Light-patterned fluorescent gold nanoclusters in polycarbonate films

Mohammad H. Bitarafan*, Shaochen Zhou, Jussi Hänninen, Yanyan Duan, Martti Leino, Robin H.A. Ras, Juha Toivonen

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Fluorescent metal nanoclusters embedded in rigid matrices are attractive for many applications, such as for use as light-emitting diodes and for optical data storage. Given the advantages of polycarbonate films, like high transparency and excellent toughness, the development of metal nanoclusters in these films could further enhance various applications. Herein, we fabricated fluorescent gold nanoclusters in a polycarbonate film using a photochemical process. The polymer film is doped with gold chloride and a photoinitiator and then irradiated by a light-emitting diode (365 nm), leading to the photoreduction of gold ions and the formation of bright fluorescent nanoclusters with a quantum yield of 15%. The as-formed nanoclusters display good photostability and retain their emission spectral shape over an extended period of time. These highly fluorescent structures have potential applications in the fabrication of authenticity markings and optoelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4015-4025
Number of pages11
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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