Recognition-mediated assembly of quantum dot polymer conjugates with controlled morphology

Vikas Nandwana, Chandramouleeswaran Subramani, Serkan Eymur, Yi Cheun Yeh, Gulen Yesilbag Tonga, Murat Tonga, Youngdo Jeong, Boqian Yang, Michael D. Barnes, Graeme Cooke, Vincent M. Rotello

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We have demonstrated a polymer mediated "bricks and mortar" method for the self-assembly of quantum dots (QDs). This strategy allows QDs to self-assemble into structured aggregates using complementary three-point hydrogen bonding. The resulting nanocomposites have distinct morphologies and inter-particle distances based on the ratio between QDs and polymer. Time resolved photoluminescence measurements showed that the optical properties of the QDs were retained after self-assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6357-6366
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Molecular recognition
  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Quantum dots
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Catalysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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