High quantum yield blue emission from water-soluble Au8 nanodots

J Am Chem Soc. 2003 Jul 2;125(26):7780-1. doi: 10.1021/ja035473v.


Prepared within biocompatible poly(amidoamine) dendrimer hosts, blue emitting Au8 nanodots were prepared with fluorescence quantum yields more than 100 times larger than any previously prepared. The strong size-dependent blue emission from these from monodisperse Au8 nanodots was measured to be 41% in aqueous solution and 52% in methanol. These easily prepared, water-soluble, and high quantum yield gold nanodots lend insight into the molecular nature of small metal nanoclusters and may find application as novel biocompatible fluorophores.