Synthesis of Multifunctional Silica Composites Encapsulating a Mixture Layer of Quantum Dots and Magnetic Nanoparticles

Wooyoung Park, Ho Seong Jang, Kwangyeol Lee, Kyoungja Woo

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Multifunctional silica colloidal composites with enhanced photoluminescence (PL) and superparamagnetism are reported. Enhanced PL and superparamagnetism were achieved by encapsulating a mixture layer of quantum dots (QDs) and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) within a silica sphere, wherein QDs and SPIONs were capped by 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) and 2-carboxy ethyl phosphonic acid (CEPA), respectively. The silica composites encapsulating a mixture layer of QDs and SPIONs, i.e., S(Q,M)S core(layer)shell architectures with various diameters (80, 360, and 900 nm) were successfully prepared by utilizing electrostatic interaction between positively charged amine-functionalized silica (S) and negatively charged mixture of QD–MPA (Q) and SPION–CEPA (M) and then, by forming a silica shell of 10–20 nm. The S(Q,M)S showed more than twice higher PL intensity than MPA-capped QD with the same QD concentration. Increasing the molar ratio of M/Q from 0.02 to 0.05 in the S(Q,M)S increased the saturation magnetization value from 0.15 to 0.62 emu/g. The S(Q,M)S composites with enhanced PL intensity and superparamagnetism are expected to be a plausible probe material for bioimaing and sensing application. Also, the current synthetic strategy for S(Q,M)S composites is expected to be extendible to include other functional nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-86
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1


  • Enhanced photoluminescence
  • Multifunctional silica composite
  • Quantum dot (QD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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