Bright and nontoxic quantum dots (QDs) are highly desirable in a variety of applications, from solid-state devices to luminescent probes in assays. However, the processability of these species is often curbed by their surface chemistry, which limits their dispersibility in selected solvents. This renders a surface modification step often mandatory to make the QDs compatible with the solvent of interest. Here, we present a new synthetic approach to produce CuInS2 QDs compatible with organic polar solvents and readily usable for the preparation of composite materials. 3-Mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane (MPTS) was used simultaneously as solvent, sulfur source, and capping agent for the QD synthesis. The synthesized QDs possessed a maximum photoluminescence quantum yield around 6%, reaching approximately 55% after growing a ZnS shell. The partial condensation of MPTS molecules on the surface of QDs was probed by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, whose results were used to interpret the interaction of the QDs with different solvents. To prove the versatility of the developed QDs, imparted by the thiolated silane molecules, we prepared via straightforward procedures two nanocomposites of practical interest: (i) silica nanoparticles decorated with QDs and (ii) an inexpensive polymeric film with embedded QDs. We further demonstrate the potential of this composite film as a luminescence thermometer operational over a broad temperature interval, with relative thermal sensitivity above 1% K-1 in the range of biological interest.

Mercaptosilane-Passivated {CuInS}2 Quantum Dots for Luminescence Thermometry and Luminescent Labels

Francesco Enrichi;
2019-01-01

Abstract

Bright and nontoxic quantum dots (QDs) are highly desirable in a variety of applications, from solid-state devices to luminescent probes in assays. However, the processability of these species is often curbed by their surface chemistry, which limits their dispersibility in selected solvents. This renders a surface modification step often mandatory to make the QDs compatible with the solvent of interest. Here, we present a new synthetic approach to produce CuInS2 QDs compatible with organic polar solvents and readily usable for the preparation of composite materials. 3-Mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane (MPTS) was used simultaneously as solvent, sulfur source, and capping agent for the QD synthesis. The synthesized QDs possessed a maximum photoluminescence quantum yield around 6%, reaching approximately 55% after growing a ZnS shell. The partial condensation of MPTS molecules on the surface of QDs was probed by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, whose results were used to interpret the interaction of the QDs with different solvents. To prove the versatility of the developed QDs, imparted by the thiolated silane molecules, we prepared via straightforward procedures two nanocomposites of practical interest: (i) silica nanoparticles decorated with QDs and (ii) an inexpensive polymeric film with embedded QDs. We further demonstrate the potential of this composite film as a luminescence thermometer operational over a broad temperature interval, with relative thermal sensitivity above 1% K-1 in the range of biological interest.
CuInS2
silane
quantum dots
composites
luminescent films
thiolates
luminescence thermometry
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