Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Nanotechnology. 2013 Nov 1;24(43):435704. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/43/435704. Epub 2013 Oct 2.

Efficient energy transfer in a new hybrid diphenylfluorene derivative-CdS quantum dot nanocomposite.

Author information

  • 1School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, People's Republic of China.


We report the synthesis of a novel compound, 9,9-bis(3'-aminopropyl)-2,7-diphenylfluorene (BAPDPF), and a new approach to graft the BAPDPF onto a CdS quantum dot (QD) surface via an acylation reaction. FT-IR and TGA characterizations indicate the formation of robust bonding between BAPDPF and QDs; the structures of the bare QDs and BAPDPF-CdS QD hybrid nanocomposites estimated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that they have the same size of about 3.5 nm. The extent of the spectral overlap between the emission of BAPDPF and absorption of QDs, and the change of fluorescence emission for the organic and inorganic components of the hybrid, demonstrate that the energy transfer process occurs from BAPDPF to the CdS QDs. The energy transfer of about 44% efficiency is corroborated by time-resolved fluorescence measurements, and then the solid-state photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of the nanocomposite is measured using an integrating sphere and a conventional fluorimeter. Because of the fact that the PLQY of the nanocomposite is 9.1 times larger than that of the pristine QDs, due to the energy transfer between the donor and the acceptor and passivation effects on the surface of the acceptor, the presented BAPDPF-CdS QD hybrid nanocomposites are potentially interesting in nanoparticle-based light-emitting devices.

PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for IOP Publishing Ltd.
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk