifted emission maximum in comparison to the porous crystal structure of 2 and the THF-solvated structure of 3. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Sensing flexural motion of a photonic crystal membrane with InGaAs quantum dots

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    Carter, S. G.; Bracker, A. S.; Yakes, M. K.; Zalalutdinov, M. K.; Kim, M.; Kim, C. S.; Czarnocki, C.; Scheibner, M.; Gammon, D.

    2017-10-01

    Optical coupling between quantum dots and photonic crystal cavities and waveguides has been studied for many years in order to explore interesting physics and to advance quantum technologies. Here, we demonstrate strain-based coupling between mechanical motion of a photonic crystal membrane and embedded single InGaAs quantum dots. The response to high frequency mechanical vibration is measured for a series of quantum dots along the length of a photonic crystal waveguide for several flexural modes by optically driving the membrane while measuring high resolution time-resolved photoluminescence. The position-dependent response is similar to the measured and calculated displacement profile of the membrane but falls off less rapidly at higher frequencies. These results indicate potential for nanoscale strain sensing with high bandwidth and sensitivity.

  1. A multifunctional ribonuclease A-conjugated carbon dot cluster nanosystem for synchronous cancer imaging and therapy

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    2014-01-01

    Carbon dots exhibit great potential in applications such as molecular imaging and in vivo molecular tracking. However, how to enhance fluorescence intensity of carbon dots has become a great challenge. Herein, we report for the first time a new strategy to synthesize fluorescent carbon dots (C-dots) with high quantum yields by using ribonuclease A (RNase A) as a biomolecular templating agent under microwave irradiation. The synthesized RNase A-conjugated carbon dots (RNase A@C-dots) exhibited quantum yields of 24.20%. The fluorescent color of the RNase A@C-dots can easily be adjusted by varying the microwave reaction time and microwave power. Moreover, the emission wavelength and intensity of RNase A@C-dots displayed a marked excitation wavelength-dependent character. As the excitation wavelength alters from 300 to 500 nm, the photoluminescence (PL) peak exhibits gradually redshifts from 450 to 550 nm, and the intensity reaches its maximum at an excitation wavelength of 380 nm. Its Stokes shift is about 80 nm. Notably, the PL intensity is gradually decreasing as the pH increases, almost linearly dependent, and it reaches the maximum at a pH = 2 condition; the emission peaks also show clearly a redshift, which may be caused by the high activity and perfective dispersion of RNase A in a lower pH solution. In high pH solution, RNase A tends to form RNase A warped carbon dot nanoclusters. Cell imaging confirmed that the RNase A@C-dots could enter into the cytoplasm through cell endocytosis. 3D confocal imaging and transmission electron microscopy observation confirmed partial RNase A@C-dots located inside the nucleus. MTT and real-time cell electronic sensing (RT-CES) analysis showed that the RNase A@C-dots could effectively inhibit the growth of MGC-803 cells. Intra-tumor injection test of RNase A@C-dots showed that RNase A@C-dots could be used for imaging in vivo gastric cancer cells. In conclusion, the as-prepared RNase A@C-dots are suitable for simultaneous

  2. A multifunctional ribonuclease A-conjugated carbon dot cluster nanosystem for synchronous cancer imaging and therapy

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    Liu, Huiyang; Wang, Qin; Shen, Guangxia; Zhang, Chunlei; Li, Chao; Ji, Weihang; Wang, Chun; Cui, Daxiang

    2014-08-01

    Carbon dots exhibit great potential in applications such as molecular imaging and in vivo molecular tracking. However, how to enhance fluorescence intensity of carbon dots has become a great challenge. Herein, we report for the first time a new strategy to synthesize fluorescent carbon dots (C-dots) with high quantum yields by using ribonuclease A (RNase A) as a biomolecular templating agent under microwave irradiation. The synthesized RNase A-conjugated carbon dots (RNase A@C-dots) exhibited quantum yields of 24.20%. The fluorescent color of the RNase A@C-dots can easily be adjusted by varying the microwave reaction time and microwave power. Moreover, the emission wavelength and intensity of RNase A@C-dots displayed a marked excitation wavelength-dependent character. As the excitation wavelength alters from 300 to 500 nm, the photoluminescence (PL) peak exhibits gradually redshifts from 450 to 550 nm, and the intensity reaches its maximum at an excitation wavelength of 380 nm. Its Stokes shift is about 80 nm. Notably, the PL intensity is gradually decreasing as the pH increases, almost linearly dependent, and it reaches the maximum at a pH = 2 condition; the emission peaks also show clearly a redshift, which may be caused by the high activity and perfective dispersion of RNase A in a lower pH solution. In high pH solution, RNase A tends to form RNase A warped carbon dot nanoclusters. Cell imaging confirmed that the RNase A@C-dots could enter into the cytoplasm through cell endocytosis. 3D confocal imaging and transmission electron microscopy observation confirmed partial RNase A@C-dots located inside the nucleus. MTT and real-time cell electronic sensing (RT-CES) analysis showed that the RNase A@C-dots could effectively inhibit the growth of MGC-803 cells. Intra-tumor injection test of RNase A@C-dots showed that RNase A@C-dots could be used for imaging in vivo gastric cancer cells. In conclusion, the as-prepared RNase A@C-dots are suitable for simultaneous therapy

  3. Photoluminescent and biodegradable polycitrate-polyethylene glycol-polyethyleneimine polymers as highly biocompatible and efficient vectors for bioimaging-guided siRNA and miRNA delivery.

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    Wang, Min; Guo, Yi; Yu, Meng; Ma, Peter X; Mao, Cong; Lei, Bo

    2017-05-01

    Development of biodegradable and biocompatible non-viral vectors with intrinsical multifunctional properties such as bioimaging ability for highly efficient nucleic acids delivery still remains a challenge. Here, a biodegradable poly (1,8-octanedio-citric acid)-co-polyethylene glycol grafted with polyethyleneimine (PEI) (POCG-PEI) polymers with the photoluminescent capacity were synthesized for nucleic acids delivery (siRNA and miRNA). POCG-PEI polymers can efficiently bind various nucleic acids, protect them against enzymatic degradation and release the genes in the presence of polyanionic heparin. POCG-PEI also showed a significantly low cytotoxicity, enhanced cellular uptake and high transfection efficiency of nucleic acids, as compared to commercial transfection agents, lipofectamine 2000 (Lipo) and polyethylenimine (PEI 25K). POCG-PEI polymers demonstrate an excellent photostability, which allows for imaging the cells and real-time tracking the nucleic acids delivery. The photoluminescent property, low cytotoxicity, biodegradation, good gene binding and protection ability and high genes delivery efficiency make POCG-PEI highly competitive as a non-virus vector for genes delivery and real-time bioimaging applications. Our results may be also an important step for designing biodegradable biomaterials with multifunctional properties towards bioimaging-guided genes therapeutic applications. Here, a biodegradable poly (1,8-octanedio-citric acid)-co-polyethylene glycol grafted with polyethyleneimine (PEI) (POCG-PEI) polymers with controlled photoluminescent capacity were synthesized for nucleic acids delivery (siRNA and miRNA). POCG-PEI polymers can efficiently bind various nucleic acids, protect them against enzymatic degradation and release the genes in the presence of polyanionic heparin. POCG-PEI also showed a significantly low cytotoxicity, enhanced cellular uptake and high transfection efficiency of nucleic acids, as compared to commercial transfection agents

  4. Carbon quantum dots: synthesis, characterization, and assessment of cytocompatibility.

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    Zhang, Zhengwei; Duan, Yu; Yu, Yan; Yan, Zhengyu; Chen, Jianqiu

    2015-07-01

    A simple method for the synthesis of water-soluble carbon quantum dots (CQDs) has been developed by chemical oxidation treatment of the flour. The as-synthesized CQDs were monodispersed sphere particles with the approximate diameter of 5-8 nm, and exhibited strong fluorescence, excitation-dependent photoluminescence behavior and high photostability in a wide range of pH values. We investigated the cytotoxicity of as-prepared CQDs using rat mesangial cells (RMC). Compared with CdTe quantum dots, CQDs show no apparent cytotoxicity and much better biosafety property. The as-synthesized CQDs were also tested to label and image RMC in vitro and demonstrated to be highly promising biological fluorescent probes.

  5. Enhanced Telecom Emission from Single Group-IV Quantum Dots by Precise CMOS-Compatible Positioning in Photonic Crystal Cavities.

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    Schatzl, Magdalena; Hackl, Florian; Glaser, Martin; Rauter, Patrick; Brehm, Moritz; Spindlberger, Lukas; Simbula, Angelica; Galli, Matteo; Fromherz, Thomas; Schäffler, Friedrich

    2017-03-15

    Efficient coupling to integrated high-quality-factor cavities is crucial for the employment of germanium quantum dot (QD) emitters in future monolithic silicon-based optoelectronic platforms. We report on strongly enhanced emission from single Ge QDs into L3 photonic crystal resonator (PCR) modes based on precise positioning of these dots at the maximum of the respective mode field energy density. Perfect site control of Ge QDs grown on prepatterned silicon-on-insulator substrates was exploited to fabricate in one processing run almost 300 PCRs containing single QDs in systematically varying positions within the cavities. Extensive photoluminescence studies on this cavity chip enable a direct evaluation of the position-dependent coupling efficiency between single dots and selected cavity modes. The experimental results demonstrate the great potential of the approach allowing CMOS-compatible parallel fabrication of arrays of spatially matched dot/cavity systems for group-IV-based data transfer or quantum optical systems in the telecom regime.

  6. Long luminescence lifetime in self-assembled InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots at room temperature

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    Xu, Zhangcheng; Zhang, Yating; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2008-01-01

    Time-resolved photoluminescence PL measurements of high-quality self-assembled small In0.5Ga0.5As/GaAs quantum dots QDs show that the PL decay time of the QD ground state transition is nearly constant when the temperature is below 80 K and increases monotonously from 1.0 to 5.5 ns when the temper......Time-resolved photoluminescence PL measurements of high-quality self-assembled small In0.5Ga0.5As/GaAs quantum dots QDs show that the PL decay time of the QD ground state transition is nearly constant when the temperature is below 80 K and increases monotonously from 1.0 to 5.5 ns when...

  7. Semiconductor quantum dot/albumin complex is a long-life and highly photostable endosome marker.

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    Hanaki, Ken-ichi; Momo, Asami; Oku, Taisuke; Komoto, Atsushi; Maenosono, Shinya; Yamaguchi, Yukio; Yamamoto, Kenji

    2003-03-14

    For the purpose of selecting the efficient dispersion condition of hydrophilic semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in biological buffers, the dispersion of the QDs mixed with a serum albumin from 9 different species or an ovalbumin was compared by a fluorescence intensity analysis. The QDs mixed with sheep serum albumin (SSA) showed the highest fluorescence of all when the mixtures were dissolved in Dulbecco's MEM. QD/SSA complexes were accumulated in the endosome/lysosome of Vero cells and the fluorescence could be detected over a 5-day post-incubation period. The photostability of QD/SSA complexes associated with the endosomes was detectable, at least, 30 times as long as that of fluorescein-labeled dextran involved in endosomes. QD/SSA complex, therefore, can be used as a long-life and highly photostable endosome marker.

  8. A graphene quantum dot photodynamic therapy agent with high singlet oxygen generation

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    Ge, Jiechao; Lan, Minhuan; Zhou, Bingjiang; Liu, Weimin; Guo, Liang; Wang, Hui; Jia, Qingyan; Niu, Guangle; Huang, Xing; Zhou, Hangyue; Meng, Xiangmin; Wang, Pengfei; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhang, Wenjun; Han, Xiaodong

    2014-08-01

    Clinical applications of current photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents are often limited by their low singlet oxygen (1O2) quantum yields, as well as by photobleaching and poor biocompatibility. Here we present a new PDT agent based on graphene quantum dots (GQDs) that can produce 1O2 via a multistate sensitization process, resulting in a quantum yield of ~1.3, the highest reported for PDT agents. The GQDs also exhibit a broad absorption band spanning the UV region and the entire visible region and a strong deep-red emission. Through in vitro and in vivo studies, we demonstrate that GQDs can be used as PDT agents, simultaneously allowing imaging and providing a highly efficient cancer therapy. The present work may lead to a new generation of carbon-based nanomaterial PDT agents with overall performance superior to conventional agents in terms of 1O2 quantum yield, water dispersibility, photo- and pH-stability, and biocompatibility.

  9. Synthetic Conditions for High-Accuracy Size Control of PbS Quantum Dots

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    Zhang, Jianbing; Crisp, Ryan W.; Gao, Jianbo; Kroupa, Daniel M.; Beard, Matthew C.; Luther, Joseph M.

    2015-05-21

    Decreasing the variability in quantum dot (QD) syntheses is desirable for better uniformity of samples for use in QD-based studies and applications. Here we report a highly reproducible linear relationship between the concentration of ligand (in this case oleic acid, OA) and the lowest energy exciton peak position (nm) of the resulting PbS QDs for various hot-injection temperatures. Thus, for a given injection temperature, the size of the PbS QD product is purely controlled by the amount of OA. We used this relationship to study PbS QD solar cells that are fabricated from the same size of PbS QDs but synthesized using four different injection temperatures: 95, 120, 150, and 185 °C. We find that the power conversion efficiency does not depend on injection temperature but that the Voc is higher for QDs synthesized at lower temperatures while the Jsc is improved in higher temperature QDs.

  10. A graphene quantum dot photodynamic therapy agent with high singlet oxygen generation

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    Ge, Jiechao; Lan, Minhuan; Zhou, Bingjiang; Liu, Weimin; Guo, Liang; Wang, Hui; Jia, Qingyan; Niu, Guangle; Huang, Xing; Zhou, Hangyue; Meng, Xiangmin; Wang, Pengfei; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhang, Wenjun; Han, Xiaodong

    2014-01-01

    Clinical applications of current photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents are often limited by their low singlet oxygen (1O2) quantum yields, as well as by photobleaching and poor biocompatibility. Here we present a new PDT agent based on graphene quantum dots (GQDs) that can produce 1O2 via a multistate sensitization process, resulting in a quantum yield of ~1.3, the highest reported for PDT agents. The GQDs also exhibit a broad absorption band spanning the UV region and the entire visible region and a strong deep-red emission. Through in vitro and in vivo studies, we demonstrate that GQDs can be used as PDT agents, simultaneously allowing imaging and providing a highly efficient cancer therapy. The present work may lead to a new generation of carbon-based nanomaterial PDT agents with overall performance superior to conventional agents in terms of 1O2 quantum yield, water dispersibility, photo- and pH-stability, and biocompatibility. PMID:25105845

  11. High-Throughput Quantification of GFP-LC3+ Dots by Automated Fluorescence Microscopy.

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    Bravo-San Pedro, J M; Pietrocola, F; Sica, V; Izzo, V; Sauvat, A; Kepp, O; Maiuri, M C; Kroemer, G; Galluzzi, L

    2017-01-01

    Macroautophagy is a specific variant of autophagy that involves a dedicated double-membraned organelle commonly known as autophagosome. Various methods have been developed to quantify the size of the autophagosomal compartment, which is an indirect indicator of macroautophagic responses, based on the peculiar ability of microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 beta (MAP1LC3B; best known as LC3) to accumulate in forming autophagosomes upon maturation. One particularly convenient method to monitor the accumulation of mature LC3 within autophagosomes relies on a green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged variant of this protein and fluorescence microscopy. In physiological conditions, cells transfected temporarily or stably with a GFP-LC3-encoding construct exhibit a diffuse green fluorescence over the cytoplasm and nucleus. Conversely, in response to macroautophagy-promoting stimuli, the GFP-LC3 signal becomes punctate and often (but not always) predominantly cytoplasmic. The accumulation of GFP-LC3 in cytoplasmic dots, however, also ensues the blockage of any of the steps that ensure the degradation of mature autophagosomes, calling for the implementation of strategies that accurately discriminate between an increase in autophagic flux and an arrest in autophagic degradation. Various cell lines have been engineered to stably express GFP-LC3, which-combined with the appropriate controls of flux, high-throughput imaging stations, and automated image analysis-offer a relatively straightforward tool to screen large chemical or biological libraries for inducers or inhibitors of autophagy. Here, we describe a simple and robust method for the high-throughput quantification of GFP-LC3+ dots by automated fluorescence microscopy. © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. The Synthesis of Amphiphilic Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dot and Its Application in Miniemulsion Polymerization

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    Minxiang Zeng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Although emulsion applications of microscale graphene sheets have attracted much attention recently, nanoscale graphene platelets, namely, graphene quantum dots (GQDs, have been rarely explored in interface science. In this work, we study the interfacial behaviors and emulsion phase diagrams of hydrophobic-functionalized graphene quantum dots (C18-GQDs. Distinctive from pristine graphene quantum dots (p-GQDs, C18-GQDs show several interesting surface-active properties including high emulsification efficiency in stabilizing dodecane-in-water emulsions. We then utilize the C18-GQDs as surfactants in miniemulsion polymerization of styrene, achieving uniform and relatively small polystyrene nanospheres. The high emulsification efficiency, low production cost, uniform morphology, intriguing photoluminescence, and extraordinary stability render C18-GQDs an attractive alternative in surfactant applications.

  13. Development of III-Sb Quantum Dot Systems for High Efficiency Intermediate Band Solar Cells

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    Huffaker, Diana [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Hubbard, Seth [Rochester Inst. of Technology, NY (United States); Norman, Andrew [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2015-07-31

    This project aimed to develop solar cells that can help reduce cost per watt. This work focused on developing solar cells that utilize quantum dot (QD) nanomaterials to provide multijunction solar cell efficiency at the cost of single junction solar cell. We focused on a novel concept known as intermediate band solar cells (IBSC) where an additional energy band is inserted in a single solar cell to accommodate sub-bandgap photons absorption which otherwise are lost through transmission. The additional energy band can be achieved by growing QDs within a solar cell p-n junction. Though numerous studies have been conducted to develop such QD systems, very small improvements in solar energy conversion efficiency have been reported. This is mainly due to non-optimal material parameters such as band gap, band offset etc. In this work, we identified and developed a novel QD material system that meets the requirements of IBSC more closely than the current state-of-the-art technology. To achieve these goals, we focused on three important areas of solar cell design: band structure calculations of new materials, efficient device design for high efficiency, and development of new semiconductor materials. In this project, we focused on III-Sb materials as they possess a wide range of energy bandgaps from 0.2 eV to 2eV. Despite the difficulty involved in realizing these materials, we were successfully developed these materials through a systematic approach. Materials studied in this work are AlAsSb (Aluminum Arsenide Antimonide), InAlAs (Indium Aluminum Arsenide) and InAs (Indium Arsenide). InAs was used to develop QD layers within AlAsSb and InAlAs p-n junctions. As the QDs have very small volume, up to 30 QD layers been inserted into the p-n junction to enhance light absorption. These QD multi-stack devices helped in understanding the challenges associated with the development of quantum dot solar cells. The results from this work show that the quantum dot solar cells indeed

  14. Tuning the Lattice Parameter of InxZnyP for Highly Luminescent Lattice-Matched Core/Shell Quantum Dots

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    Pietra, Francesca|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/355358395; De Trizio, Luca; Hoekstra, Anne W.; Renaud, Nicolas; Prato, Mirko; Grozema, Ferdinand C.; Baesjou, Patrick J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/157416933; Koole, Rolf; Manna, Liberato; Houtepen, Arjan J.

    2016-01-01

    Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) show great promise as LED phosphors due to their tunable narrow-band emission and ability to produce high-quality white light. Currently, the most suitable QDs for lighting applications are based on cadmium, which presents a toxicity problem for consumer applications.

  15. Electronic Structure of ZnO Quantum Dots studied by High-frequency EPR, ESE, ENDOR and ODMR Spectroscopy

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    Baranov, P.G.; Romanov, N.G.; Bundakova, A.P.; de Mello-Donega, Celso; Schmidt, J.

    2016-01-01

    High-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), electron spin echo (ESE), electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) and optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) were applied for the investigation of the electronic properties of ZnO colloidal quantum dots (QDs) which consist of a ZnO

  16. Expansion of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in High Density Dot Culture of Rat Bone Marrow Cells

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    Wang, Ling; Kretlow, James D.; Zhou, Guangdong; Cao, Yilin; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Wen Jie

    2014-01-01

    In vitro expansion of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) remains a challenge in stem cell research and its application. We hypothesize that high density culture is able to expand EPCs from bone marrow by mimicking cell-cell interactions of the bone marrow niche. To test the hypothesis, rat bone marrow cells were either cultured in high density (2×105 cells/cm2) by seeding total 9×105 cells into six high density dots or cultured in regular density (1.6×104 cells/cm2) with the same total number of cells. Flow cytometric analyses of the cells cultured for 15 days showed that high density cells exhibited smaller cell size and higher levels of marker expression related to EPCs when compared to regular density cultured cells. Functionally, these cells exhibited strong angiogenic potentials with better tubal formation in vitro and potent rescue of mouse ischemic limbs in vivo with their integration into neo-capillary structure. Global gene chip and ELISA analyses revealed up-regulated gene expression of adhesion molecules and enhanced protein release of pro-angiogenic growth factors in high density cultured cells. In summary, high density cell culture promotes expansion of bone marrow contained EPCs that are able to enhance tissue angiogenesis via paracrine growth factors and direct differentiation into endothelial cells. PMID:25254487

  17. Charge Transfer across Quantum Dot-Oxide Interfaces for High-Efficiency Photovoltaics

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    Bonn, Mischa

    Metal oxides constitute robust and relatively cheap semiconductor materials that are finding increasing applications in opto-electronics, but their band gaps are typically prohibitively wide for the generation of free charges through the absorption of visible light. Several approaches have been developed to circumvent this drawback. Specifically, the sensitization of mesoporous oxides by semiconductor quantum dot (QD) nanocrystals represents a promising route for the development of low-cost photovoltaics in QD sensitized solar cells. In addition to their tuneable band gap, QDs have the ability to generate multiple charge carriers from single photons by a process called carrier multiplication (CM), which potentially provides a means towards high-efficiency photovoltaics. Although CM has been widely interrogated in colloidal QDs in solution, the collection of those multiple charge carriers at oxide electrodes has not been clearly elucidated. The contribution of CM towards the overall device performance is ultimately determined by a competition between transfer to the electrode material and charge recombination within the QDs. We report interfacial electron transfer dynamics from quantum dots grown directly onto mesoporous oxide films. Such systems are well-suited for achieving efficient multiple charge transfer by CM, as electron transfer from QD-to-oxide is substantially faster than charge recombination. However, despite CM occurring in the QD, only one electron is transferred to the oxide. This seemingly counterintuitive result can be understood by noting that efficient hot electron transfer at the QD-oxide interface can compete with CM within the QDs. Hot electron transfer is observed to occur on sub-100 fs timescales, nulling the CM efficiency. Implications of these results for solar energy conversion are discussed.

  18. High yield and ultrafast sources of electrically triggered entangled-photon pairs based on strain-tunable quantum dots.

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    Zhang, Jiaxiang; Wildmann, Johannes S; Ding, Fei; Trotta, Rinaldo; Huo, Yongheng; Zallo, Eugenio; Huber, Daniel; Rastelli, Armando; Schmidt, Oliver G

    2015-12-01

    Triggered sources of entangled photon pairs are key components in most quantum communication protocols. For practical quantum applications, electrical triggering would allow the realization of compact and deterministic sources of entangled photons. Entangled-light-emitting-diodes based on semiconductor quantum dots are among the most promising sources that can potentially address this task. However, entangled-light-emitting-diodes are plagued by a source of randomness, which results in a very low probability of finding quantum dots with sufficiently small fine structure splitting for entangled-photon generation (∼10(-2)). Here we introduce strain-tunable entangled-light-emitting-diodes that exploit piezoelectric-induced strains to tune quantum dots for entangled-photon generation. We demonstrate that up to 30% of the quantum dots in strain-tunable entangled-light-emitting-diodes emit polarization-entangled photons. An entanglement fidelity as high as 0.83 is achieved with fast temporal post selection. Driven at high speed, that is 400 MHz, strain-tunable entangled-light-emitting-diodes emerge as promising devices for high data-rate quantum applications.

  19. Small Iminocoumarin Derivatives as Red Emitters: From Biological Imaging to Highly Photoluminescent Non-doped Micro- and Nanofibres.

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    Khemakhem, Kacem; Soulié, Marine; Brousses, Rémy; Ammar, Houcine; Abid, Souhir; Fery-Forgues, Suzanne

    2015-05-18

    The fluorescence properties of four derivatives of 3-thienyl-2-(N-dicyanovinyl)iminocoumarin, bearing a diethylamino group in the 7-position or a methoxy group in the 6, 7 and 8 positions, were compared in solution and in the solid state. The 7-diethylamino derivative was strongly fluorescent in various solvents, with marked solvatochromism. Its fluorescence was quenched by aggregation. In contrast, the methoxy derivatives were only moderately or weakly fluorescent in solution, but two of them were strongly photoluminescent in the crystalline state, owing to favourable molecular packing. The 6-methoxy derivative even exhibited spectacular crystallization-enhanced emission, examples of which are particularly rare for this type of dyes. Dyes were tested for biological use. The 7-diethylamino derivative led to particularly strong fluorescence staining of the cytoplasm of HCT-116 colon cancer cells. No fading was observed over prolonged illumination by the microscope light beam, but a phototoxic effect was detected. The use of the dyes as red-emitting materials was also investigated. Using easy-to-implement preparation methods, the compounds self- assembled to give one-dimensional nano- and microsized particles, including millimeter-long microfibres that exhibited clear wave-guiding properties. This study shows the value of these low molecular-weight molecules for the preparation of new orange and red-emitting fluorescent materials based on totally pure dye. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Effect of boron incorporation on the structural and photoluminescence properties of highly-strained InxGa1-xAs/GaAs multiple quantum wells

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    Qi Wang

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In this research, 5-period highly-strained BInGaAs/GaAs multiple quantum wells (MQWs have been successfully grown at 480-510ºC by LP-MOCVD. Room-temperature photoluminescence (RT-PL measurements of BInGaAs/GaAs MQWs showed the peak wavelength as long as 1.17 μm with full-width at half maximum (FWHM of only 29.5 meV. In addition, a slight blue-shift (∼18 meV of PL peak energy of InxGa1-xAs/GaAs MQWs was observed after boron incorporation. It has been found boron incorporation ( 40%, the positive effect of boron incorporation prevailed, i.e., boron incorporation completely suppressed the thickness undulation and lead to the improvement of PL properties.

  1. Controllable synthesis of dual emissive Ag:InP/ZnS quantum dots with high fluorescence quantum yield

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    Yang, Wu; He, Guoxing; Mei, Shiliang; Zhu, Jiatao; Zhang, Wanlu; Chen, Qiuhang; Zhang, Guilin; Guo, Ruiqian

    2017-11-01

    Dual emissive Cd-free quantum dots (QDs) are in great demand for various applications. However, their synthesis has been faced with challenges. Here, we demonstrate the dual emissive Ag:InP/ZnS core/shell QDs with the excellent photoluminescence quantum yield (PL QY) up to 75% and their PL dependence on the reaction temperature, reaction time, the different ZnX2 (X = I, Cl, and Br) precursors, the ratio of In/Zn and the Ag dopant concentration. The as-prepared Ag:InP/ZnS QDs exhibit dual emission with one peak position of about 492 nm owing to the intrinsic emission, and the other peak position of about 575 nm resulting from Ag-doped emission. These dual emissive QDs are integrated with the commercial GaN-based blue LEDs, and the simulation results show that the Ag:InP/ZnS QDs-based white LEDs could realize bright natural white-lights with the luminous efficacy (LE) of 94.2-98.4 lm/W, the color rendering index (CRI) of 82-83 and the color quality scale (CQS) of 82-83 at different correlated color temperatures (CCT). This unique combination of the above properties makes this new class of dual emissive QDs attractive for white LED applications.

  2. One-pot carbonization synthesis of europium-doped carbon quantum dots for highly selective detection of tetracycline

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    Li Liu, Meng; Chen, Bin Bin; Yang, Tong; Wang, Jian; Liu, Xi Dong; Zhi Huang, Cheng

    2017-03-01

    The detection of tetracycline is of great significance because of its damaging effects on human health, such as renal toxicity and hemolytic anemia. Any release of tetracycline into the surrounding environment can produce bacterial drug resistance. We develop a new sensitive and selective detection approach for tetracycline in complex water samples by preparing europium-doped carbon quantum dots (Eu-CQDs) through a simple and rapid carbonization method operating at 200 °C for 5 min. The Eu-CQDs are characterized by blue photoluminescence, excitation-wavelength-dependent emission and excellent stability. Importantly, the fluorescence of the Eu-CQDs can be quenched efficiently by tetracycline, based on the strong inner filter effect mechanism between Eu-CQDs and tetracycline, making the fluorescence intensity ratio (I 0/I) of the Eu-CQDs at 465 nm correlate linearly with the concentration of tetracycline in the range of 0.5-200 μM, with a limit of detection of 0.3 μM. This shows the broad applicability of the Eu-CQDs in pursuing the concepts of simplicity and specificity for analytical purposes.

  3. High efficiency quantum dot and organic LEDs with a back-cavity and a high index substrate

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    Liang, Haowen; Luo, Zhenyue; Zhu, Ruidong; Dong, Yajie; Lee, Jiun-Haw; Zhou, Jianying; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2016-04-01

    We report a back-cavity design to enhance the optical efficiency of a quantum dot light-emitting diode (QLED) or an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) for display and lighting applications. Our simulation results show that the back-cavity design exhibits two major advantages: (1) the transparent electrode helps to increase the transmittance of backward light despite using a semi-transparent metal electrode, and (2) the thickness of the low index optical buffer layer can be optimized to modify the proportion of each optical channel. The proposed back-cavity also helps to lower the refractive index of the high-index substrate from ~2.0 to ~1.8 for achieving high optical efficiency. Finally, the introduced back-cavity does not degrade the color performance of the QLED/OLED.

  4. Strain-Dependent Photoluminescence Behavior of CdSe/CdS Nanocrystals with Spherical, Linear, and Branched Topologies

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    Choi, Charina L.; Koski, Kristie J.; Sivasankar, Sanjeevi; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2009-08-13

    The photoluminescence of CdSe/CdS core/shell quantum dots, nanorods, and tetrapods is investigated as a function of applied hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic pressure. The optoelectronic properties of all three nanocrystal morphologies are affected by strain. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the unique morphology of a tetrapod is highly sensitive to non-isotropic stress environments. Seeded tetrapods can thereby serve as an optical strain gauge, capable of measuring forces on the order of nanonewtons. We anticipate that a nanocrystal strain gauge with optical readout will be useful for applications ranging from sensitive optomechanical devices to investigations of biomechanical processes.

  5. Green synthesis of highly fluorescent carbon quantum dots from sugarcane bagasse pulp

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    Thambiraj, S.; Ravi Shankaran, D.

    2016-12-01

    Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) have great potential due to its advantageous characteristics of highly fluorescent nature and good stability. In this study, we aimed to develop a simple and efficient method for the green synthesis of fluorescent CQDs from sugarcane bagasse, a renewable and sustainable resource. The process involves the top down approach of chemical oxidation followed by exfoliation of sugarcane carbon. The synthesized CQDs was characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, Spectrofluorophotometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The synthesized CQDs possess stable fluorescent properties, good bio-compatibility and high quantum yield. The CQDs are highly crystalline with longitudinal dimensions of 4.1 ± 0.17 nm with an average roughness of around 5 nm. The XRD and TEM analysis indicates that the synthesized CQDs possess face centred cubic crystal structure. The results suggest that the proposed CQDs could be utilized for bio-sensor, bio-imaging and drug delivery applications.

  6. High-response hybrid quantum dots- 2D conductor phototransistors: recent progress and perspectives

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    Sablon, Kimberly A.; Sergeev, Andrei; Najmaei, Sina; Dubey, Madan

    2017-03-01

    Having been inspired by the tremendous progress in material nanoscience and device nanoengineering, hybrid phototransistors combine solution processed colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) with graphene or two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor materials. Novel detectors demonstrate ultrahigh photoconductive gain, high and selective photoresponse, low noise, and very high responsivity in visible- and near-infrared ranges. The outstanding performance of phototransistors is primarily due to the strong, selective, and size tunable absorption of QDs and fast charge transfer in 2D high mobility conductors. However, the relatively small mobility of QD nanomaterials was a technological barrier, which limited the operating rate of devices. Very recent innovations in detector design and significant progress in QD ligand engineering provide effective tools for further qualitative improvements. This article reviews the recent progress in material science, nanophysics, and device engineering related to hybrid phototransistors. Detectors based on various QD nanomaterials and several 2D conductors are compared, and advantages and disadvantages of various nanomaterials for applications in hybrid phototransistors are identified. We also benchmark the experimental characteristics with model results that establish interrelations and tradeoffs between detector characteristics, such as responsivity, dark and noise currents, the photocarrier lifetime, response, and noise bandwidths. We have shown that the most recent phototransistors demonstrate performance limited by the fundamental generation recombination noise in high gain devices. Interrelation between the dynamic range of the detector and the detector sensitivity is discussed. The review is concluded with a brief discussion of the remaining challenges and possible significant improvements in the performance of hybrid phototransistors.

  7. Development of aliphatic biodegradable photoluminescent polymers

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    Yang, Jian; Zhang, Yi; Gautam, Santosh; Liu, Li; Dey, Jagannath; Chen, Wei; Mason, Ralph P.; Serrano, Carlos A.; Schug, Kevin A.; Tang, Liping

    2009-01-01

    None of the current biodegradable polymers can function as both implant materials and fluorescent imaging probes. The objective of this study was to develop aliphatic biodegradable photoluminescent polymers (BPLPs) and their associated cross-linked variants (CBPLPs) for biomedical applications. BPLPs are degradable oligomers synthesized from biocompatible monomers including citric acid, aliphatic diols, and various amino acids via a convenient and cost-effective polycondensation reaction. BPLPs can be further cross-linked into elastomeric cross-linked polymers, CBPLPs. We have shown representatively that BPLP-cysteine (BPLP-Cys) and BPLP-serine (BPLP-Ser) offer advantages over the traditional fluorescent organic dyes and quantum dots because of their preliminarily demonstrated cytocompatibility in vitro, minimal chronic inflammatory responses in vivo, controlled degradability and high quantum yields (up to 62.33%), tunable fluorescence emission (up to 725 nm), and photostability. The tensile strength of CBPLP-Cys film ranged from 3.25 ± 0.13 MPa to 6.5 ± 0.8 MPa and the initial Modulus was in a range of 3.34 ± 0.15 MPa to 7.02 ± 1.40 MPa. Elastic CBPLP-Cys could be elongated up to 240 ± 36%. The compressive modulus of BPLP-Cys (0.6) (1:1:0.6 OD:CA:Cys) porous scaffold was 39.60 ± 5.90 KPa confirming the soft nature of the scaffolds. BPLPs also possess great processability for micro/nano-fabrication. We demonstrate the feasibility of using BPLP-Ser nanoparticles (“biodegradable quantum dots”) for in vitro cellular labeling and noninvasive in vivo imaging of tissue engineering scaffolds. The development of BPLPs and CBPLPs represents a new direction in developing fluorescent biomaterials and could impact tissue engineering, drug delivery, bioimaging. PMID:19506254

  8. Fabrication of optical waveguides inside transparent silica xerogels containing PbS quantum dots using a femtosecond laser

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    Nakashima, Seisuke; Tanaka, Tomoya; Ishida, Akihiro; Mukai, Kohki

    2017-12-01

    The fabrication and photoluminescence properties of waveguide structures inside transparent silica xerogels containing PbS quantum dots (QDs) have been investigated. Stable dispersion of water-soluble PbS QDs, which emit in the wavelength region of 1.3 μm, in silica xerogels was conducted by a sol-gel method using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane. It was found that both the photoluminescence intensity and the dispersion stability are highly sensitive to catalysts, reaction temperature and time, and annealing temperature. Continuous and straight waveguide structures with refractive-index change were obtained by choosing appropriate irradiation conditions. The fabricated waveguides led approximately 60% increase in the intensity of the photoluminescence generated from the PbS QDs.

  9. Polyaniline/carbon nanotube/CdS quantum dot composites with enhanced optical and electrical properties

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    Goswami, Mrinmoy [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, 713209 (India); Ghosh, Ranajit, E-mail: ghosh.ranajit@gmail.com [CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, 713209 (India); Maruyama, Takahiro [Department of Applied Chemistry, Meijo University, Nagoya, 4688502 (Japan); Meikap, Ajit Kumar [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, 713209 (India)

    2016-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A new kind of polyaniline/carbon nanotube/CdS quantum dot composites have been synthesized via in-situ polymerization of aniline monomer. • A degree of increase in conductivity. • Size-dependent optical properties of CdS quantum dots have been observed. - Abstract: A new kind of polyaniline/carbon nanotube/CdS quantum dot composites have been developed via in-situ polymerization of aniline monomer in the presence of dispersed CdS quantum dots (size: 2.7–4.8 nm) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT), which exhibits enhanced optical and electrical properties. The existences of 1st order, 2nd order, and 3rd order longitudinal optical phonon modes, strongly indicate the high quality of synthesized CdS quantum dots. The occurrence of red shift of free exciton energy in photoluminescence is due to size dependent quantum confinement effect of CdS. The conductivity of the composites (for example PANI/CNT/CdS (2 wt.% CdS)) is increased by about 7 of magnitude compared to that of pure PANI indicating a charge transfer between CNT and polymer via CdS quantum dots. This advanced material has a great potential for high-performance of electro-optical applications.

  10. Fast and Straightforward Synthesis of Luminescent Titanium(IV Dioxide Quantum Dots

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    Václav Štengl

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The nucleus of titania was prepared by reaction of solution titanium oxosulphate with hydrazine hydrate. These titania nuclei were used for titania quantum dots synthesis by a simple and fast method. The prepared titanium(IV dioxide quantum dots were characterized by measurement of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, atomic force microscopy (AFM, high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM, and selected area electron diffraction (SAED. The optical properties were determined by photoluminescence (PL spectra. The prepared titanium(IV dioxide quantum dots have the narrow range of UV excitation (365–400 nm and also a close range of emission maxima (450–500 nm.

  11. Photoluminescence properties of the high-brightness Eu3+-doped KNaCa2(PO4)2 phosphors

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    jin, Cheng; Ma, Hengxin; Liu, Qingbo; Li, Xu; Liu, Pengfei

    2014-03-01

    A series of red-emitting phosphors Eu3+-doped KNaCa2(PO4)2 were synthesized by solid-state reaction, and the photoluminescence (PL) properties were also investigated. The excitation spectrum is composed of charge-transfer (CT) of Eu-O and excitation lines of Eu3+ ions. The strongest excitation lines appeared at 393 nm. The emission spectra of KNaCa2(PO4)2:Eu3+ phosphors exhibit five peaks assigned to the 5D0-7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4) transitions of Eu3+ and have dominating emission peak at 621 nm under 393 nm excitation. The luminescence intensity enhanced with increasing Eu3+ content and the emission reached the maximum intensity at x = 0.02 in KNaCa2-x(PO4)2:xEu3+. The effect of the charge compensators on the emission intensity of the phosphors was investigated. The integral intensity of the emission spectrum of KNaCa1.96(PO4)2:0.02Eu3+, 0.02Na+ excited at 393 nm is about 2.4 times as strong as that of Y2O3:0.05Eu3+ commercial red phosphor. The color coordinates for KNaCa1.96(PO4)2:0.02Eu3+,0.02Na+ were measured. The results indicate that KNaCa2(PO4)2:Eu3+ might be a promising phosphor for w-LEDs.

  12. High-density InAs/GaAs{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x} quantum-dot structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy for use in intermediate band solar cells

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    Debnath, M. C., E-mail: mdebnath@cnsi.ucla.edu [Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019 (United States); California NanoSystems Institute and Electrical Engineering Department, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Mishima, T. D.; Santos, M. B.; Cheng, Y.; Whiteside, V. R.; Sellers, I. R. [Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019 (United States); Hossain, K. [Amethyst Research, Inc., 123 Case Circle, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401 (United States); Laghumavarapu, R. B.; Liang, B. L.; Huffaker, D. L. [California NanoSystems Institute and Electrical Engineering Department, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States)

    2016-03-21

    InAs quantum-dot structures were grown using a GaAs{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x} matrix on a GaAs(001) substrate. The use of GaAs{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x} for the buffer and cap layers effectively suppressed coalescence between dots and significantly increased the dot density. The highest density (∼3.5 × 10{sup 11}/cm{sup 2}) was obtained for a nominal 3.0 monolayer deposition of InAs with an Sb composition of x = 13–14% in the GaAs{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x} matrix. When the Sb composition was increased to 18%, the resulting large photoluminescent red shift (∼90 meV) indicated the release of compressive strain inside the quantum dots. For x > 13%, we observed a significant decrease in photoluminescence intensity and an increase in the carrier lifetime (≥4.0 ns). This is attributed to the type-II band alignment between the quantum dots and matrix material.

  13. Multi-color quantum dot tracking using a high-speed hyperspectral line-scanning microscope.

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    Cutler, Patrick J; Malik, Michael D; Liu, Sheng; Byars, Jason M; Lidke, Diane S; Lidke, Keith A

    2013-01-01

    Many cellular signaling processes are initiated by dimerization or oligomerization of membrane proteins. However, since the spatial scale of these interactions is below the diffraction limit of the light microscope, the dynamics of these interactions have been difficult to study on living cells. We have developed a novel high-speed hyperspectral microscope (HSM) to perform single particle tracking of up to 8 spectrally distinct species of quantum dots (QDs) at 27 frames per second. The distinct emission spectra of the QDs allows localization with ∼10 nm precision even when the probes are clustered at spatial scales below the diffraction limit. The capabilities of the HSM are demonstrated here by application of multi-color single particle tracking to observe membrane protein behavior, including: 1) dynamic formation and dissociation of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor dimers; 2) resolving antigen induced aggregation of the high affinity IgE receptor, FcεR1; 3) four color QD tracking while simultaneously visualizing GFP-actin; and 4) high-density tracking for fast diffusion mapping.

  14. Efficient Solid-State Electrochemiluminescence from High-Quality Perovskite Quantum Dot Films.

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    Xue, Jingjing; Zhang, Ziyi; Zheng, Fenfen; Xu, Qin; Xu, Jinchun; Zou, Guizheng; Li, Lingling; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2017-08-15

    Halide perovskite materials have emerged as a new class of revolutionary photovoltaic and optoelectronic nanomaterials. However, the study on electrochemiluminescence (ECL) from halide perovskite nanomaterials is still in its infancy due to their instability, sensitivity, and difficulties in purification and film formation. Here, we propose a scraping coating method for the fabrication of high-quality halide perovskite quantum dot (QD) film on electrode, which shows dense and uniform packing with minimum grain size. When CsPbBr3 QDs are taken as model materials, highly efficient ECL can be obtained from such perovskite QD film with anhydrous ethyl acetate as both electrolyte and coreactant. The CsPbBr3 QD film displays intense and stable ECL with ultranarrow emission spectrum bandwidth (24 nm). The CsPbBr3 QD film shows an extremely high ECL efficiency which is up to 5 times relative to the standard Ru(bpy)32+/tri-n-propylamine system. This approach is universal and also applies to hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite QDs. This work not only extends the properties and applications of halide perovskite materials but also provides a new method for the in-depth study on the structure and properties of these kinds of materials.

  15. Vanadium nitride quantum dot/nitrogen-doped microporous carbon nanofibers electrode for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Wu, Yage; Ran, Fen

    2017-03-01

    In this article, vanadium nitride quantum dot/nitrogen-doped microporous carbon nanofibers (VNQD/CNF) is developed by a method of combination of electrostatic spinning and high-temperature calcination under the atmosphere of NH3: N2 = 3: 2 for high performance supercapacitors. VNQD dispersing into CNF, enrichment of N atom doped in carbon bulk, and abundant porous structure not only prevent the growth and aggregation of VN nanoparticles, improve electrical conductivity, wettability, and stability of the electrode materials, but also enhance fast migration of electrolyte ions during the electrochemical process. Thus, VNQD/CNF exhibits a high specific capacitance of 406.5 F g-1 at 0.5 A g-1 and a good rate capability with a capacitance retention of 75.1% at 5.0 A g-1. Additionally, VNQD/CNF as a negative electrode are combined with Ni(OH)2 as a positive electrode to fabricate the hybrid supercapacitor of VNQD/CNF//Ni(OH)2. Remarkably, at a power density of 774.6 W kg-1, the supercapacitor device delivers an ultrahigh energy density of 31.2 Wh kg-1.

  16. CsSnI3: Semiconductor or metal? High electrical conductivity and strong near-infrared photoluminescence from a single material. High hole mobility and phase-transitions.

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    Chung, In; Song, Jung-Hwan; Im, Jino; Androulakis, John; Malliakas, Christos D; Li, Hao; Freeman, Arthur J; Kenney, John T; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2012-05-23

    CsSnI(3) is an unusual perovskite that undergoes complex displacive and reconstructive phase transitions and exhibits near-infrared emission at room temperature. Experimental and theoretical studies of CsSnI(3) have been limited by the lack of detailed crystal structure characterization and chemical instability. Here we describe the synthesis of pure polymorphic crystals, the preparation of large crack-/bubble-free ingots, the refined single-crystal structures, and temperature-dependent charge transport and optical properties of CsSnI(3), coupled with ab initio first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In situ temperature-dependent single-crystal and synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction studies reveal the origin of polymorphous phase transitions of CsSnI(3). The black orthorhombic form of CsSnI(3) demonstrates one of the largest volumetric thermal expansion coefficients for inorganic solids. Electrical conductivity, Hall effect, and thermopower measurements on it show p-type metallic behavior with low carrier density, despite the optical band gap of 1.3 eV. Hall effect measurements of the black orthorhombic perovskite phase of CsSnI(3) indicate that it is a p-type direct band gap semiconductor with carrier concentration at room temperature of ∼ 10(17) cm(-3) and a hole mobility of ∼585 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). The hole mobility is one of the highest observed among p-type semiconductors with comparable band gaps. Its powders exhibit a strong room-temperature near-IR emission spectrum at 950 nm. Remarkably, the values of the electrical conductivity and photoluminescence intensity increase with heat treatment. The DFT calculations show that the screened-exchange local density approximation-derived band gap agrees well with the experimentally measured band gap. Calculations of the formation energy of defects strongly suggest that the electrical and light emission properties possibly result from Sn defects in the crystal structure, which arise

  17. Techniques for high-speed direct modulation of quantum dot lasers

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    Li, Yan

    As a major component of optical transmitters, directly-modulated semiconductor lasers are widely used in today's fiber optical link systems by taking its advantage of their low cost, compact size and low power consumption. In this work, techniques to improve the high frequency modulation characteristics of semiconductor lasers with a low-dimensional active region medium, specifically quantum dots (QDs), are studied. These techniques include a p-doped active region in single-section QD lasers, the gain-lever effect in two-section lasers and the injection-locking technique. Firstly, the modulation performances of p-doped InAs/GaAs QD lasers were studied. Contrary to the theoretical predictions, the modulation efficiency and the highest relaxation frequency of 1.2-mm cavity length lasers decreasse monotonically with the p-doping level from 0.54 GHz/mA1/2 and 5.3 GHz (un-doped dots), to 0.46 GHz/mAl/2 and 3.6 GHz (40 holes/dot). Although the maximum ground state gain of the p-doped lasers is increases with p-type concentration, the undesired increase in internal losses induces stronger gain saturation and gain compression, thus degrading the high-speed performance. The degradation of the modulation performance of the p-doped device is also attributed to a higher gain compression factor due to the carrier heating effect. Secondly, the gain-lever effect is studied in two-section QD lasers in order to enhance the modulation efficiency and 3-dB bandwidth. An 8-dB modulation efficiency enhancement is achieved using the p-doped QD laser. Due to the stronger gain saturation with carrier density, it is found that un-doped QD devices show a more significant gain-lever effect over p-doped devices. A 20 dB enhancement of the modulation efficiency is demonstrated by the un-doped QD laser. A new modulation response equation is derived under the high photon density approximation, and a 1.7X 3-dB bandwidth improvement is theoretically predicted by the new model and realized in an un

  18. High Efficiency Quantum Dot III-V Multijunction Solar Cell for Space Power Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Quantum dots are nanoscale materials that have already improved the performance of optical sensors, lasers, and light emitting diodes. The unique properties of these...

  19. High Efficiency Quantum Dot III-V Thermophotovoltaic Cell for Space Power Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Quantum dots are nanoscale materials that have already improved the performance of optical sensors, lasers, light emitting diodes and solar cells. The unique...

  20. Surface-Engineered Graphene Quantum Dots Incorporated into Polymer Layers for High Performance Organic Photovoltaics

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    Kim, Jung Kyu; Kim, Sang Jin; Park, Myung Jin; Bae, Sukang; Cho, Sung-Pyo; Du, Qing Guo; Wang, Dong Hwan; Park, Jong Hyeok; Hong, Byung Hee

    2015-01-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs), a newly emerging 0-dimensional graphene based material, have been widely exploited in optoelectronic devices due to their tunable optical and electronic properties depending on their functional groups...

  1. Highly anisotropic decay rate of single quantum dots in photonic crystal membranes

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    Wang, Qin; Stobbe, Søren; Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup

    2010-01-01

    We measured the variation of spontaneous emission rates with polarization for self-assembled single quantum-dots in photonic crystal membranes, and obtained a maximum anisotropy factor of 6 between decay rates of the two nondegenerate bright states.......We measured the variation of spontaneous emission rates with polarization for self-assembled single quantum-dots in photonic crystal membranes, and obtained a maximum anisotropy factor of 6 between decay rates of the two nondegenerate bright states....

  2. Optical anisotropy in vertically coupled quantum dots

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    Yu, Ping; Langbein, Wolfgang Werner; Leosson, Kristjan

    1999-01-01

    We have studied the polarization of surface and edge-emitted photoluminescence (PL) from structures with vertically coupled In0.5Ga0.5As/GaAs quantum dots (QD's) grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The PL polarization is found to be strongly dependent on the number of stacked layers. While single...

  3. Microscopic theory of spatially resolved photoluminescence in disordered nanostructures

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    Di Stefano, O

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Quantum dots have become objects of extensive research activity because of their applications such as advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices. Here we analyse theoretically the optical properties of dots naturally formed by interface fluctuations in GaAs narrow quantum wells. Specifically we present the simulations of local optical spectroscopy and spatially resolved photoluminescence in quantum wells with interface fluctuations. The theory includes light quantization, acoustic phonon scattering, and inhomogeneous sample-excitation and/or light-detection. Such theoretical framework provides a general basis for the description of spectroscopic imaging. Numerically calculated absorption and photoluminescence images clarify the impact of the near-field optical setup and put forward the potentials of the method for the understanding of near-field light emission from semiconductor quantum structures.

  4. Quantitative dot blot analysis (QDB), a versatile high throughput immunoblot method.

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    Tian, Geng; Tang, Fangrong; Yang, Chunhua; Zhang, Wenfeng; Bergquist, Jonas; Wang, Bin; Mi, Jia; Zhang, Jiandi

    2017-08-29

    Lacking access to an affordable method of high throughput immunoblot analysis for daily use remains a big challenge for scientists worldwide. We proposed here Quantitative Dot Blot analysis (QDB) to meet this demand. With the defined linear range, QDB analysis fundamentally transforms traditional immunoblot method into a true quantitative assay. Its convenience in analyzing large number of samples also enables bench scientists to examine protein expression levels from multiple parameters. In addition, the small amount of sample lysates needed for analysis means significant saving in research sources and efforts. This method was evaluated at both cellular and tissue levels with unexpected observations otherwise would be hard to achieve using conventional immunoblot methods like Western blot analysis. Using QDB technique, we were able to observed an age-dependent significant alteration of CAPG protein expression level in TRAMP mice. We believe that the adoption of QDB analysis would have immediate impact on biological and biomedical research to provide much needed high-throughput information at protein level in this "Big Data" era.

  5. Aqueous synthesis of high-fluorescence CdZnTe alloyed quantum dots

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    Cheng, Jingwei; Li, Dongmei, E-mail: dmli@mail.shu.edu.cn; Cheng, Tao; Ren, Bing; Wang, Gang; Li, Jie

    2014-03-15

    Highlights: • We have synthesized the CdZnTe QDs with a Zn/Cd molar ratio from 1 to 7. • The reaction was happened in weak acid condition. • The fluorescence emitting peak was continuously tunable from 490 nm to 660 nm. • The maximum quantum yield of our synthesized CdZnTe QDs has reached 78.97%. • Our sample showed excellent stability against time. -- Abstract: High luminescent CdZnTe quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by a one-step aqueous method using 3-mercapto propionic acid (MPA) as a stabilizer. The as-prepared samples are in good homogeneity and dispersity with an average particle size of 5 nm. Accordingly, the size and composition-dependent fluorescent emission wavelength of the resultant CdZnTe alloyed QDs can be continuously tuned from 490 to 660 nm. Compared with the difficult acquisition of CdZnTe QDs with a high Zn/Cd molar ratio in alkaline condition, CdZnTe QDs with a Zn/Cd molar ratio from 1 to 7 has been obtained in weak acid condition by adjusting the pH value of precursor solution. The maximum quantum yield has reached nearly 80% without any post-treatment. And it also showed excellent stability against time.

  6. Highly sensitive polymerase chain reaction-free quantum dot-based quantification of forensic genomic DNA.

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    Tak, Yu Kyung; Kim, Won Young; Kim, Min Jung; Han, Eunyoung; Han, Myun Soo; Kim, Jong Jin; Kim, Wook; Lee, Jong Eun; Song, Joon Myong

    2012-04-06

    Forensic DNA samples can degrade easily due to exposure to light and moisture at the crime scene. In addition, the amount of DNA acquired at a criminal site is inherently limited. This limited amount of human DNA has to be quantified accurately after the process of DNA extraction. The accurately quantified extracted genomic DNA is then used as a DNA template in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification for short tandem repeat (STR) human identification. Accordingly, highly sensitive and human-specific quantification of forensic DNA samples is an essential issue in forensic study. In this work, a quantum dot (Qdot)-labeled Alu sequence was developed as a probe to simultaneously satisfy both the high sensitivity and human genome selectivity for quantification of forensic DNA samples. This probe provided PCR-free determination of human genomic DNA and had a 2.5-femtogram detection limit due to the strong emission and photostability of the Qdot. The Qdot-labeled Alu sequence has been used successfully to assess 18 different forensic DNA samples for STR human identification. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Polarization-insensitive optical gain characteristics of highly stacked InAs/GaAs quantum dots

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    Kita, Takashi; Suwa, Masaya; Kaizu, Toshiyuki; Harada, Yukihiro [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan)

    2014-06-21

    The polarized optical gain characteristics of highly stacked InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) with a thin spacer layer fabricated on an n{sup +}-GaAs (001) substrate were studied in the sub-threshold gain region. Using a 4.0-nm-thick spacer layer, we realized an electronically coupled QD superlattice structure along the stacking direction, which enabled the enhancement of the optical gain of the [001] transverse-magnetic (TM) polarization component. We systematically studied the polarized electroluminescence properties of laser devices containing 30 and 40 stacked InAs/GaAs QDs. The net modal gain was analyzed using the Hakki-Paoli method. Owing to the in-plane shape anisotropy of QDs, the polarization sensitivity of the gain depends on the waveguide direction. The gain showing polarization isotropy between the TM and transverse-electric polarization components is high for the [110] waveguide structure, which occurs for higher amounts of stacked QDs. Conversely, the isotropy of the [−110] waveguide is easily achieved even if the stacking is relatively low, although the gain is small.

  8. Highly responsive MoS2 photodetectors enhanced by graphene quantum dots

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    Chen, Caiyun; Qiao, Hong; Lin, Shenghuang; Man Luk, Chi; Liu, Yan; Xu, Zaiquan; Song, Jingchao; Xue, Yunzhou; Li, Delong; Yuan, Jian; Yu, Wenzhi; Pan, Chunxu; Ping Lau, Shu; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2015-01-01

    Molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), which is a typical semiconductor from the family of layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), is an attractive material for optoelectronic and photodetection applications because of its tunable bandgap and high quantum luminescence efficiency. Although a high photoresponsivity of 880–2000 AW−1 and photogain up to 5000 have been demonstrated in MoS2-based photodetectors, the light absorption and gain mechanisms are two fundamental issues preventing these materials from further improvement. In addition, it is still debated whether monolayer or multilayer MoS2 could deliver better performance. Here, we demonstrate a photoresponsivity of approximately 104 AW−1 and a photogain of approximately 107 electrons per photon in an n-n heterostructure photodetector that consists of a multilayer MoS2 thin film covered with a thin layer of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). The enhanced light-matter interaction results from effective charge transfer and the re-absorption of photons, leading to enhanced light absorption and the creation of electron-hole pairs. It is feasible to scale up the device and obtain a fast response, thus making it one step closer to practical applications. PMID:26137854

  9. Memristive Devices with Highly Repeatable Analog States Boosted by Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Wang, Changhong; He, Wei; Tong, Yi; Zhang, Yishu; Huang, Kejie; Song, Li; Zhong, Shuai; Ganeshkumar, Rajasekaran; Zhao, Rong

    2017-05-01

    Memristive devices, having a huge potential as artificial synapses for low-power neural networks, have received tremendous attention recently. Despite great achievements in demonstration of plasticity and learning functions, little progress has been made in the repeatable analog resistance states of memristive devices, which is, however, crucial for achieving controllable synaptic behavior. The controllable behavior of synapse is highly desired in building neural networks as it helps reduce training epochs and diminish error probability. Fundamentally, the poor repeatability of analog resistance states is closely associated with the random formation of conductive filaments, which consists of oxygen vacancies. In this work, graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are introduced into memristive devices. By virtue of the abundant oxygen anions released from GQDs, the GQDs can serve as nano oxygen-reservoirs and enhance the localization of filament formation. As a result, analog resistance states with highly tight distribution are achieved with nearly 85% reduction in variations. In addition the insertion of GQDs can alter the energy band alignment and boost the tunneling current, which leads to significant reduction in both switching voltages and their distribution variations. This work may pave the way for achieving artificial neural networks with accurate and efficient learning capability. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Photoluminescence and structural studies of Tb and Eu implanted at high temperatures into SiO{sub 2} films

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    Bregolin, F.L. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Goncalves 9500, 91501-970, Porto Alegre-RS (Brazil); Sias, U.S., E-mail: uilson.sias@gmail.com [Instituto Federal Sul-rio-grandense, Campus Pelotas, Praca 20 de Setembro 455, 96015-360, Pelotas-RS (Brazil); Behar, M. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Goncalves 9500, 91501-970, Porto Alegre-RS (Brazil)

    2013-03-15

    The present work deals with the photoluminescence (PL) emitted from Eu and Tb ions implanted at room temperature (RT) up to 350 Degree-Sign C in a SiO{sub 2} matrix, followed by a further anneal process. The ions were implanted with energy of 100 keV and a fluence of 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} ions/cm Superscript-Two . Further anneals were performed in atmospheres of N{sub 2} or O{sub 2} with temperatures ranging from 500 up to 800 Degree-Sign C. PL measurements were performed at RT and structural measurements were done via transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition, the Rutherford backscattering technique (RBS) was used to investigate the corresponding ion depth profiles. For Tb, the optimal implantation temperature was 200 Degree-Sign C, and the anneal one was of 500 Degree-Sign C. Under these conditions, the PL yield of the sharp band centered at 550 nm was significatively higher than the one obtained with RT implants. The PL spectra corresponding to the Eu ions show two bands, one narrow centered around 650 nm and a second broad one in the blue-green region. The implantation temperature plays a small influence on the PL shape and yield. However, the annealing atmosphere has a strong influence on it. Samples annealed in N{sub 2} present a broad PL band, ranging from 370 up to 840 nm. On the other hand, the O{sub 2} anneal conserves the original as-implanted spectrum, that is: a broad PL band in the blue-green region together with sharp PL band in the red one. For both ions, Tb and Eu, the TEM analyses indicate the formation of nanoclusters in the hot as-implanted samples. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Eu and Tb nanoparticles were obtained by hot ion implantation into SiO{sub 2} matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TEM results indicate the formation of nanoclusters in the hot as-implanted samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Samples annealed in N{sub 2} presented a broad PL band (from 370 up to 840 nm). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer O

  11. Green synthesis of highly fluorescent carbon quantum dots from sugarcane bagasse pulp

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    Thambiraj, S. [Nano-Bio Materials and Sensors Laboratory, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore, 641 004, Tamil Nadu (India); Ravi Shankaran, D., E-mail: dravishankaran@hotmail.com [Nano-Bio Materials and Sensors Laboratory, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore, 641 004, Tamil Nadu (India); National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai, 600 025, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2016-12-30

    Graphical abstract: Schematic representation of CQDs from sugarcane bagasse carbon. - Highlights: • CQDs were synthesised from sugarcane bagasse waste with top down approaches. • Synthesis method is green, simple and efficient process. • CQDs possess high quantum yield, good stability and highly fluorescent in nature. • The morphological and topographical study of CQDs was done by HR-TEM and AFM and was observed that the average size is 4.1 ± 0.17 nm and surface thickness is 5 nm. - Abstract: Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) have great potential due to its advantageous characteristics of highly fluorescent nature and good stability. In this study, we aimed to develop a simple and efficient method for the green synthesis of fluorescent CQDs from sugarcane bagasse, a renewable and sustainable resource. The process involves the top down approach of chemical oxidation followed by exfoliation of sugarcane carbon. The synthesized CQDs was characterized by UV–vis absorption spectroscopy, Spectrofluorophotometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The synthesized CQDs possess stable fluorescent properties, good bio-compatibility and high quantum yield. The CQDs are highly crystalline with longitudinal dimensions of 4.1 ± 0.17 nm with an average roughness of around 5 nm. The XRD and TEM analysis indicates that the synthesized CQDs possess face centred cubic crystal structure. The results suggest that the proposed CQDs could be utilized for bio-sensor, bio-imaging and drug delivery applications.

  12. Chemical Cleavage of Layered Carbon Nitride with Enhanced Photoluminescent Performances and Photoconduction.

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    Zhou, Zhixin; Shen, Yanfei; Li, Ying; Liu, Anran; Liu, Songqin; Zhang, Yuanjian

    2015-12-22

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and carbon dots (C-dots) have various alluring properties and potential applications, but they are often limited by unsatisfied optical performance such as low quantum yield, ambiguous fluorescence emission mechanism, and narrow emission wavelength. Herein, we report that bulk polymeric carbon nitride could be utilized as a layered precursor to prepare carbon nitride nanostructures such as nanorods, nanoleaves and quantum dots by chemical tailoring. As doped carbon materials, these carbon nitride nanostructures not only intrinsically emitted UV lights but also well inherited the explicit photoluminescence mechanism of the bulk pristine precursor, both of which were rarely reported for GQDs and C-dots. Especially, carbon nitride quantum dots (CNQDs) had a photoluminescence quantum yield (QY) up to 46%, among the highest QY for metal-free quantum dots so far. As examples, the CNQDs were utilized as a photoluminescence probe for rapid detection of Fe(3+) with a detection limit of 1 μM in 2 min and a photoconductor in an all-solid-state device. This work would open up an avenue for doped nanocarbon in developing photoelectrical devices and sensors.

  13. Investigation of carrier dynamics in InAs/GaAsSb quantum dots with different silicon delta-doping levels

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    Ban, Keun-Yong [Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States). School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering; Kim, Yeongho [Korea Research Inst. of Chemistry Technology (KRICT), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of). Division of Metrology for Future Technology; Kuciauskas, Darius [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Bremner, Stephen P. [Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (Australia). School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering; Honsberg, Christiana B. [Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States). School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

    2016-11-10

    The optical properties of InAs quantum dots (QDs) embedded in a GaAsSb matrix with different delta (d)-doping levels of 0, 2, 4, and 6 electrons per dot (e-/dot), incorporated to control the occupation of QD electronic states, are studied by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The time-resolved PL data taken at 10 K reveal that the increase of δ-doping density from 2 to 6 e-/dot decreases the recombination lifetime of carriers at ground states of the QDs from 996 ± 36 to 792 ± 19 ps, respectively. Furthermore, the carrier lifetime of the sample with 4 e-/dot is found to increase at a slower rate than that of the undoped sample as temperature increases above 70 K. An Arrhenius plot of the temperature dependent PL intensity indicates that the thermal activation energy of electrons in the QDs, required for carrier escape from the dot ground state to continuum state, is increased when the d-doping density is high enough (>4 e-/dot). These results are attributed to the enhanced Coulomb interaction of electrons provided by the d-doping, leading to reduced thermal quenching of the PL.

  14. High-Efficiency Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics via Robust Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Kim, Gi-Hwan

    2015-11-11

    © 2015 American Chemical Society. The optoelectronic tunability offered by colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) is attractive for photovoltaic applications but demands proper band alignment at electrodes for efficient charge extraction at minimal cost to voltage. With this goal in mind, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) can be used to modify interface energy levels locally. However, to be effective SAMs must be made robust to treatment using the various solvents and ligands required for to fabricate high quality CQD solids. We report robust self-assembled monolayers (R-SAMs) that enable us to increase the efficiency of CQD photovoltaics. Only by developing a process for secure anchoring of aromatic SAMs, aided by deposition of the SAMs in a water-free deposition environment, were we able to provide an interface modification that was robust against the ensuing chemical treatments needed in the fabrication of CQD solids. The energy alignment at the rectifying interface was tailored by tuning the R-SAM for optimal alignment relative to the CQD quantum-confined electron energy levels. This resulted in a CQD PV record power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 10.7% with enhanced reproducibility relative to controls.

  15. Emission noise and high frequency cut-off of the Kondo effect in a quantum dot

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    Delagrange, R.; Basset, J.; Bouchiat, H.; Deblock, R.

    2018-01-01

    By coupling on chip via a resonant circuit a carbon nanotube to a quantum noise detector, a superconductor-insulator-superconductor junction we measure the emission noise of a carbon nanotube quantum dot in the Kondo regime. The signature of the Kondo effect in the current noise is measured for different ratios of the Kondo temperature over the measured frequency and for different asymmetries of the coupling to the contacts and compared to finite frequency quantum noise calculations. Our results point towards the existence of a high frequency cut-off of the electronic emission noise associated with the Kondo resonance. This cut-off frequency is on the order of a few times the Kondo temperature when the electronic system is close to equilibrium, which is the case for a strongly asymmetric coupling. On the other hand, this cut-off is shifted to lower frequencies in a symmetric coupling situation where the bias voltage drives the Kondo state out of equilibrium. We then attribute the low frequency cut-off to voltage-induced spin relaxation.

  16. Solvent Engineering for High-Performance PbS Quantum Dots Solar Cells.

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    Wu, Rongfang; Yang, Yuehua; Li, Miaozi; Qin, Donghuan; Zhang, Yangdong; Hou, Lintao

    2017-07-28

    PbS colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) solar cells have already demonstrated very impressive advances in recent years due to the development of many different techniques to tailor the interface morphology and compactness in PbS CQDs thin film. Here, n-hexane, n-octane, n-heptane, isooctane and toluene or their hybrids are for the first time introduced as solvent for comparison of the dispersion of PbS CQDs. PbS CQDs solar cells with the configuration of PbS/TiO₂ heterojunction are then fabricated by using different CQDs solution under ambient conditions. The performances of the PbS CQDs solar cells are found to be tuned by changing solvent and its content in the PbS CQDs solution. The best device could show a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.64% under AM 1.5 G illumination at 100 mW cm(-2) in a n-octane/isooctane (95%/5% v/v) hybrid solvent scheme, which shows a ~15% improvement compared to the control devices. These results offer important insight into the solvent engineering of high-performance PbS CQDs solar cells.

  17. Highly stable cesium lead iodide perovskite quantum dot light-emitting diodes

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    Zou, Chen; Huang, Chun-Ying; Sanehira, Erin M.; Luther, Joseph M.; Lin, Lih Y.

    2017-11-01

    Recently, all-inorganic perovskites such as CsPbBr3 and CsPbI3, have emerged as promising materials for light-emitting applications. While encouraging performance has been demonstrated, the stability issue of the red-emitting CsPbI3 is still a major concern due to its small tolerance factor. Here we report a highly stable CsPbI3 quantum dot (QD) light-emitting diode (LED) with red emission fabricated using an improved purification approach. The device achieved decent external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 0.21% at a bias of 6 V and outstanding operational stability, with a L 70 lifetime (EL intensity decreases to 70% of starting value) of 16 h and 1.5 h under a constant driving voltage of 5 V and 6 V (maximum EQE operation) respectively. Furthermore, the device can work under a higher voltage of 7 V (maximum luminance operation) and retain 50% of its initial EL intensity after 500 s. These findings demonstrate the promise of CsPbI3 QDs for stable red LEDs, and suggest the feasibility for electrically pumped perovskite lasers with further device optimizations.

  18. Highly sensitive electrochemical biosensor for streptavidin detection based on CdSe quantum dots.

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    Wei, Yu-Ping; Liu, Xing-Pei; Mao, Chang-Jie; Niu, He-Lin; Song, Ji-Ming; Jin, Bao-Kang

    2018-04-30

    An electrochemical biosensor was developed based on a steric hindrance hybridization assay to allow the highly sensitive detection of streptavidin. In the steric hindrance hybridization assay, the signaling strand DNA (sig-DNA) was labeled at the 3' end with CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and at the 5' end with biotin, and capturing strand DNA (the complementary strand of sig-DNA) was labeled at the 5' end with thiol. The steric hindrance effect generated by streptavidin which was bound with the signaling DNA strand. The streptavidin limited the ability of the sig-DNA to hybridize with the cap-DNA, which were linked on the surface of a gold electrode. Therefore, the concentration of streptavidin was detected indirectly based on the concentration of CdSe QDs on the electrode surface. The concentration of CdSe QDs on the electrode surface was detected by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry. Under optimal conditions, the streptavidin detection range using the as-prepared biosensor was 1.96pg/mL to 1.96µg/mL and the detection limit was 0.65pg/mL. The experimental results showed that the electrochemical biosensor could detect streptavidin rapidly and accurately. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. Solvent Engineering for High-Performance PbS Quantum Dots Solar Cells

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    Rongfang Wu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available PbS colloidal quantum dots (CQDs solar cells have already demonstrated very impressive advances in recent years due to the development of many different techniques to tailor the interface morphology and compactness in PbS CQDs thin film. Here, n-hexane, n-octane, n-heptane, isooctane and toluene or their hybrids are for the first time introduced as solvent for comparison of the dispersion of PbS CQDs. PbS CQDs solar cells with the configuration of PbS/TiO2 heterojunction are then fabricated by using different CQDs solution under ambient conditions. The performances of the PbS CQDs solar cells are found to be tuned by changing solvent and its content in the PbS CQDs solution. The best device could show a power conversion efficiency (PCE of 7.64% under AM 1.5 G illumination at 100 mW cm−2 in a n-octane/isooctane (95%/5% v/v hybrid solvent scheme, which shows a ~15% improvement compared to the control devices. These results offer important insight into the solvent engineering of high-performance PbS CQDs solar cells.

  20. Solvent Engineering for High-Performance PbS Quantum Dots Solar Cells

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    Wu, Rongfang; Yang, Yuehua; Li, Miaozi; Zhang, Yangdong; Hou, Lintao

    2017-01-01

    PbS colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) solar cells have already demonstrated very impressive advances in recent years due to the development of many different techniques to tailor the interface morphology and compactness in PbS CQDs thin film. Here, n-hexane, n-octane, n-heptane, isooctane and toluene or their hybrids are for the first time introduced as solvent for comparison of the dispersion of PbS CQDs. PbS CQDs solar cells with the configuration of PbS/TiO2 heterojunction are then fabricated by using different CQDs solution under ambient conditions. The performances of the PbS CQDs solar cells are found to be tuned by changing solvent and its content in the PbS CQDs solution. The best device could show a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.64% under AM 1.5 G illumination at 100 mW cm−2 in a n-octane/isooctane (95%/5% v/v) hybrid solvent scheme, which shows a ~15% improvement compared to the control devices. These results offer important insight into the solvent engineering of high-performance PbS CQDs solar cells. PMID:28788077

  1. High-response hybrid quantum dots- 2D conductor phototransistors: recent progress and perspectives

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    Sablon Kimberly A.

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Having been inspired by the tremendous progress in material nanoscience and device nanoengineering, hybrid phototransistors combine solution processed colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs with graphene or two-dimensional (2D semiconductor materials. Novel detectors demonstrate ultrahigh photoconductive gain, high and selective photoresponse, low noise, and very high responsivity in visible- and near-infrared ranges. The outstanding performance of phototransistors is primarily due to the strong, selective, and size tunable absorption of QDs and fast charge transfer in 2D high mobility conductors. However, the relatively small mobility of QD nanomaterials was a technological barrier, which limited the operating rate of devices. Very recent innovations in detector design and significant progress in QD ligand engineering provide effective tools for further qualitative improvements. This article reviews the recent progress in material science, nanophysics, and device engineering related to hybrid phototransistors. Detectors based on various QD nanomaterials and several 2D conductors are compared, and advantages and disadvantages of various nanomaterials for applications in hybrid phototransistors are identified. We also benchmark the experimental characteristics with model results that establish interrelations and tradeoffs between detector characteristics, such as responsivity, dark and noise currents, the photocarrier lifetime, response, and noise bandwidths. We have shown that the most recent phototransistors demonstrate performance limited by the fundamental generation recombination noise in high gain devices. Interrelation between the dynamic range of the detector and the detector sensitivity is discussed. The review is concluded with a brief discussion of the remaining challenges and possible significant improvements in the performance of hybrid phototransistors.

  2. Synthesis of quantum dots

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    McDaniel, Hunter

    2017-10-17

    Common approaches to synthesizing alloyed quantum dots employ high-cost, air-sensitive phosphine complexes as the selenium precursor. Disclosed quantum dot synthesis embodiments avoid these hazardous and air-sensitive selenium precursors. Certain embodiments utilize a combination comprising a thiol and an amine that together reduce and complex the elemental selenium to form a highly reactive selenium precursor at room temperature. The same combination of thiol and amine acts as the reaction solvent, stabilizing ligand, and sulfur source in the synthesis of quantum dot cores. A non-injection approach may also be used. The optical properties of the quantum dots synthesized by this new approach can be finely tuned for a variety of applications by controlling size and/or composition of size and composition. Further, using the same approach, a shell can be grown around a quantum dot core that improves stability, luminescence efficiency, and may reduce toxicity.

  3. Highly efficient detection in fluorescence tomography of quantum dots using time-gated acquisition and ultrafast pulsed laser

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    Zhang, Xiaofeng; Badea, Cristian T.

    2011-01-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) are widely used in fluorescence tomography due to its unique advantages. Despite the very high quantum efficiency of the QDs, low fluorescent signal and autofluorescence are the most fundamental limitations in optical data acquisition. These limitations are particularly detrimental to image reconstruction for animal imaging, e.g., free-space in vivo fluorescence tomography. In animals studies, fluorescent emission from exogenous fluorescent probes (e.g. QDs) cannot be effec...

  4. Characteristics of highly stacked InAs quantum-dot laser grown on vicinal (001)InP substrate

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    Akahane, Kouichi; Umezawa, Toshimasa; Matsumoto, Atsushi; Yamamoto, Naokatsu; Kawanishi, Tetsuya

    2016-04-01

    We fabricate broad-area laser diodes consisting of 30-layer stacks of InAs quantum dots by using a strain-compensation technique on a vicinal (001)InP substrate. These laser diodes exhibit ground-state lasing at 1576 nm in the pulsed mode with a high characteristic temperature of 111 K at around room temperature (20-80 °C).

  5. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes@C@SnO2 quantum dots and SnO2 quantum dots@C as high rate anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Jin, Rencheng; Meng, Yanfeng; Li, Guihua

    2017-11-01

    The SnO2 quantum dots anchored on amorphous carbon coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs@C@SnO2) and SnO2 quantum dots embedded in amorphous carbon network (SnO2@C) have been designed and fabricated by a solvothermal process accompanied by a high temperature calcination treatment. Such unique structured electrodes exhibit excellent cycle stability and high rate capability. At the current density of 5 A g-1, the capacities of 515 and 364 mAh g-1 are achieved after 300 cycles for CNTs@C@SnO2 and SnO2@C, respectively.

  6. An enhanced high-speed multi-digit BCD adder using quantum-dot cellular automata

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    Ajitha, D.; Ramanaiah, K. V.; Sumalatha, V.

    2017-02-01

    The advent of development of high-performance, low-power digital circuits is achieved by a suitable emerging nanodevice called quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA). Even though many efficient arithmetic circuits were designed using QCA, there is still a challenge to implement high-speed circuits in an optimized manner. Among these circuits, one of the essential structures is a parallel multi-digit decimal adder unit with significant speed which is very attractive for future environments. To achieve high speed, a new correction logic formulation method is proposed for single and multi-digit BCD adder. The proposed enhanced single-digit BCD adder (ESDBA) is 26% faster than the carry flow adder (CFA)-based BCD adder. The multi-digit operations are also performed using the proposed ESDBA, which is cascaded innovatively. The enhanced multi-digit BCD adder (EMDBA) performs two 4-digit and two 8-digit BCD addition 50% faster than the CFA-based BCD adder with the nominal overhead of the area. The EMDBA performs two 4-digit BCD addition 24% faster with 23% decrease in the area, similarly for 8-digit operation the EMDBA achieves 36% increase in speed with 21% less area compared to the existing carry look ahead (CLA)-based BCD adder design. The proposed multi-digit adder produces significantly less delay of (N -1) + 3.5 clock cycles compared to the N* One digit BCD adder delay required by the conventional BCD adder method. It is observed that as per our knowledge this is the first innovative proposal for multi-digit BCD addition using QCA.

  7. Synthesis of Cu-doped InP nanocrystals (d-dots) with ZnSe diffusion barrier as efficient and color-tunable NIR emitters.

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    Xie, Renguo; Peng, Xiaogang

    2009-08-05

    Efficient Cu-doped InP quantum dots (Cu:InP d-dots) emitters were successfully synthesized by epitaxial growth of a ZnSe diffusion barrier for the dopants. The Cu dopant emission of the Cu:InP/ZnSe core/shell d-dots covered the important red and near-infrared (NIR) window for biomedical applicaitons, from 630 to 1100 nm, by varying the size of the InP host nanocrystals. These new d-dots emitters not only compensate for the emission wavelength of the existing noncadmium d-dots emitters, Cu- and Mn-doped ZnSe d-dots (450-610 nm), but also offer a complete series of efficient nanocrystal emitters based on InP nanocrystals. The one-pot synthetic scheme for the formation of Cu:InP/ZnSe core/shell d-dots was successfully established by systematically studying the doping process, the dopant concentration-dependent photophysical properties, and the dopant diffusion during shell epitaxy, etc. Complete elimination of InP bandgap emission and efficient pure dopant emission (with photoluminescence quantum yield as high as between 35-40%) of the core/shell d-dots were achieved by optimizing the final doping level and the diffusion barrier thickness.

  8. Microwave-assisted synthesis of water-dispersed CdTe/CdSe core/shell type II quantum dots

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    2011-01-01

    A facile synthesis of mercaptanacid-capped CdTe/CdSe (core/shell) type II quantum dots in aqueous solution by means of a microwave-assisted approach is reported. The results of X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed that the as-prepared CdTe/CdSe quantum dots had a core/shell structure with high crystallinity. The core/shell quantum dots exhibit tunable fluorescence emissions by controlling the thickness of the CdSe shell. The photoluminescent properties were dramatically improved through UV-illuminated treatment, and the time-resolved fluorescence spectra showed that there is a gradual increase of decay lifetime with the thickness of CdSe shell. PMID:21711922

  9. Microwave-assisted synthesis of water-dispersed CdTe/CdSe core/shell type II quantum dots

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    Sai Li-Man

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A facile synthesis of mercaptanacid-capped CdTe/CdSe (core/shell type II quantum dots in aqueous solution by means of a microwave-assisted approach is reported. The results of X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed that the as-prepared CdTe/CdSe quantum dots had a core/shell structure with high crystallinity. The core/shell quantum dots exhibit tunable fluorescence emissions by controlling the thickness of the CdSe shell. The photoluminescent properties were dramatically improved through UV-illuminated treatment, and the time-resolved fluorescence spectra showed that there is a gradual increase of decay lifetime with the thickness of CdSe shell.

  10. Highly efficient multiple-layer CdS quantum dot sensitized III-V solar cells.

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    Lin, Chien-Chung; Han, Hau-Vei; Chen, Hsin-Chu; Chen, Kuo-Ju; Tsai, Yu-Lin; Lin, Wein-Yi; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Yu, Peichen

    2014-02-01

    In this review, the concept of utilization of solar spectrum in order to increase the solar cell efficiency is discussed. Among the three mechanisms, down-shifting effect is investigated in detail. Organic dye, rare-earth minerals and quantum dots are three most popular down-shift materials. While the enhancement of solar cell efficiency was not clearly observed in the past, the advances in quantum dot fabrication have brought strong response out of the hybrid platform of a quantum dot solar cell. A multiple layer structure, including PDMS as the isolation layer, is proposed and demonstrated. With the help of pulse spray system, precise control can be achieved and the optimized concentration can be found.

  11. Highly sensitive detection of DNA methylation levels by using a quantum dot-based FRET method

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    Ma, Yunfei; Zhang, Honglian; Liu, Fangming; Wu, Zhenhua; Lu, Shaohua; Jin, Qinghui; Zhao, Jianlong; Zhong, Xinhua; Mao, Hongju

    2015-10-01

    DNA methylation is the most frequently studied epigenetic modification that is strongly involved in genomic stability and cellular plasticity. Aberrant changes in DNA methylation status are ubiquitous in human cancer and the detection of these changes can be informative for cancer diagnosis. Herein, we reported a facile quantum dot-based (QD-based) fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) technique for the detection of DNA methylation. The method relies on methylation-sensitive restriction enzymes for the differential digestion of genomic DNA based on its methylation status. Digested DNA is then subjected to PCR amplification for the incorporation of Alexa Fluor-647 (A647) fluorophores. DNA methylation levels can be detected qualitatively through gel analysis and quantitatively by the signal amplification from QDs to A647 during FRET. Furthermore, the methylation levels of three tumor suppressor genes, PCDHGB6, HOXA9 and RASSF1A, in 20 lung adenocarcinoma and 20 corresponding adjacent nontumorous tissue (NT) samples were measured to verify the feasibility of the QD-based FRET method and a high sensitivity for cancer detection (up to 90%) was achieved. Our QD-based FRET method is a convenient, continuous and high-throughput method, and is expected to be an alternative for detecting DNA methylation as a biomarker for certain human cancers.DNA methylation is the most frequently studied epigenetic modification that is strongly involved in genomic stability and cellular plasticity. Aberrant changes in DNA methylation status are ubiquitous in human cancer and the detection of these changes can be informative for cancer diagnosis. Herein, we reported a facile quantum dot-based (QD-based) fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) technique for the detection of DNA methylation. The method relies on methylation-sensitive restriction enzymes for the differential digestion of genomic DNA based on its methylation status. Digested DNA is then subjected to PCR

  12. Room- and low-temperature assessment of pseudomorphic AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAS high-electron-mobility transistor structures by photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Gilperez, J. M.; Sanchez-Rojas, J. L.; Munoz, E.; Calleja, E.; David, J. P. R.; Reddy, M.; Hill, G.; Sanchez-Dehesa, J.

    1994-11-01

    The use of room- and low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy for the assessment of n-type pseudomorphic AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs high-electron-mobility transistor stransitor structures is reported. We describe a method to determine the InAs mole fraction x, the channel layer thickness L, and the confined two-dimensional electron gas density (n(sub s)), based on the comparison between the PL transitions and the recombination energies derived from self-consistent calculations of the subband structure. A detailed analysis of the optical transitions and their dependence on the Fermi level position and temperature is performed. It is shown that, in real devices, the high sensitivity of the recombination energies and intensities on small changes of the parameters x, L, and n(sub s) allows us to detect deviations from their nominal structural parameters within the uncertainty of the molecular beam epitaxy growth technique. The present assessment procedure has been applied to a significant number of samples, and it has been backed by independent measurements of these parameters by more sophisticated techniques such as Shubnikov-de Haas and PL excitation in standard and gated samples, and by physical techniques like transmission electron microscopy and Auger spectroscopy.

  13. Spatially and spectrally resolved photoluminescence of InGaN MQWs grown on highly Si doped a-plane GaN buffer

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    Thunert, Martin; Wieneke, Matthias; Dempewolf, Anja; Bertram, Frank; Dadgar, Armin; Krost, Alois; Christen, Juergen [Institute of Experimental Physics, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    A set of InGaN multi quantum well (MQW) samples grown by MOVPE on highly Si doped a-plane GaN on r-plane sapphire templates has been investigated using spatially resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy ({mu}-PL). The Si doping level of nominal about 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} leads to three dimensionally grown crystallites mostly terminated by m-facets. The MQW thickness has been systematically varied from nominally 2.1 to 4.2 nm, as well as the InGaN growth temperature, which was varied from 760 C to 700 C. The growth of a-plane GaN based devices leads to a non-polar growth direction avoiding the polarization field affected Quantum-Confined-Stark-Effect. Spatially resolved PL studies show for all samples low near band edge (NBE) GaN emission intensity over the whole area under investigation accompanied by highly intense InGaN MQW emission for single crystallites. The MQW luminescence shows a systematic blueshift with increasing InGaN growth temperature due to lower In incorporation as well as a systematic redshift with increasing MQW thickness. Excitation power dependent spectra at 4 K as well as temperature dependent PL spectra will be presented.

  14. Quantum dots/silica/polymer nanocomposite films with high visible light transmission and UV shielding properties

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    Mumin, Md Abdul; Xu, William Z.; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2015-08-01

    The dispersion of light-absorbing inorganic nanomaterials in transparent plastics such as poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (PEVA) is of enormous current interest in emerging solar materials, including photovoltaic (PV) modules and commercial greenhouse films. Nanocrystalline semiconductor or quantum dots (QDs) have the potential to absorb UV light and selectively emit visible light, which can control plant growth in greenhouses or enhance PV panel efficiencies. This work provides a new and simple approach for loading mesoporous silica-encapsulated QDs into PEVA. Highly luminescent CdS and CdS-ZnS core-shell QDs with 5 nm size were synthesized using a modified facile approach based on pyrolysis of the single-molecule precursors and capping the CdS QDs with a thin layer of ZnS. To make both the bare and core-shell structure QDs more resistant against photochemical reactions, a mesoporous silica layer was grown on the QDs through a reverse microemulsion technique based on hydrophobic interactions. By careful experimental tuning, this encapsulation technique enhanced the quantum yield (˜65%) and photostability compared to the bare QDs. Both the encapsulated bare and core-shell QDs were then melt-mixed with EVA pellets using a mini twin-screw extruder and pressed into thin films with controlled thickness. The results demonstrated for the first time that mesoporous silica not only enhanced the quantum yield and photostability of the QDs but also improved the compatibility and dispersibility of QDs throughout the PEVA films. The novel light selective films show high visible light transmission (˜90%) and decreased UV transmission (˜75%).

  15. Double quantum dots decorated 3D graphene flowers for highly efficient photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Cheng, Qifa; Xu, Jing; Wang, Tao; Fan, Ling; Ma, Ruifang; Yu, Xinzhi; Zhu, Jian; Xu, Zhi; Lu, Bingan

    2017-11-01

    Photoelectrocatalysis (PEC) has been demonstrated as a promising technique for hydrogen production. However, the high over-potential and high recombination rate of photo-induced electron-hole pairs lead to poor hydrogen production efficiency. In order to overcome these problems, TiO2 and Au dual quantum dots (QDs) on three-dimensional graphene flowers (Au@TiO2@3DGFs) was synthesized by an electro-deposition strategy. The combination of Au and TiO2 modulates the band gap of TiO2, shifts the absorption to visible lights and improves the utilization efficiency of solar light. Simultaneously, the size-quantization TiO2 on 3DGFs not only achieves a larger specific surface area over conventional nanomaterials, but also promotes the separation of the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. Besides, the 3DGFs as a scaffold for QDs can provide more active sites and stable structure. Thus, the newly-developed Au@TiO2@3DGFs composite exhibited an impressive PEC activity and excellent durability. Under -240 mV potential (vs. RHE), the photoelectric current density involved visible light illumination (100 mW cm-2) reached 90 mA cm-2, which was about 3.6 times of the natural current density (without light, only 25 mA cm-2). It worth noting that the photoelectric current density did not degrade and even increased to 95 mA cm-2 over 90 h irradiation, indicating an amazing chemical stability.

  16. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Glutathione-Capped CdTe/CdSe Near-Infrared Quantum Dots for Cell Imaging

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    Chen, Xiaogang; Li, Liang; Lai, Yongxian; Yan, Jianna; Tang, Yichen; Wang, Xiuli

    2015-01-01

    These glutathione (GSH)-conjugated CdTe/CdSe core/shell quantum dot (QD) nanoparticles in aqueous solution were synthesized using a microwave-assisted approach. The prepared type II core/shell QD nanoparticles were characterized by UV–Vis absorption, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). Results revealed that the QD nanoparticles exhibited good dispersity, a uniform size distribution and tunable fluo...

  17. Strongly coupled CdS/graphene quantum dots nanohybrids for highly efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution: unraveling the essential roles of graphene quantum dots

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    Lei, Yonggang

    2017-05-23

    It have been recognized that the coupling of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with semiconductor photocatalysts endow the resulting nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic performances, however, the essential roles of GQDs have not been clearly revealed yet. Herein, we report that a high efficiency of the photocatalytic H2 evolution was achieved using strongly coupled nanohybrids of CdS with GQDs (CdS/GQDs) as visible-light-driven photocatalysts. CdS/GQDs nanohybrids were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method in which the crystallization of CdS precursor and coupling of GQDs could be accomplished in one-step. GQDs are firmly decorated on the surface of CdS nanoparticles, forming “dot-on-particle” heterodimer structures. GQDs have no significant influence on the crystallite structure of CdS but render the nanohybrids with strong light absorption at the wavelength beyond the band edge of CdS. Under visible light irradiation (≥420nm), CdS/GQDs nanohybrids reach the highest H2 production rate of 95.4μmol·h−1, about 2.7 times higher than that of pure CdS nanoparticles, at GQDs content of 1.0wt %, and the apparent quantum efficiency (AQE) was determined to be 4.2% at 420nm. Incident light-wavelength dependent experiments reveal that the light absorption of CdS dominated the performance of nanohybrids, and the excess light absorption coming from GQDs hardly contributes to the observed higher activity. Photocurrent response, steady-state and time-resolved PL, and EIS measurements suggest that the high activity of CdS/GQDs is attributed predominantly to the graphene-like nature of GQDs, which can act as an efficient electron acceptor to induce an efficient charge separation. This work clearly reveals that GQDs mainly played a role of electron acceptor instead of a photosensitizer in enhancing the photocatalytic H2 evolution performances of CdS/GQDs nanohybrids, which offers a new insight to understand the essential roles of GQDs in semiconductor

  18. Optical studies on a single GaAs laterally coupled quantum dot in comparison with an uncoupled quantum dot

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    Kim, Heedae; Song, Jin Dong

    2018-01-01

    We performed spectroscopy studies on a single GaAs laterally coupled quantum dot and an uncoupled quantum dot. Photoluminescence spectra confirmed the presence of optical coupling in the coupled quantum dot through dipole-dipole interactions. The optical coupling was investigated in terms of the integrated photoluminescence intensities and redshift of emission energies as the excitation power was increased. The excitation intensity was increased with linearly polarized light in the lateral coupling direction 1 1 bar 0 , which resulted in excitons X1 and X2 of the coupled quantum dot showing a clear photoluminescence peak shift to lower energy with drastically different power factors. These results were obtained by integrating the PL spectrum and comparing it to that of a single quantum dot. We also found that the decay rates of X1 and X2 in the coupled quantum dot increased significantly as a consequence of overlap of electron and hole wavefunctions extended via optical coupling in individual dots of the coupled quantum dot system.

  19. Microwave Synthesis of Nearly Monodisperse Core/Multishell Quantum Dots with Cell Imaging Applications

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    Xu Hengyi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report in this article the microwave synthesis of relatively monodisperse, highly crystalline CdSe quantum dots (QDs overcoated with Cd0.5Zn0.5S/ZnS multishells. The as-prepared QDs exhibited narrow photoluminescence bandwidth as the consequence of homogeneous size distribution and uniform crystallinity, which was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. A high photoluminescence quantum yield up to 80% was measured for the core/multishell nanocrystals. Finally, the resulting CdSe/Cd0.5Zn0.5S/ZnS core/multishell QDs have been successfully applied to the labeling and imaging of breast cancer cells (SK-BR3.

  20. Highly anisotropic decay rates of single quantum dots in photonic crystal membranes

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    Wang, Qin; Stobbe, Søren; Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup

    2010-01-01

    We have measured the variation of the spontaneous emission rate with polarization for self-assembled single quantum dots in two-dimensional photonic crystal membranes. We observe a maximum anisotropy factor of 6 between the decay rates of the two bright exciton states. This large anisotropy...

  1. Experimental demonstration of highly anisotropic decay rates of single quantum dots inside photonic crystals

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    Wang, Qin; Stobbe, Søren; Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup

    We have systematically measured the variation of the spontaneous emission rate with polarization for self-assembled single quantum dots in two-dimensional photonic crystal membranes and obtained a maximum anisotropy factor of 6 between the decay rates of the two nondegenerate bright exciton states....

  2. A Room-Temperature High-Speed Quantum Dot Infrared Photodetector with High Photodetectivity Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The STTR Phase I proposal aims to develop innovative device concepts and fabrication techniques that enable the construction of high-performance uncooled long-wave...

  3. Highly efficient cadmium-free quantum dot light-emitting diodes enabled by the direct formation of excitons within InP@ZnSeS quantum dots.

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    Lim, Jaehoon; Park, Myeongjin; Bae, Wan Ki; Lee, Donggu; Lee, Seonghoon; Lee, Changhee; Char, Kookheon

    2013-10-22

    We demonstrate bright, efficient, and environmentally benign InP quantum dot (QD)-based light-emitting diodes (QLEDs) through the direct charge carrier injection into QDs and the efficient radiative exciton recombination within QDs. The direct exciton formation within QDs is facilitated by an adoption of a solution-processed, thin conjugated polyelectrolyte layer, which reduces the electron injection barrier between cathode and QDs via vacuum level shift and promotes the charge carrier balance within QDs. The efficient radiative recombination of these excitons is enabled in structurally engineered InP@ZnSeS heterostructured QDs, in which excitons in the InP domain are effectively passivated by thick ZnSeS composition-gradient shells. The resulting QLEDs record 3.46% of external quantum efficiency and 3900 cd m(-2) of maximum brightness, which represent 10-fold increase in device efficiency and 5-fold increase in brightness compared with previous reports. We believe that such a comprehensive scheme in designing device architecture and the structural formulation of QDs provides a reasonable guideline for practical realization of environmentally benign, high-performance QLEDs in the future.

  4. Direct aqueous synthesis of quantum dots for high-performance AgInSe2 quantum-dot-sensitized solar cell

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    Li, Pei-Ni; Ghule, Anil V.; Chang, Jia-Yaw

    2017-06-01

    Compared to the use of an organic system, a synthetic method based on aqueous solutions offers the potential for simple, environmentally friendly, low-cost fabrication with high synthetic reproducibility and easy upscaling. Here, AgInSe2 quantum dots (QDs) capped with different types of thiol molecules [thioglycolic acid (TGA), 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), or glutathione (GSH)] are prepared within 15 min in aqueous media under microwave irradiation. The GSH-stabilized AgInSe2 QDs are demonstrated to be effective light harvesters in a QD-sensitized solar cell (QDSSC), showing ∼23% better efficiency than cells using TGA- and MPA-stabilized AgInSe2 QDs. The performance enhancement is attributed to the multidentate chelating effect of the GSH stabilizer, which provides efficient charge injection from QDs into the conduction band of TiO2 in the photoanode. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy/intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy measurements are adopted for more detailed study of the interfacial properties and electron transport characteristics of these AgInSe2 QDSSCs. More importantly, the GSH-stabilized AgInSe2 QDSSC with TiCl4 treatment exhibits an excellent power conversion efficiency of 5.69% with an average value of 5.48 ± 0.19% under 100 mW cm-2 illumination, which is one of the highest values observed for a QDSSC sensitized with a Ag-based metal chalcogenide.

  5. Breakdown of the dipole approximation for large quantum dot emitters coupled to an interface

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    Stobbe, Søren; Johansen, Jeppe; Löffler, A.

    2008-01-01

    We measured time-resolved photoluminescence from large quantum dots near a semiconductor-air interface. Far from the interface our data are consistent with dipole theory, but near the interface they question the validity of the dipole approximation.......We measured time-resolved photoluminescence from large quantum dots near a semiconductor-air interface. Far from the interface our data are consistent with dipole theory, but near the interface they question the validity of the dipole approximation....

  6. Site control technique for quantum dots using electron beam induced deposition

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    Iizuka, Kanji; Jung, JaeHun; Yokota, Hiroshi [Nippon Institute of Technology, 4-1 Gakuendai, Miyashiro, Minami-saitama, Saitama 3458501 (Japan)

    2014-05-15

    To develop simple and high throughput sit definition technique for quantum dots (QDs), the electron beam induced deposition (EBID) method was used as desorption guide of phosphorus atoms form InP substrate. As the results one or a few indium (In) droplets (DLs) were created in the carbon grid pattern by thermal annealing at a temperature of 450°C for 10 min in the ultra high vacuum condition. The size of In DLs was larger than QDs, but arsenide DLs by molecular beam in growth chamber emitted wavelength of 1.028μm at 50K by photoluminescence measurement.

  7. The spectral analysis and threshold limits of quasi-supercontinuum self-assembled quantum dot interband lasers

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    Tan, Cheeloon

    2009-09-01

    This paper presents a theoretical model to explain the quasi-supercontinuum interband emission from InGaAs/GaAs self-assembled semiconductor quantum dot lasers by accounting for both inhomogeneous and homogeneous optical gain broadening. The experimental and theoretical agreement of a room temperature (293 K) broadband laser emission confirms the presence of multiple-state lasing actions in highly inhomogeneous dot ensembles. The corresponding full-width half-maximum of the photoluminescence is 76 meV as opposed to those wideband lasing coverage at only low temperature (∼60 K) from typical quantum dot lasers. A newly proposed change of homogeneous broadening with injection that occurs only in highly inhomogeneous quantum dot system is critical to account for the continuous wideband lasing but not the conventional ideas of carrier dynamics in semiconductor lasers. In addition, the analysis of threshold conditions reveals that broadband lasing only occurs when the energy spacing between quantized energy states is comparable to the inhomogeneous broadening of quantum-dot nanostructures. The study is important in providing a picture of this novel device and realization of broad lasing coverage for diverse applications, especially in the research field of short-pulse generation and ultra-fast phenomena in semiconductor quantum-dot laser. © 2009 IEEE.

  8. A simple and sensitive fluorescent sensor for methyl parathion based on L-tyrosine methyl ester functionalized carbon dots.

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    Hou, Juying; Dong, Jing; Zhu, Haishuang; Teng, Xue; Ai, Shiyun; Mang, Minglin

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, a simple and sensitive fluorescent sensor for methyl parathion is developed based on L-tyrosine methyl ester functionalized carbon dots (Tyr-CDs) and tyrosinase system. The carbon dots are obtained by simple hydrothermal reaction using citric acid as carbon resource and L-tyrosine methyl ester as modification reagent. The carbon dots are characterized by transmission electron microscope, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction spectrum, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The carbon dots show strong and stable photoluminescence with a quantum yield of 3.8%. Tyrosinase can catalyze the oxidation of tyrosine methyl ester on the surface of carbon dots to corresponding quinone products, which can quench the fluorescence of carbon dots. When organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) are introduced in system, they can decrease the enzyme activity, thus decrease the fluorescence quenching rate. Methyl parathion, as a model of OPs, was detected. Experimental results show that the enzyme inhibition rate is proportional to the logarithm of the methyl parathion concentration in the range 1.0×10(-10)-1.0×10(-4) M with the detection limit (S/N=3) of 4.8×10(-11) M. This determination method shows a low detection limit, wide linear range, good selectivity and high reproducibility. This sensing system has been successfully used for the analysis of cabbage, milk and fruit juice samples. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Core–shell quantum dots: Properties and applications

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    Vasudevan, D., E-mail: vasudevand@rediffmail.com [Electrodics and electrocatalysis division, CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi 630006 (India); Gaddam, Rohit Ranganathan [Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida 201301 (India); Trinchi, Adrian; Cole, Ivan [CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton South MDC, 3169 (Australia)

    2015-07-05

    Fluorescent quantum dots (QDs) are semiconducting nanocrystals (NCs) that find numerous applications in areas, such as bio labelling, sensors, lasers, light emitting diodes and medicine. Core–shell quantum dots were developed to improve the photoluminescence efficiency of single quantum dots. Capping their surface with organic ligands as well as their extraction into aqueous media enables their use in sensing applications. The current review highlights the importance and applications of core shell quantum dots as well as their surface modifications and applications in the field of medicine and as sensors for chemical and biochemical analysis.

  10. Carrier dynamics in submonolayer InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots

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    Xu, Zhangcheng; Zhang, Yating; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2006-01-01

    Carrier dynamics of submonolayer InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) were studied by microphotoluminecence (MPL), selectively excited photoluminescence (SEPL), and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL). MPL and SEPL show the coexistence of localized and delocalized states, and different local phonon...

  11. Theory of spontaneous emission of quantum dots in the linear regime.

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    Zora, A; Simserides, C; Triberis, G P

    2007-10-10

    We develop a fully quantum-mechanical theory for the interaction of light and electron-hole excitations in semiconductor quantum dots. Our theoretical analysis results in an expression for the photoluminescence intensity of quantum dots in the linear regime. Taking into account the single-particle Hamiltonian, the free-photon Hamiltonian, the electron-hole interaction Hamiltonian, and the interaction of carriers with light, and applying the Heisenberg equation of motion to the photon number expectation values, to the carrier distribution functions and to the correlation term between the photon generation (destruction) and electron-hole pair, we obtain a set of luminescence equations. Under quasi-equilibrium conditions, these equations become a closed-set of equations. We solve them analytically, in the linear regime, and we find an approximate solution of the incoherent photoluminescence intensity. The validity of the theoretical analysis is tested by investigating the emission spectra in the high-temperature regime, interpreting the experimental findings for the emission spectra of a lens-shaped In(0.5)Ga(0.5)As self-assembled quantum dot. Our theoretical predictions for the interlevel spacing as well as for the dephasing time caused by electron-longitudinal optical phonon interactions are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  12. Low temperature method for synthesis of ZnS quantum dots and its luminescence characterization studies

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    Senthilkumar, K., E-mail: senovi2007@gmail.com [Department of Physics, AMET University, Chennai 603112 (India); Department of Physics, SRM University, Chennai 603203 (India); Kalaivani, T. [Department of Physics, SRM University, Chennai 603203 (India); Kanagesan, S. [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (MSCL), Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang 43400, Selangor (Malaysia); Balasubramanian, V. [Department of Chemistry, AMET University, Chennai 603112 (India)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dots of sizes 2.68-4.8 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It is embedded on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix, have been synthesized at 70 Degree-Sign C by wet chemical method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical absorption spectra showed strong blue shift, which is an indication of strong quantum confinement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnS quantum dots exhibit strong quantum confinement effect as the optical band gap increases significantly, from 3.96 eV to 4.06 eV, compared to bulk value 3.68 eV. - Abstract: Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) quantum dots of sizes 2.68-4.8 nm, embedded on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix, have been synthesized at 70 Degree-Sign C by wet chemical method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) Spectroscopy has been adopted for sample characterization. Optical absorption spectra showed strong blue shift, which is an indication of strong quantum confinement. Photoluminescence spectra of the sample have been recorded at room temperature and observed two peaks centred around 415 nm and 440 nm. We have assigned the first peak due to band gap transitions while the later due to sulfur vacancy in the sample.

  13. Enhanced Photon Extraction from a Nanowire Quantum Dot Using a Bottom-Up Photonic Shell

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    Jeannin, Mathieu; Cremel, Thibault; Häyrynen, Teppo; Gregersen, Niels; Bellet-Amalric, Edith; Nogues, Gilles; Kheng, Kuntheak

    2017-11-01

    Semiconductor nanowires offer the possibility to grow high-quality quantum-dot heterostructures, and, in particular, CdSe quantum dots inserted in ZnSe nanowires have demonstrated the ability to emit single photons up to room temperature. In this paper, we demonstrate a bottom-up approach to fabricate a photonic fiberlike structure around such nanowire quantum dots by depositing an oxide shell using atomic-layer deposition. Simulations suggest that the intensity collected in our NA =0.6 microscope objective can be increased by a factor 7 with respect to the bare nanowire case. Combining microphotoluminescence, decay time measurements, and numerical simulations, we obtain a fourfold increase in the collected photoluminescence from the quantum dot. We show that this improvement is due to an increase of the quantum-dot emission rate and a redirection of the emitted light. Our ex situ fabrication technique allows a precise and reproducible fabrication on a large scale. Its improved extraction efficiency is compared to state-of-the-art top-down devices.

  14. High Frequency Magnetic Field Direction Finding Using MGL-S9A B-dot Sensors

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    2013-03-21

    lifted me up when I was tired of the grind . Thank you, and I love you both. Michael D. Archer v Table of Contents Page Abstract...loops to detect the magnetic field [11]. The SQUID sensor is a cryogenic cooled semiconductor material that has the capability to detect signals at...monopoles, and B-dot sensors. Multiple considerations lead to the use of a particular sensor. For example, the SQUID sensors require cryogenic equipment

  15. Highly luminescent N-doped carbon quantum dots as an effective multifunctional fluorescence sensing platform.

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    Qian, Zhaosheng; Ma, Juanjuan; Shan, Xiaoyue; Feng, Hui; Shao, Linxiang; Chen, Jianrong

    2014-02-17

    The doping of carbon quantum dots with nitrogen provides a promising direction to improve fluorescence performance and broaden their applications in sensing systems. Herein we report a one-pot solvothermal synthesis of N-doped carbon quantum dots (NCQDs) and the synthesis of a series of NCQDs with different nitrogen contents. The as-prepared NCQDs were compared with carbon quantum dots (CQDs); the introduction of nitrogen atoms largely increased the quantum yield of NCQDs and highest emission efficiency is up to 36.3 %. The fluorescence enhancement may originate from more polyaromatic structures induced by incorporated nitrogen atoms and protonation of nitrogen atoms on dots. It was found that NCQDs can act as a multifunctional fluorescence sensing platform because they can be used to detect pH values, Ag(I), and Fe(III) in aqueous solution. The fluorescence intensity of NCQDs is inversely proportional to pH values across a broad range from 5.0 to 13.5, which indicates that NCQDs can be devised as an effective pH indicator. Selective detection of Ag(I) and Fe(III) was achieved based on their distinctive fluorescence influence because Ag(I) can significantly enhance the fluorescence whereas Fe(III) can greatly quench the fluorescence. The quantitative determination of Ag(I) can be accomplished with NCQDs by using the linear relationship between fluorescence intensity of NCQDs and concentration of Ag(I). The sensitive detection of H2O2 was developed by taking advantage of the distinct quenching ability of Fe(III) and Fe(II) toward the fluorescence of NCQDs. Cellular toxicity test showed NCQDs still retain low toxicity to cells despite the introduction of a great deal of nitrogen atoms. Moreover, bioimaging experiments demonstrated that NCQDs have stronger resistance to photobleaching than CQDs and more excellent fluorescence labeling performance. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Controlled synthesis and optical properties of tunable CdSe quantum dots and effect of pH

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    R. K. Ratnesh

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium selenide (CdSe quantum dots (Q-dots were prepared by using non-coordinating solvent octadecene instead of coordinating agent trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO. Reaction processes were carried out at various temperatures of 240°, 260°, 280° and 300° C under nitrogen atmosphere. The prepared CdSe Q-dots which are highly stable show uniform size distribution and tunable optical absorption and photoluminescence (PL. The growth temperature significantly influenced the particle size; spectral behavior, energy band gap and PL intensity and the full width at half maxima (FWHM. Three different methods were employed to determine the particle size and the average particle size of the CdSe Q-dots is 3.2 - 4.3 nm, grown at different temperatures. In addition, stable and mono-dispersed water soluble CdSe Q-dots were prepared by the ligand exchange technique. Thus, the water soluble Q-dots, which are sensitive to the basic pH may be important for biological applications.

  17. A High Power, Frequency Tunable Colloidal Quantum Dot (CdSe/ZnS) Laser.

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    Prasad, Saradh; AlHesseny, Hanan Saleh; AlSalhi, Mohamad S; Devaraj, Durairaj; Masilamai, Vadivel

    2017-01-30

    Tunable lasers are essential for medical, engineering and basic science research studies. Most conventional solid-state lasers are capable of producing a few million laser shots, but limited to specific wavelengths, which are bulky and very expensive. Dye lasers are continuously tunable, but exhibit very poor chemical stability. As new tunable, efficient lasers are always in demand, one such laser is designed with various sized CdSe/ZnS quantum dots. They were used as a colloid in tetrahydrofuran to produce a fluorescent broadband emission from 520 nm to 630 nm. The second (532 nm) and/or third harmonic (355 nm) of the Nd:YAG laser (10 ns, 10 Hz) were used together as the pump source. In this study, different sized quantum dots were independently optically pumped to produce amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) with 4 nm to 7 nm of full width at half-maximum (FWHM), when the pump power and focusing were carefully optimized. The beam was directional with a 7 mrad divergence. Subsequently, these quantum dots were combined together, and the solution was placed in a resonator cavity to obtain a laser with a spectral width of 1 nm and tunable from 510 to 630 nm, with a conversion efficiency of about 0.1%.

  18. Ultrafast emission decay with high emission efficiency of quantum dots in plasmonic-dielectric metasubstrates

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    Wing, Waylin J.; Sadeghi, Seyed M.; Gutha, Rithvik R.

    2017-07-01

    We report on the ultrafast decay of quantum dots that reaches nearly 430 ps without reduction in the emission intensity when near a metasubstrate of simple geometry. By implementing a layered structure of amorphous silicon sandwiched between two gold layers, the balance between plasmonic near field enhancement and energy transfer of the quantum dots has been shifted. This is achieved by tailoring the amount of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to the top Au layer and plasmonic near field enhancement by the bottom Au layer. We also study the impact of deposition of Al oxide on the top Au layer, forming a charge barrier junction that can suppress Auger recombination of quantum dots. The results show that such a barrier can increase emission efficiency of the metastructure without significant reduction in the decay rate. We study the impact of formation of small nanoislands to contiguous islands via variation of the thickness of the top Au layer, and discuss how such morphologies determine the amount of FRET, screening of plasmonic field from the bottom Au layer, and enhancement of emission due to their own plasmonic fields.

  19. In situ generation of well-dispersed ZnO quantum dots on electrospun silica nanotubes with high photocatalytic activity.

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    Zhang, Xin; Shao, Changlu; Zhang, Zhenyi; Li, Jinhuan; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Mingyi; Mu, Jingbo; Guo, Zengcai; Liang, Pingping; Liu, Yichun

    2012-02-01

    The ZnO quantum dots-SiO(2) nanotubes (ZQDs-SNTs) nanocomposite was successfully fabricated by direct heat treatment of the electrospun zinc acetate/tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS)/polymer nanotubes (NTs). The results indicated that the ZnO quantum dots (ZQDs) with diameter about 3-5 nm were highly dispersed on the SiO(2) nanotubes (SNTs). And, there might be Zn-O-Si bonds between ZQDs and SiO(2) matrix, which formed interface states in the ZQDs-SNTs nanocomposite. The photocatalytic studies revealed that the ZQDs-SNTs nanocomposite exhibited high photocatalytic activity to degrade Rhodamine B (RB) under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, which might be ascribed to two reasons. The first one was the high dispersity of ZQDs; another one was the high separation efficiency of photogenerated electron-hole pairs due to the trap effect for photogenerated electrons of the interface states between ZQDs and SiO(2). During the photocatalytic reaction, the ZQDs-SNTs nanocomposite also exhibited high chemical stability in a wide range of pH values, which might be ascribed to the protective action of SiO(2) and the presence of Zn-O-Si bonds between ZQDs and SiO(2). Furthermore, the ZQDs-SNTs nanocomposites could be easily recycled because of their one-dimensional nanostructure property.

  20. Preparation and biological evaluation of photoluminescent carbonaceous nanospheres.

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    Qian, Jun; Chen, Jiantao; Ruan, Shaobo; Shen, Shun; He, Qin; Jiang, Xinguo; Zhu, Jianhua; Gao, Huile

    2014-09-01

    Carbon nanospheres (CNP) possess several unique properties that render CNP superior to traditional organic dyes and quantum dots in the biological application. However, the interaction of CNP with biological systems was far from well-known. In this study, a simple method using cocoon silk was used to synthesize photoluminescent CNP. The particle size of CNP was 100.6 nm with well dispersity. The excitation/emission wavelength was 340 nm and 442 nm. Cellular uptake demonstrated the uptake of CNP by A549 cells was a time-, concentration- and energy-dependent procedure. Endosome was involved in the uptake rather than mitochondria. Through several uptake inhibitors, it showed the uptake was energy-dependent and mainly mediated by clathrin-mediated endocytosis. In vivo, CNP were mainly distributed in heart and lung, while only a modest amount of CNP was distributed in spleen, liver and kidney. The distribution in tumor was relatively low, which made CNP a candidate for heart cell imaging. At as high as 2mg/mL, CNP showed no obvious toxicity to cells. The hemolysis rate of CNP was also lower than 10%. These results suggested CNP was relatively safe in biological application. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Highly aqueous soluble CaF2:Ce/Tb nanocrystals: effect of surface functionalization on structural, optical band gap, and photoluminescence properties.

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    Ansari, Anees A; Parchur, Abdul K; Kumar, Brijesh; Rai, S B

    2016-12-01

    decomposition rout shows high dispersibility in aqueous solvents with enhanced photoluminescence. The epitaxial growth of inert CaF2 shell and further amorphous silica, respectively, enhanced their optical and luminescence properties, which is highly usable for luminescent biolabeling, and optical bioprobe etc.

  2. Temperature-dependent properties of single long-wavelength InGaAs quantum dots embedded in a strain reducing layer

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    Olbrich, Fabian; Kettler, Jan; Bayerbach, Matthias; Paul, Matthias; Höschele, Jonatan; Portalupi, Simone Luca; Jetter, Michael; Michler, Peter

    2017-05-01

    We report on temperature-dependent investigations of single metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy-grown In(Ga)As/GaAs quantum dots at wavelengths above 1 μm. Here, two types of samples are compared, whereas the quantum dots differ in the material composition and are embedded in a strain reducing layer to achieve an emission redshift. The analysis is performed by standard micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy, time-correlated photon counting, and intensity second-order autocorrelation measurements. It is found that the long-wavelength quantum dots experience a high charge carrier confinement (˜200 meV), but the thermal emission of carriers into the barrier or the wetting layer is mainly dominated by the shell spacing of individual dots. Additionally, we demonstrate that the single-dot carrier dynamics is reservoir-dominated. The influence of the strain reducing layers seems to cause this effect, leading to changes in the effective dot filling rate and charge configuration. Single-photon emission is preserved up to 77 K for a sample spectrally reaching the telecom O-band and then allowing for quantum dot single-photon operation at liquid nitrogen temperatures.

  3. High efficient OLED displays prepared with the air-gapped bridges on quantum dot patterns for optical recycling

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    Hyo-Jun Kim; Min-Ho Shin; Joo-Suc Kim; Se-Eun Kim; Young-Joo Kim

    2017-01-01

    An optically efficient structure was proposed and fabricated to realize high brightness organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays based on a white OLED prepared with the air-gapped bridges on the quantum dot (QD) patterns. Compared with a conventional white OLED display, in our experiments, the optical intensity of the proposed OLED display shows the enhancement of 58.2% in the red color and 16.8% in the green color after applying the air-gapped bridge structure on QD patterns of 20?wt% co...

  4. 53% Efficient Red Emissive Carbon Quantum Dots for High Color Rendering and Stable Warm White-Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Wang, Zifei; Yuan, Fanglong; Li, Xiaohong; Li, Yunchao; Zhong, Haizheng; Fan, Louzhen; Yang, Shihe

    2017-10-01

    Red emissive carbon quantum dots (R-CQDs) with quantum yield of 53% is successfully prepared. An ultraviolet (UV)-pumped CQD phosphors-based warm white light-emitting diode (WLED) is realized for the first time and achieves a color rendering index of 97. This work provides a new avenue for the exploration of low cost, environment-friendly, and high-performance CQD phosphors-based warm WLEDs. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Color-tunable light emitting diodes based on quantum dot suspension.

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    Luo, Zhenyue; Chen, Haiwei; Liu, Yifan; Xu, Su; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2015-04-01

    We propose a color-tunable light emitting diode (LED) consisting of a blue LED as the light source and quantum dot (QD) suspension as the color-conversion medium. The LED color temperature can be controlled by varying the liquid volume of each QD suspension with different photoluminescence colors. We simulate and optimize the light efficiency and color quality of the color-tunable LED and also fabricated a prototype to prove concept. The proposed color-tunable LED exhibits several advantages such as excellent color-rendering property, simple structure and driving mechanism, as well as high energy efficiency. Its potential applications include circadian rhythm regulation and healthy lighting.

  6. Quantum Electrodynamics with Semiconductor Quantum Dots Coupled to Anderson‐localized Random Cavities

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    Sapienza, Luca; Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup; Stobbe, Søren

    2011-01-01

    of the spontaneous emission decay rate by up to a factor 15 and an efficiency of channeling single photons into Anderson-localized modes reaching values as high as 94%. These results prove that disordered photonic media provide an efficient platform for quantum electrodynamics, offering a novel route to quantum......We demonstrate that the spontaneous emission decay rate of semiconductor quantum dots can be strongly modified by the coupling to disorder-induced Anderson-localized photonic modes. We experimentally measure, by means of time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, the enhancement...

  7. Light emission enhancement from Ge quantum dots with phosphorous δ-doped neighboring confinement structures

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    Sawano, K.; Nakama, T.; Mizutani, K.; Harada, N.; Xu, X.; Maruizumi, T.

    2017-11-01

    Room-temperature photoluminescence intensity from Germanium (Ge) quantum dots (QDs) is highly enhanced by the Phosphorous (P) δ-doping at Ge QDs/Si interfaces since stronger confinements of electrons at the interfaces can be realized by the doping. Suppression of surface segregation of the doped P atoms, which is essential for the δ-doping with a sharp profile, is realized by the control of growth temperatures of Ge QDs and spacer-Si layers after P doping. It is, therefore, concluded that higher efficiency light emitting devices can be realized based on Ge QDs with optimal n-type doping and growth conditions.

  8. Photoluminescent carbogenic nanoparticles directly derived from crude biomass

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    Krysmann, Marta J.

    2012-01-01

    We present an environmentally benign, energy efficient and readily scalable approach to synthesize photoluminescent carbogenic nanoparticles directly from soft tissue biomass. Our approach relies on the pyrolytic decomposition of grass that gives rise to the formation of well-defined nanoparticles. The carbogenic nanoparticles can be readily surface modified, generating a series of highly selective photoluminescent materials that exhibit remarkable stability upon prolonged exposure to aggressive, high-temperature, high-salinity environment. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  9. Generating free charges by carrier multiplication in quantum dots for highly efficient photovoltaics.

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    Ten Cate, Sybren; Sandeep, C S Suchand; Liu, Yao; Law, Matt; Kinge, Sachin; Houtepen, Arjan J; Schins, Juleon M; Siebbeles, Laurens D A

    2015-02-17

    CONSPECTUS: In a conventional photovoltaic device (solar cell or photodiode) photons are absorbed in a bulk semiconductor layer, leading to excitation of an electron from a valence band to a conduction band. Directly after photoexcitation, the hole in the valence band and the electron in the conduction band have excess energy given by the difference between the photon energy and the semiconductor band gap. In a bulk semiconductor, the initially hot charges rapidly lose their excess energy as heat. This heat loss is the main reason that the theoretical efficiency of a conventional solar cell is limited to the Shockley-Queisser limit of ∼33%. The efficiency of a photovoltaic device can be increased if the excess energy is utilized to excite additional electrons across the band gap. A sufficiently hot charge can produce an electron-hole pair by Coulomb scattering on a valence electron. This process of carrier multiplication (CM) leads to formation of two or more electron-hole pairs for the absorption of one photon. In bulk semiconductors such as silicon, the energetic threshold for CM is too high to be of practical use. However, CM in nanometer sized semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) offers prospects for exploitation in photovoltaics. CM leads to formation of two or more electron-hole pairs that are initially in close proximity. For photovoltaic applications, these charges must escape from recombination. This Account outlines our recent progress in the generation of free mobile charges that result from CM in QDs. Studies of charge carrier photogeneration and mobility were carried out using (ultrafast) time-resolved laser techniques with optical or ac conductivity detection. We found that charges can be extracted from photoexcited PbS QDs by bringing them into contact with organic electron and hole accepting materials. However, charge localization on the QD produces a strong Coulomb attraction to its counter charge in the organic material. This limits the production

  10. Quantum dot bio-conjugate: as a western blot probe for highly sensitive detection of cellular proteins

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    Kale, Sonia; Kale, Anup; Gholap, Haribhau; Rana, Abhimanyu; Desai, Rama; Banpurkar, Arun; Ogale, Satishchandra; Shastry, Padma

    2012-03-01

    In the present study, we report a quantum dot (QD)-tailored western blot analysis for a sensitive, rapid and flexible detection of the nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins. Highly luminescent CdTe and (CdTe)ZnS QDs are synthesized by aqueous method. High resolution transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction are used to characterize the properties of the quantum dots. The QDs are functionalized with antibodies of prostate apoptosis response-4 (Par-4), poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases and β actin to specifically bind with the proteins localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm of the cells, respectively. The QD-conjugated antibodies are used to overcome the limitations of conventional western blot technique. The sensitivity and rapidity of protein detection in QD-based approach is very high, with detection limits up to 10 pg of protein. In addition, these labels provide the capability of enhanced identification and localization of marker proteins in intact cells by confocal laser scanning microscopy.

  11. Emission from quantum-dot high- microcavities: transition from spontaneous emission to lasing and the effects of superradiant emitter coupling

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    Kreinberg, S; Wolters, J; Schneider, C; Gies, C; Jahnke, F; Höfling, S; Kamp, M; Reitzenstein, S

    2016-01-01

    Measured and calculated results are presented on the emission properties of a new class of emitters operating in the cavity quantum electrodynamics regime. The structures are based on high-finesse GaAs/AlAs micropillar cavities, each with an active medium consisting of a layer of InGaAs quantum dots and distinguishing feature of having substantial fraction of spontaneous emission channeled into one cavity mode (high-beta factor). This paper shows that the usual criterion for lasing with a conventional (low-beta factor) cavity, a sharp nonlinearity in an input-output curve accompanied by noticeable linewidth narrowing, has to be reinforced by the equal-time second-order photon autocorrelation function for confirming lasing. It will also show that the equal-time second-order photon autocorrelation function is useful for recognizing superradiance, a manifestation of the correlations possible in high- microcavities operating with quantum dots. In terms of consolidating the collected data and identifying the physi...

  12. Highly Parallel Computing Architectures by using Arrays of Quantum-dot Cellular Automata (QCA): Opportunities, Challenges, and Recent Results

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    Fijany, Amir; Toomarian, Benny N.

    2000-01-01

    There has been significant improvement in the performance of VLSI devices, in terms of size, power consumption, and speed, in recent years and this trend may also continue for some near future. However, it is a well known fact that there are major obstacles, i.e., physical limitation of feature size reduction and ever increasing cost of foundry, that would prevent the long term continuation of this trend. This has motivated the exploration of some fundamentally new technologies that are not dependent on the conventional feature size approach. Such technologies are expected to enable scaling to continue to the ultimate level, i.e., molecular and atomistic size. Quantum computing, quantum dot-based computing, DNA based computing, biologically inspired computing, etc., are examples of such new technologies. In particular, quantum-dots based computing by using Quantum-dot Cellular Automata (QCA) has recently been intensely investigated as a promising new technology capable of offering significant improvement over conventional VLSI in terms of reduction of feature size (and hence increase in integration level), reduction of power consumption, and increase of switching speed. Quantum dot-based computing and memory in general and QCA specifically, are intriguing to NASA due to their high packing density (10(exp 11) - 10(exp 12) per square cm ) and low power consumption (no transfer of current) and potentially higher radiation tolerant. Under Revolutionary Computing Technology (RTC) Program at the NASA/JPL Center for Integrated Space Microelectronics (CISM), we have been investigating the potential applications of QCA for the space program. To this end, exploiting the intrinsic features of QCA, we have designed novel QCA-based circuits for co-planner (i.e., single layer) and compact implementation of a class of data permutation matrices, a class of interconnection networks, and a bit-serial processor. Building upon these circuits, we have developed novel algorithms and QCA

  13. High-Q submicron-diameter quantum-dot microcavity pillars for cavity QED experiments

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    Gregersen, Niels; Lermer, Matthias; Dunzer, Florian

    and allowing for a single localized mode inside the cavity. The fundamental Bloch mode experiences an adiabatic transition, leading to an improved mode matching and a reduced coupling to propagating Bloch modes in the DBRs. The central GaAs layer incorporating quantum dots is only 60 nm thick corresponding...... to ≈ λ/5, and regular cavity concepts are thus insufficient to explain the localization of the cavity mode, demonstrating the necessity of Bloch-wave formalism in the analysis of the design. We compare our adiabatic design to a reference incorporating a λ-spacer. A theoretical improvement of Q of two...

  14. A graphene quantum dot photodynamic therapy agent with high singlet oxygen generation

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    Ge, Jiechao; Lan, Minhuan; Zhou, Bingjiang; Liu, Weimin; Guo, Liang; Wang, Hui; Jia, Qingyan; Niu, Guangle; Huang, Xing; Zhou, Hangyue; Meng, Xiangmin; Wang, Pengfei; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhang, Wenjun; Han, Xiaodong

    2014-01-01

    Clinical applications of current photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents are often limited by their low singlet oxygen (1O2) quantum yields, as well as by photobleaching and poor biocompatibility. Here we present a new PDT agent based on graphene quantum dots (GQDs) that can produce 1O2 via a multistate sensitization process, resulting in a quantum yield of ~1.3, the highest reported for PDT agents. The GQDs also exhibit a broad absorption band spanning the UV region and the entire visible region a...

  15. A novel high-efficiency single-mode quantum dot single photon source

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    Gerard, J.M.; Gregersen, Niels; Nielsen, Torben Roland

    2008-01-01

    We present a novel single-mode single photon source exploiting the emission of a semiconductor quantum dot (QD) located inside a photonic wire. Besides an excellent coupling (>95%) of QD spontaneous emission to the fundamental guided mode [1], we show that a single photon collection efficiency...... above 80% within a 0.5 numerical aperture can be achieved using a bottom Bragg mirror and a tapering of the nanowire tip. Because this photon collection strategy does not exploit the Purcell effect, it could also be efficiently applied to broadband single photon emitters such as F-centers in diamond....

  16. Quantum efficiency and oscillator strength of site-controlled InGaAs quantum dots

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    Albert, F.; Schneider, C.; Stobbe, Søren

    2010-01-01

    We report on time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy to determine the oscillator strength (OS) and the quantum efficiency (QE) of site-controlled In(Ga)As quantum dots nucleating on patterned nanoholes. These two quantities are determined by measurements on site-controlled quantum dot (SCQD...

  17. Quantum efficiency and oscillator strength of site-controlled InAs quantum dots

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    Albert, F.; Stobbe, Søren; Schneider, C.

    2010-01-01

    We report on time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy to determine the oscillator strength (OS) and the quantum efficiency (QE) of site-controlled InAs quantum dots nucleating on patterned nanoholes. These two quantities are determined by measurements on site-controlled quantum dot (SCQD...

  18. Double-resonance spectroscopy of InAs/GaAs self-assembled quantum dots

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    Murdin, B. N.; Hollingworth, A. R.; Barker, J. A.; Clarke, D. G.; Findlay, P. C.; Pidgeon, C. R.; Wells, J. P. R.; Bradley, I. V.; Malik, S.; Murray, R.

    2000-01-01

    We present far-/near-infrared double resonance measurements of self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots. The far-infrared resonance is unambiguously associated with a bound-bound intraband transition in the neutral dots. The results show that the interband photoluminescence (PL) lines originate from

  19. Carbon dots based FRET for the detection of DNA damage.

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    Kudr, Jiri; Richtera, Lukas; Xhaxhiu, Kledi; Hynek, David; Heger, Zbynek; Zitka, Ondrej; Adam, Vojtech

    2017-06-15

    Here, we aimed our attention at the synthesis of carbon dots (C-dots) with the ability to interact with DNA to suggest an approach for the detection of DNA damage. Primarily, C-dots modified with amine moieties were synthesized using the one-step microwave pyrolysis of citric acid in the presence of diethylenetriamine. The C-dots showed strong photoluminescence with a quantum yield of 4%. In addition, the C-dots (2.8±0.8nm) possessed a good colloidal stability and exhibited a positive surface charge (ζ=36mV) at a neutral pH. An interaction study of the C-dots and the DNA fragment of λ bacteriophage was performed, and the DNA binding resulted in changes to the photoluminescent and absorption properties of the C-dots. A binding of the C-dots to DNA was also observed as a change to DNA electrophoretic mobility and a decreased ability to intercalate ethidium bromide (EtBr). Moreover, the Förster (or fluorescence) resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the C-dots and EtBr was studied, in which the C-dots serve as an excitation energy donor and the EtBr serves as an acceptor. When DNA was damaged using ultraviolet (UV) radiation (λ=254nm) and hydroxyl radicals, the intensity of the emitted photoluminescence at 612nm significantly decreased. The concept was proved on analysis of the genomic DNA from PC-3 cells and DNA isolated from melanoma tissues. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. ZnO-dotted porous ZnS cluster microspheres for high efficient, Pt-free photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Wu, Aiping; Jing, Liqiang; Wang, Jianqiang; Qu, Yang; Xie, Ying; Jiang, Baojiang; Tian, Chungui; Fu, Honggang

    2015-01-01

    The Pt-free photocatalytic hydrogen evolution (PHE) has been the focus in the photocatalysis field. Here, the ZnO-dotted porous ZnS cluster microsphere (PCMS) is designed for high efficient, Pt-free PHE. The PCMS is designed through an easy “controlling competitive reaction” strategy by selecting the thiourea as S2− source and Zn(Ac)2·2H2O as Zn source in ethylene glycol medium. Under suitable conditions, one of the PCMS, named PCMS-1, with high SBET specific area of 194 m2g−1, microsphere size of 100 nm and grain size of 3 nm can be obtained. The formation of PCMS is verified by TEM, XAES, XPS, Raman and IR methods. Importantly, a series of the experiments and theoretical calculation demonstrate that the dotting of ZnO not only makes the photo-generated electrons/hole separate efficiently, but also results in the formation of the active catalytic sites for PHE. As a result, the PCMS-1 shows the promising activity up to 367 μmol h−1 under Pt-free condition. The PHE activity has no obvious change after addition 1 wt.% Pt, implying the presence of active catalytic sites for hydrogen evolution in the PCMS-1. The easy synthesis process, low preparation cost of the PCMS makes their large potential for Pt-free PHE. PMID:25748688