Temperature-Dependent Photoluminescence of Silver-Indium-Sulfide Nanocrystals in Aqueous Colloidal Solutions.

Author(s) Stroyuk, O.Leonidovyc; Raevskaya, A.; Spranger, F.; Gaponik, N.; Zahn, D.R.T.
Journal Chemphyschem
Date Published 2019 Apr 11

The temperature dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) makes them an appealing option in bio-sensing applications. Here, we probed the temperature-dependent PL behavior of aqueous glutathione (GSH)-capped Ag-In-S (AIS) NCs and their core/shell AIS/ZnS heterostructures. We show that both core and core-shell materials reveal strong PL quenching upon heating from 10 to 80oC, which is completely reversible upon cooling. The PL quenching is assigned to the thermally activated dissociation of complexes formed by ligands with the metal cations on the NC surface and the introduction of water into the NC coordination sphere. This unique mechanism of the thermal PL quenching results in a much higher temperature sensitivity of the aqueous colloidal AIS (AIS/ZnS) NCs as compared with previously reported analogs capped by covalently bound ligands. Our results are expected to stimulate further studies on aqueous ternary NCs as colloidal luminescent nano-thermometers applicable for ratiometric temperature sensing.

DOI 10.1002/cphc.201900088
ISSN 1439-7641
Citation Chemphyschem. 2019.

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