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Fast and effective quantum-dots encapsulation and protection in PEO based photo-cross-linked micelles

Abstract : Cadmium-based quantum dots (QDs) were easily, quickly and efficiently transferred from an organic medium to water without modification of their surface chemistry by the simple emulsion/solvent evaporation technique using micelles of amphiphilic diblock copolymers based on poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl acrylate) (PEO-b-PMEA) as hosts. The resulting hybrid micelles were stabilized very rapidly by photo-cross-linking the hydrophobic core around the QDs. The encapsulation and photo-cross-linking process were shown to barely affect the photoluminescence properties. Grafting a short octyl chain at the end of the hydrophobic block enhanced both the colloidal stability of the QDs dispersed in water and prevented the quenching of their fluorescence by copper ions. Grafting a longer hexadecyl chain at the end of the PMEA block decreased the efficiency of the corona cross-linking and led to poorer stabilization and protection.
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Khalid Ferji, Ines Hamouda, Christophe Chassenieux, Brice Nadal, Benoit Dubertret, et al.. Fast and effective quantum-dots encapsulation and protection in PEO based photo-cross-linked micelles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Elsevier, 2016, 476, pp.222-229. ⟨10.1016/j.jcis.2016.05.031⟩. ⟨hal-02054808⟩

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