A simple biphasic route to water soluble dithiocarbamate functionalized quantum dots

Jun Wang, Jun Xu, Matthew D. Goodman, Ying Chen, Min Cai, Joseph Shinar, Zhiqun Lin

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Hydrophobic trioctylphosphine oxide-functionalized CdSe quantum dots (CdSe-TOPO QDs) were transferred from organic solvent to aqueous solution via a simple yet novel biphasic ligand exchange process in one step, which involved the in-situ formation of hydrophilic dithiocarbamate moieties and subsequent ligand exchange with TOPO at the chloroform/water interface. The resulting water dispersible, dithiocarbamate functionalized CdSe QDs (i.e., D-CdSe) exhibited an increased photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield as compared to the original CdSe-TOPO QDs, suggesting an effective passivation of dithiocarbamate ligands on the QD surface. The D-CdSe QDs were then mixed with hydroxyl terminated TiO2 nanoparticles. A decrease in the PL of the mixture was observed, indicating a possible charge transfer from the D-CdSe QDs to the TiO 2 nanoparticles. The reaction of the carboxyl group on the D-CdSe surface with the hydroxyl group on the TiO2 rendered QDs in direct contact with TiO2, thereby facilitating the electronic interaction between them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3270-3274
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number27
StatePublished - 2008


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