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Shell-Isolated Nanoparticle-Enhanced Luminescence of Metallic Nanoclusters

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posted on 28.04.2020, 18:06 by Mei Li, Peng Yuan, Qing-Qi Chen, Long-Hui Lin, Petar M. Radjenovic, Yong-Lin He, Jing-Yu Wang, Fan-Li Zhang, Shi-Yi Luo, Nan-Feng Zheng, San-Jun Zhang, Zhong-Qun Tian, Jian-Feng Li
Metallic nanoclusters (NCs) have molecular-like structures and unique physical and chemical properties, making them an interesting new class of luminescent nanomaterials with various applications in chemical sensing, bioimaging, optoelectronics, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), etc. However, weak photoluminescence (PL) limits the practical applications of NCs. Herein, an effective and facile strategy of enhancing the PL of NCs was developed using Ag shell-isolated nanoparticle (Ag SHIN)-enhanced luminescence platforms with tuned SHINs shell thicknesses. 3D-FDTD theoretical calculations along with femtosecond transient absorption and fluorescence decay measurements were performed to elucidate the enhancement mechanisms. Maximum enhancements of up to 231-fold for the [Au7Ag8(CCtBu)12]+ cluster and 126-fold for DNA-templated Ag NCs (DNA–Ag NCs) were achieved. We evidenced a novel and versatile method of achieving large PL enhancements with NCs with potential for practical biosensing applications for identifying target DNA in ultrasensitive surface analysis.