Qingbo Zhang

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Three different sizes (15.9 ± 2.1 nm, 26.4 ± 3.2 nm and 39.8 ± 4.0 nm, respectively) of citrate-coated silver nanoparticles (SNPs) have been synthesized and characterized. The interactions of the synthesized SNPs with human serum albumin (HSA) at physiological pH have been systematically studied by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy,(More)
A fundamental understanding of the luminescence of Au-thiolate nanoclusters (NCs), such as the origin of emission and the size effect in luminescence, is pivotal to the development of efficient synthesis routes for highly luminescent Au NCs. This paper reports an interesting finding of Au(I)-thiolate complexes: strong luminescence emission by the mechanism(More)
We explored the impact of quantum dot (QD) coat characteristics on NP stability, uptake, and translocation in Arabidopsis thaliana, and subsequent transfer to primary consumers, Trichoplusia ni (T. ni). Arabidopsis was exposed to CdSe/CdZnS QDs with three different coatings: Poly(acrylic acid-ethylene glycol) (PAA-EG), polyethylenimine (PEI) and poly(maleic(More)
Turing lead into gold: Hollow hybrid PbS(x)-Au nanostructures of about 10 nm in diameter were synthesized using a one-step reaction under mild experimental conditions. The redox reaction of gold precursors with PbS nanocrystals in the presence of dodecylamine leads to the hollow feature of hybrid nanostructures (see picture).
The increasing likelihood of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) releases to the environment highlights the importance of understanding AgNP interactions with plants, which are cornerstones of most ecosystems. In this study, poplars (Populus deltoides × nigra) and Arabidopsis thaliana were exposed hydroponically to nanoparticles of different sizes (PEG-coated 5 and(More)
This paper reports a simple, one-pot, template-free synthesis of flower-like Au nanoparticles (three-dimensional branched nanoparticles with more than 10 tips) with high yield and good size monodispersity at room temperature. The size of the Au nanoflowers could be tuned by controlling the composition of the starting reaction mixture. The key synthesis(More)
This paper reports a simple and scalable method for the synthesis of highly fluorescent Ag, Au, Pt, and Cu nanoclusters (NCs) based on a mild etching environment made possible by phase transfer via electrostatic interactions. Using Ag as a model metal, a simple and fast (total synthesis time < 3 h) phase transfer cycle (aqueous → organic (2 h incubation) →(More)
Silver nanoparticles (Ag(NP)) are widely utilized in increasing number of medical and consumer products due to their antibacterial properties. Once released to aquatic system, Ag(NP) undergoes oxidative dissolution leading to production of toxic Ag(+). Dissolved Ag(+) can have a severe impact on various organisms, including indigenous microbial communities,(More)
A solution chemistry method for transforming polycrystalline Ag spherical particles into single crystalline triangular Ag nanoplates has been developed. The synthesis consists of three consecutive steps: (1) the synthesis of Ag nanospheres by NaBH(4) reduction of AgNO(3) in the presence of sodium citrate; (2) the conversion of citrate-stabilized Ag(More)