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A novel method for preparing quantum dot nanospheres with narrow size distribution

Chu, Maoquan and Wu, Fang and Zhang, Quan and Liu, Tiantian and Yu, Yang and Ji, Ailing and Xu, Kaiyi and Feng, Zhenhua and Zhu, Jian (2010) A novel method for preparing quantum dot nanospheres with narrow size distribution. nanoscale . ISSN 10.1039/b9nr00323a

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Differently colored quantum dot (QD) nanoparticles are incorporated into bovine serum albumin (BSA) nanospheres by spray-drying followed by thermal denaturization, which is a rapid, highly efficient, large scale, and low cost method. Because the spray-dryer is equipped with an ultrasonic atomizer, most of the nanospheres are no more than 550 nm in diameter and a have narrow size distribution. Ultrathin sections (70 nm) of nanospheres are first prepared using a technique which is normally applied to cell sectioning. The section images show that the QD–BSA nanospheres are solid, and that the QDs are successfully dispersed inside the BSA nanospheres. The nanospheres emit bright fluorescence, and their fluorescence stabilities are not obviously changed compared with that of the QDs. This work provides a novel and simple method for preparing nanoscale spheres encapsulating differently colored QDs. We also present an ultrathin sectioning method for investigating the interior details of nanomaterials

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:8259
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:12 Feb 2010 15:29
Last Modified:12 Feb 2010 15:29

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