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Intramolecular Förster-type excitation energy transfer (FRET) processes in a series of first-generation polyphenylene dendrimers substituted with spatially well-separated peryleneimide chromophores and a terryleneimide energy-trapping chromophore at the rim were investigated by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Energy-hopping(More)
[*] Prof. B. F. Sels, G. De Cremer, E. Bartholomeeusen, Prof. D. E. De Vos Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium) E-mail: bert.sels@biw.kuleuven.be Dr. T. Vosch, Dr. J.-I. Hotta, Dr. M. B. J. Roeffaers, E. Coutiño-Gonzalez, Prof. J. Hofkens Department of Chemistry,(More)
Single-stranded oligonucleotides stabilize highly fluorescent Ag nanoclusters, with emission colors tunable via DNA sequence. We utilized DNA microarrays to optimize these scaffold sequences for creating nearly spectrally pure Ag nanocluster fluorophores that are highly photostable and exhibit great buffer stability. Five different nanocluster emitters have(More)
This Review summarizes the latest advances in the field of rylene dyes and rylene nanoemitters for applications in photonics, and describes the influence of the dye design on the optical properties, the self-assembly, the molecular interactions, as well as the labeling specificity of the compounds. The interplay between tailored (macro)molecular design and(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are regulatory small RNAs that have important roles in numerous developmental, metabolic, and disease processes of plants and animals. The individual levels of miRNAs can be useful biomarkers for cellular events or disease diagnosis. Thus, innovative new tools for rapid, specific, and sensitive detection of miRNAs are an important field(More)
The water-soluble, near-IR-emitting DNA-encapsulated silver nanocluster presented herein exhibits extremely bright and photostable emission on the single-molecule and bulk levels. The photophysics have been elucidated by intensity-dependent correlation analysis and suggest a heavy atom effect of silver that rapidly depopulates an excited dark level before(More)
Single-molecule spectroscopy of well-chosen dendritic multichromophoric systems allows investigation of fundamental photophysical processes such as energy or electron transfer in much greater detail than the respective ensemble measurements. In dendrimers with multiple chromophores, energy hopping and transfer to the chromophore with the energetically(More)
Fluorescence imaging in biological sciences is hindered by significant depth-dependent signal attenuation and highly fluorescent backgrounds. We have developed optically modulated near-IR-emitting few-atom Ag nanodots that are selectively and dynamically photobrightened upon simultaneous excitation with a secondary laser, enabling high-sensitivity image(More)
Developing molecular systems with functions analogous to those of macroscopic machine components, such as rotors, gyroscopes and valves, is a long-standing goal of nanotechnology. However, macroscopic analogies go only so far in predicting function in nanoscale environments, where friction dominates over inertia. In some instances, ratchet mechanisms have(More)
The influence of the nucleic acid secondary structure on the fast (1 h) formation of bright red emissive silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) in a DNA sequence (DNA-12nt-RED-160), designed for the detection of a microRNA sequence (RNA-miR160), was investigated. The findings show that especially the propensity for mismatch self-dimer formation of the DNA probes can(More)