Integration of organic fluorophores in the surface of polymer-coated colloidal nanoparticles for sensing the local polarity of the environment.

Abstract

Inorganic hydrophobically capped NPs such as quantum dots, superparamagnetic iron oxide, or gold nanoparticles can be modified to make them water-soluble by their embedding in an amphiphilic polymer shell. This polymer shell can be prefunctionalized by the integration of organic fluorophores, which allows the observation of the nanoparticles with… (More)
DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201100901

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