The objective of this project is to develop core-shell fluorescent nanoparticles incorporating plasmon modes using microemulsion assisted photoreduction technique. Two routes can be explored:
a) Hollow nanoparticles encapsulating chromophores: chromophores forming J-aggregates are encapsulated in hollow Au nanoparticles;
b) Nanoparticles coated with a silica layer to which chromophores are covalently bonded: Au NPs represent the core and the silica shell embeds the chromophores.
The main specific scientific objectives which will be addressed during this project are:
1. Design, synthesis and stabilization of Au NPs coupled with J-aggregated dyes that allow enhancement of fluorescence decay rate
2. Optimization of synthesis of ‘bulk’ and hollow Au NPs coupled and combined with J-aggregates
3. Evaluation of optical properties of Au NPs coupled with J-aggregates