PH-dependent network formation of quantum dots and fluorescent quenching by Au nanoparticle embedding

Shota Sekiguchi, Kenichi Niikura, Naoki Iyo, Yasutaka Matsuo, Asumi Eguchi, Takakazu Nakabayashi, Nobuhiro Ohta, Kuniharu Ijiro

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A simple approach to the creation of colloidal assemblies is in high demand for the development of functional devices. Here, we present the preparation of CdTe-QD (quantum dot) networks in as little as 1 day simply by pH modification without the use of oxidants. The QD network was tractable in water and casting from a droplet produced a porous networked film on both hydrophobic and hydrophilic solid substrates. Further, we found that citrate-protected gold nanoparticles (AuNPs, d = 5 nm) could be incorporated into the QD networks to afford a QD/Au composite network, and that the fluorescence from the QDs was largely decreased by the addition of a small proportion of AuNPs (QD:AuNP = 99.4:0.6), probably due to the efficient charge transfer through the network. These data indicate that our method is suitable for application to the creation of metal/QD hybrid materials that can be integrated into wet-based processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4169-4173
Number of pages5
JournalACS applied materials & interfaces
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 23


  • CdTe
  • fluorescence quenching
  • gold nanoparticle
  • nanoparticle assembly
  • quantum dot
  • self-assembly


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