Upconverting Nanoparticle to Quantum Dot Forster Resonance Energy Transfer: Increasing the Efficiency through Donor Design
authors Marin, R; Labrador-Paez, L; Skripka, A; Haro-Gonzalez, P; Benayas, A; Canton, P; Jaque, D; Vetrone, F
nationality International
journal ACS PHOTONICS
author keywords FRET; energy transfer; upconversion; quantum dots; nanoparticles; core/shell; copper indium sulfide; CuInS2; LiYF4
keywords UP-CONVERSION NANOPARTICLES; CORE-SHELL NANOPARTICLES; TRANSFER FRET; ORGANIC-DYES; NANOCRYSTALS; EMISSION; PLATFORM; ASSAY; PHOTOLUMINESCENCE; NANOPHOSPHOR
abstract We propose two effective approaches to enhance the Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) efficiency from near-infrared excited upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs, namely, LiYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+) to CuInS2 quantum dots (QDs) upon engineering of the donor's architecture. The study of the particles' interaction highlighted a radiative nature of the energy transfer among the moieties under investigation when in solution. However, analyses performed on dry powders allowed observing clear evidence of a FRET mechanism. In particular, photoluminescence lifetime measurements showed that FRET efficiency could be effectively increased by both reducing the size of the UCNPs and directly controlling the distribution of the active ions throughout the donor's volume, i.e., doping them only in the outer shell of a core/shell system. Both strategies resulted at least in a more than doubled FRET efficiency compared to larger core-only compatible with those predicted from geometrical considerations on the active ions' distribution over the UCNP volume. These results provide a concrete proof of the potential of a UCNP QD FRET pair when the system is properly designed, hence setting a solid base for the development of robust and efficient all-inorganic probes for FRET-based assays.
publisher AMER CHEMICAL SOC
issn 2330-4022
year published 2018
volume 5
issue 6
beginning page 2261
ending page 2270
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1021/acsphotonics.8b00112
web of science category Nanoscience & Nanotechnology; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Optics; Physics, Applied; Physics, Condensed Matter
subject category Science & Technology - Other Topics; Materials Science; Optics; Physics
unique article identifier WOS:000436211900025
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