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Nanoscale research letters

Synthesis of Reabsorption-Suppressed Type-II/Type-I ZnSe/CdS/ZnS Core/Shell Quantum Dots and Their Application for Immunosorbent Assay.


PMID 28582961

Abstract

We report a phosphine-free one-pot method to synthesize ZnSe/CdS/ZnS core-shell quantum dots (QDs) with composite type-II/type-I structures and consequent reabsorption suppression properties. The as-synthesized QDs possess high efficient red emission (with quantum yield of 82%) and high optical stability. Compared to type-I QDs, the ZnSe/CdS/ZnS QDs show larger Stokes shift and lower reabsorption which can reduce the emission loss and improve the level of fluorescence output. The ZnSe/CdS/ZnS QDs are used as fluorescent labels to exploit their application in fluorescence-linked immunosorbent assay (FLISA) for the first time in the detection of C-reactive protein (CRP) with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.85 ng/mL, which is more sensitive than that of CdSe/ZnS type-I QDs based FLISA (1.00 ng/mL). The results indicate that the ZnSe/CdS/ZnS type-II/type-I QDs may be good candidates for applications in biomedical information detection.

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