Fluorescence millisecond oscillation in polar solvents regulates fluorescence intensity of colloidal quantum dots' solution

Akiyoshi Hoshino, Kazumi Omata, Seiichi Takami, Tadafumi Adschiri, Naofumi Terada, Takashi Funatsu, Masato Yasuharab, Kenji Yamamoto

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Quantum Dots (QDs) have been used in life science study because of their higher emission and photostability. Although physicochemical and biological properties of QDs were varied dramatically by the surface modification of QDs, little is known about the reason why the photoluminescence intensity (PLI) of QDs was changed by surface modification. We report on the millisecond-span change of PLI of QD's collective fluorescence oscillation. QDs covered with carboxylic acid and hydroxyl groups show enhanced PLI by adding NaN3, whereas QDs with amine showed less. Removal of NaN3 from QD solution abrogated the enhanced PLI. In addition, observation on evanescent field revealed that addition of antioxidants induced enhanced oscillation of QDs. Furthermore, the blinking count at one millisecond was also increased by addition of antioxidants. However the oscillation enhancement is observed in both aqueous solution and polar organic solvents but not in nonpolar organic solvents, indicating that PLI of QD was varied by the interaction between QDs and their environmental solvents. These millisecond oscillation mechanism was independent of "on" and "off" events which were conventionally known as "blinking". Taken together, the fluorescent emission of colloidal QDs is affected by both surface-covered colloidal molecules and external solvents around at millisecond span interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13516
JournalJournal of Nanophotonics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Blinking
  • Millisecond oscillation
  • Polar organic solvents
  • Quantum dots
  • Single molecular imaging


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