Highly luminescent metal-organic frameworks through quantum dot doping

Dario Buso, Jacek Jaroslaw Jasieniak, Matthew D H Lay, Piero Schiavuta, Paolo Scopece, Jamie Stuart Laird, Heinz Wilfried Amenitsch, Anita J Hill, Paolo Falcaro

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The incorporation of highly luminescent core-shell quantum dots (QDs) within a metal-organic framework (MOF) is achieved through a one-pot method. Through appropriate surface functionalization, the QDs are solubilized within MOF-5 growth media. This permits the incorporation of the QDs within the evolving framework during the reaction. The resulting QD@MOF-5 composites are characterized using X-ray fluorescence, cross-sectional confocal microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering. The synergistic combination of luminescent QDs and the controlled porosity of MOF-5 in the QD@MOF-5 composites is harnessed within a prototype molecular sensor that can discriminate on the basis of molecular size.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80 - 88
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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