A room temperature method for the encapsulation of pyrene in SiO2 nanoparticles is described. The relation between alkoxysilane surfactant chain length, reactant molar ratios and the uptake of dye, sample morphology, photophysical. properties, and the ability of the silicate matrix to protect the encapsulated dye was examined. The synthesis can easily be adapted for the encapsulation of other hydrophobic and thermolabile substances, and used in the development of nanostructured optically active coatings, films and monoliths. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Pages (from-to)||354 - 365|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|