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Metal nanoclusters (NCs) are being intensely pursued as prospective luminophores because of their tunable electronic and optical properties. Among the various fluorescent NCs, gold nanoclusters (GNCs) are attractive due to their biocompatibility and excellent photostability, even if so far, they have had limited application potential due to poor quantum yield (QY). In this context, a facile route is demonstrated to tune up the photophysical and photochemical activities of water‐borne luminescent GNCs through the formation of self‐assembled nanocluster superstructures. The approach involves the controlled introduction of Sn2+ ions, directing GNCs from individual particles into 3D spherical gold nanocluster colloidal frameworks (GNCFs). In these, the reduction in the nonemissive relaxation pathways leads to significant enhancement of luminescence signals (QY from ≈3.5% to ≈25%), likely owing to restricted movements of ligands. This approach paves ways for GNCFs as a potent agent for biomedical imaging and therapies, while their high photocatalytic activity is an added advantage
Original languageEnglish
Article number1900620
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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