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Using carboxylate-protected silver nanoclusters (Ag-carboxylate NCs) as a model, we separately investigated the contribution of the ligand shell and the metal core to understand the nature of photoluminescence of Ag NCs. A new Ag(0)NCs@Ag(I)-carboxylate complex core-shell structural model has been proposed. The emission from the Ag-carboxylate NCs could be(More)
This article reviews the synthesis, structural and optical characterizations of some novel luminescent two dimensional organic-inorganic perovskite (2DOIP) semiconductors. These 2DOIP semiconductors show a self-assembled nano-layered structure, having the electronic structure of multi-quantum wells. 2DOIP thin layers and nanoparticles have been prepared(More)
Time-resolved fluorescence properties of quenched fluorescein sodium, including self-quenching and collisional quenching by iodide, have been studied by using a picosecond time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) apparatus, together with an upconversion spectrophotofluorometer with a time resolution better than 300 fs. The steady-state fluorescence(More)
In this paper, two pyridinium styryl dyes, [2-(4-dimethylamino-phenyl)-vinyl]-1-methylpyridinium iodide (DASPMI), were synthesized and characterized by steady state fluorescence spectroscopy as well as picosecond and femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopies. Both dyes exhibit large Stokes shifts and fluorescence decays equivalent to the(More)
Ultrafast fluorescence dynamics of Tryptophan-Tryptophan (Trp-Trp/Trp2) dipeptide and its derivatives in water have been investigated using a picosecond resolved time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) apparatus together with a femtosecond resolved upconversion spectrophotofluorometer. The fluorescence decay profiles at multiple wavelengths were(More)
We present what are believed to be the first images obtained with a far-field high-resolution scanning surface-plasmon microscope in an aqueous medium. Measurements of V(z), the output response of the microscope, versus defocus z give a signature of the surface-plasmon propagation. V(z) is strongly conditioned by the laser beam diameter and the objective's(More)
We report silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with high stability, sensitivity, and no surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) background. The Ag NPs were synthesized via a one-step process with polysodium styrenesulfonate (PSSS) templates, and they could efficiently adsorb polycyclic aromatic molecules via π-π stacking. The adsorption mechanisms and(More)
Gold (Au) nanoparticles are promising photothermal agents with the potential of clinical translation. However, the safety concerns of Au photothermal agents including the potential toxic compositions such as silver and copper elements in their structures and the relative large size-caused retention and accumulation in the body post-treatment are still(More)
Fluorescent silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs) displaying dual-excitation and dual-emission properties have been developed for the specific detection of NAD(+) (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, oxidized form). With the increase of NAD(+) concentrations, the longer wavelength emission (with the peak at 550 nm) was gradually quenched due to the strong(More)
We numerically studied the optical properties of spherical nanostructures made of an emitter core coated by a silver shell through the generalized Mie theory. When there is a strong coupling between the localized surface plasmon in the metallic shell and the emitter exciton in the core, the extinction spectra exhibit two peaks. Upon adsorption of analytes(More)