Reversible Modification of CdSe-CdS/ZnS Quantum Dot Fluorescence by Surrounding Ca2+ Ions
2014 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 118, no 19, 10424-10433 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It has been known for a long time that the fluorescence intensity of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) becomes modified when free ions are added to the QD solution. The consequences of removing free ions from the QD solution, however, have not been closely investigated. In this work we studied fluorescence from 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MPA) coated CdSe-CdS/ZnS core-multishell QDs when free Ca2+ ions were added to and subsequently removed from the QD solution. It was found that QD fluorescence intensity was reduced when Ca2+ ions were added to the QD solution, while the wavelength of the QD fluorescence peak remained unchanged. QD fluorescence recovered when the concentration of free Ca2+ ions in the QD solution was reduced by adding Ca2+ chelator (ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid, EGTA). It was further observed that the time of single QD fluorescence at on-state and QD fluorescence lifetimes were also reduced after adding Ca2+ and then recovered when EGTA was added. Theoretical study shows that a free Ca2+ ion can attach stably to the system of [QD + surface ligand], attract the photoexcited electron, and repel the photoexcited hole inside the QD core, leading to the reduction of the radiative recombination between the electron and hole, thereafter decreasing the QD fluorescence intensity, on-state time, and fluorescence lifetimes, as observed experimentally. To the best of our knowledge, this is a first study to show that the changes of QD optical properties are reversible under the influence of Ca2+ ions. We further estimated the equilibrium association constant pK(a) of our QDs with Ca2+, which is much larger than QDs with Mg2+, Na+, and K+, indicating the feasibility of developing a QD-based Ca2+ sensor.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 118, no 19, 10424-10433 p.
PH Sensor, Blinking, Photoluminescence, Indicators, Mechanism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147041DOI: 10.1021/jp500853hISI: 000336198900066ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84900821889OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-147041DiVA: diva2:728471
FunderSwedish Research Council, 621-2011-4381Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research Vinnova, P35914-1Science for Life Laboratory - a national resource center for high-throughput molecular bioscience
QC 201406242014-06-242014-06-232015-03-06Bibliographically approved