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Pure cubic phase ultra-small a-NaYF 4 :4 % Eu 3? colloidal nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition reaction using three various capping ligands, i.e., oleic acid, trioctylphosphine oxide, and hexadecylamine. To expose as many Eu 3? ions as possible to interactions with the surface-bounded ligands, the nanoparticles were fabricated to have(More)
We present tip-enhanced upconversion photoluminescence (PL) images of Er(3+)- and Yb(3+)-doped NaYF4 nanocrystals on glass substrates with subdiffraction spatial resolution. Tip-sample distance dependent measurements clearly demonstrate the near-field origin of the image contrast. Time-resolved PL measurements show that the tip increases the spontaneous(More)
Lanthanide-doped nanoparticles are of considerable interest for biodetection and bioimaging techniques thanks to their unique chemical and optical properties. As a sensitive luminescence material, they can be used as (bio) probes in Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) where trivalent lanthanide ions (La3+) act as energy donors. In this paper we present(More)
New complexes with six ferrocenyl (Fc) groups connected to Zn(II) or Cd(II) tris(2,2'-bipyridyl) cores are described. A thorough characterisation of their BPh4(-) salts includes two single-crystal X-ray structures, highly unusual for such species with multiple, extended substituents. Intense, visible d(Fe(II))→π* metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) bands(More)
Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) were prepared by direct current atmospheric pressure glow microdischarge (dc-lAPGD) generated between a miniature argon flow microjet and a flowing liquid cathode. The applied discharge system was operated in a continuous flow liquid mode. The influence of various stabilizers added to the solution of the liquid cathode, i.e.,(More)
Highly fluorescent quantum dots (QDs)-loaded nanocapsules, intended for fluorescent cell imaging, were prepared via an emulsification/solvent-evaporation method. CdSe/ZnS core/shell quantum dots were applied as cargo; Poloxamer 403 as the polymer component; Cremophor EL as the nonionic surfactant; and mineral oil, oleic acid, or silicone oil were applied as(More)
We demonstrate efficient coupling between plasmons in a single silver nanowire and nanocrystals doped with rare earth ions, α-NaYF4:Er(3+)/Yb(3+). Plasmonic interaction results in a sevenfold increase of the up-converted emission of nanocrystals located in the vicinity of the nanowires as well as much faster luminescence decays. The enhancement of the(More)
New trinuclear RuPt2 and heptanuclear RuPt6 complex salts are prepared by attaching Pt(II) 2,2':6',2"-terpyridine (tpy) moieties to Ru(II) 4,4':2',2":4",4"'-quaterpyridine (qpy) complexes. Characterization includes single crystal X-ray structures for both polymetallic species. The visible absorption bands are primarily due to Ru(II) → qpy metal-to-ligand(More)
Powder second-harmonic generation (SHG) efficiencies are usually measured at single wavelengths. In the present work, we provide a proof of concept of spectrally resolved powder SHG measured for a newly obtained series of three non-centrosymmetric coordination polymers (CPs). CPs are constructed from tetrahedral linker-tetraphenylmethane-based(More)
The reaction of a phosphonate-diester tetraphenylmethane-based tecton, tetrakis[4-(diethoxyphosphoryl)phenyl]methane, (L) with cobalt(ii) chloride afforded a centrosymmetric coordination polymer (CP), [L·2Co(H2O)42+·2CoCl42-]n, 2-Cl, possessing simultaneously octahedral (Oh) and tetrahedral (Td) metal centers. This material served as a model compound for(More)