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Title: Designer polymer-quantum dot architectures
Authors: Tomczak, N.
Jańczewski, D.
Han, M. 
Vancso, G.J.
Keywords: Biolabelling
Quantum dots
Semiconductor-polymer hybrid materials
Structural architecture
Issue Date: May-2009
Source: Tomczak, N., Jańczewski, D., Han, M., Vancso, G.J. (2009-05). Designer polymer-quantum dot architectures. Progress in Polymer Science (Oxford) 34 (5) : 393-430. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Quantum dots (QDs) are nanocrystals made of semiconductors, which exhibit intriguing electronic transitions that resemble single atom behavior. Due to their unique, size-tunable optical and electronic properties, QDs are increasingly applied in biology, bioanalytics and optoelectronics. Many of these applications require a combination of the QDs with polymers. The development of methods to obtain well-defined polymer-QD hybrid materials with tunable optical properties is an active field of research. In this review we first describe progress in the synthesis and fabrication of polymer-QD hybrid materials of various architectures. In particular, embedding methods of semiconductor nanocrystals into bulk polymers, polymer thin films, micro- and nanospheres are presented. Direct surface modification of the nanocrystals with polymers using a number of strategies ranging from multivalent surface passivation to functionalized chain-end attachment, as well as layer-by-layer assembly are also reviewed. Finally, we provide examples for applications of QD/polymer materials in the fields of biodiagnostics, bioanalytics, photonics and optoelectronics. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Progress in Polymer Science (Oxford)
ISSN: 00796700
DOI: 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2008.11.004
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