Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and zinc phthalocyanines interactions in different modes (covalent and non-covalent) are reported in this study. GQDs were covalently attached to the following complexes: zinc tetraamino phthalocyanine (ZnTAPc) via amide coupling, zinc tetracarboxyphenoxy Pc (ZnTCPPc) (π-π interaction) and cationic zinc tetrapyridiloxy Pc (ZnTmPyPc) (ionic interaction). GQDs fluorescence was quenched in the presence of the ZnPc derivatives. The nanoensembles of GQDs-ZnPcs showed stimulated emissions of the ZnPcs. The suggested quenching mechanism is through Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). These novel nanoensembles hold promise for various optical and luminescence based applications.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Nov 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa through DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative for Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology (UID 62620) as well as Rhodes University/DST Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation, Rhodes University, South Africa.
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