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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Photoinduced spectral changes of photoluminescent gold nanoclusters
Author(s): Marija Matulionytė; Raminta Marcinonytė; Ričardas Rotomskis

Paper Abstract

Ultrasmall photoluminescent gold nanoclusters (Au NCs), composed of several atoms with sizes up to a few nanometers, have recently stimulated extensive interest. Unique molecule-like behaviors, low toxicity, and facile synthesis make photoluminescent Au NCs a very promising alternative to organic fluorophores and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in broad ranges of biomedical applications. However, using gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) for bioimaging might cause their degradation under continuous excitation with UV light, which might result in toxicity. We report spectral changes of photoluminescent 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES)-coated (Au-MES) NCs under irradiation with UV/blue light. Photoluminescent water soluble Au-MES NCs with a photoluminescence (PL) band maximum at 476 nm (λex=420  nm) were synthesized. Under irradiation with 402 nm wavelength light the size of photoluminescent Au-MES NCs decreased (λem=430  nm). Irradiating the sample solution with 330 nm wavelength light, nonluminescent Au NPs were disrupted, and photoluminescent Au NCs (λem=476  nm) were formed. Irradiation with 330 nm wavelength light did not directly affect photoluminescent Au-MES NCs, however, increase in PL intensity indicated the formation of photoluminescent Au NCs from the disrupted nonluminescent Au NPs. This study gives a good insight into the photostability of MES-coated Au NPs under continuous excitation with UV/blue light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 2014
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 20(5) 051018 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.20.5.051018
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 20, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Marija Matulionytė, National Cancer Institute (Lithuania)
Vilnius Univ. (Lithuania)
Raminta Marcinonytė, National Cancer Institute (Lithuania)
Ričardas Rotomskis, National Cancer Institute (Lithuania)
Vilnius Univ. (Lithuania)

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