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Figure S1. UV-vis absorption spectra of Ag@citrate (A) and Ag@MSA (B) nanoparticles. Insets of A and B correspond to TEM images of Ag@citrate and Ag@MSA nanoparticles, respectively.
We report the synthesis of luminescent AuAg alloy quantum clusters (QCs) in bovine serum albumin (BSA), for the first time, with experimentally determined atomic composition. Mixing of the as-synthesized protein-protected Au and Ag clusters resulted in the formation of alloy AuAg clusters within the BSA. Mass spectrometric analysis of the product of a 1 : 1… (More)
We report the chemical interactions of unsupported and alumina-supported Ag(7) and Ag(8) clusters protected with MSA (mercaptosuccinic acid) with heavy metal ions Hg(II), Cd(II), and Pb(II) in water at different concentrations. The investigation was carried out to determine the feasibility of this interesting new class of materials called quantum clusters… (More)
1 These authors have contributed equally.
A one-pot synthesis of extremely stable, water-soluble Cu quantum clusters (QCs) capped with a model protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA), is reported. From matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry, we assign the clusters to be composed of Cu(5) and Cu(13) cores. The QCs also show luminescence properties having… (More)
Clusters composed of a 32 silver atom core, protected with thiolates of glutathione (GSH) and N-(2-mercaptopropionyl)glycine (MPGH), were synthesized by a solid-state route in milligram scale. They do not exhibit surface plasmon resonance unlike their larger sized nanoparticle analogues but show molecule-like features in absorption and luminescence spectra,… (More)
In this work, we use dark-field optical microscopy (DFM) and hyper spectral imaging (HSI) to study the interactions of single Ag and Au nanoparticles (NPs) with Hg 2+ in real time, at room temperature (25 uC). NPs were immobilized on glass substrates using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS) as the anchoring agent. Red, green and blue colors were assigned… (More)
The development of luminescent mercury sulfide quantum dots (HgS QDs) through the bio-mineralization process has remained unexplored. Herein, a simple, two-step route for the synthesis of HgS quantum dots in bovine serum albumin (BSA) is reported. The QDs are characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy,… (More)