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Microwave Synthesis of Nearly Monodisperse Core/Multishell Quantum Dots with Cell Imaging Applications

Huaipeng Su123, Hengyi Xu2, Shuai Gao1, JohnDavid Dixon2, Zoraida P Aguilar2, Andrew Y Wang2*, Jian Xu3* and Jingkang Wang1*

Author affiliations

1 State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072, People’s Republic of China

2 Ocean NanoTech LLC, 2143 Worth Lane, Springdale, AR, 72764, USA

3 Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University, University Park, PA, 16802, USA

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Citation and License

Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:625-630  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9525-1

Published: 26 January 2010


We report in this article the microwave synthesis of relatively monodisperse, highly crystalline CdSe quantum dots (QDs) overcoated with Cd0.5Zn0.5S/ZnS multishells. The as-prepared QDs exhibited narrow photoluminescence bandwidth as the consequence of homogeneous size distribution and uniform crystallinity, which was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. A high photoluminescence quantum yield up to 80% was measured for the core/multishell nanocrystals. Finally, the resulting CdSe/Cd0.5Zn0.5S/ZnS core/multishell QDs have been successfully applied to the labeling and imaging of breast cancer cells (SK-BR3).

Microwave; Semiconductor; Quantum Dots; Photoluminescence; Cell labeling