Preparation of 1,4-bis(4-methylstyryl)benzene nanocrystals by a wet process and evaluation of their optical properties
1 Department of Visual Regenerative Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:16 doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-16Published: 13 January 2014
Single-crystal 1,4-bis(4-methylstyryl)benzene is a promising material for optoelectronic device applications. We demonstrate the preparation of 1,4-bis(4-methylstyryl)benzene nanocrystals by a wet process using a bottom-up reprecipitation technique. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the morphology of the nanocrystals to be sphere-like with an average particle size of about 60 nm. An aqueous dispersion of the nanocrystals was monodisperse and stable with a ζ-potential of -41 mV. The peak wavelengths of the absorption and emission spectra of the nanocrystal dispersion were blue and red shifted, respectively, compared with those of tetrahydrofuran solution. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the crystallinity of the nanocrystals. The presented 1,4-bis(4-methylstyryl)benzene nanocrystals are expected to be a candidate for a new class of optoelectronic material.