DNA-Based Assembly of Quantum Dots into Dimers and Helices
AbstractOwing to their unique optical properties, colloidal quantum dots (QDs) have attracted much attention as versatile fluorescent markers with broad biological and physical applications. On the other hand, DNA-based assembly has proven to be a powerful bottom-up approach to create designer nanoscale objects and to use these objects for the site-directed arrangement of guest components. To achieve good colloidal stability and accurate positioning of QDs on DNA templates, robust QD surface functionalization is crucial. Here, we present a simple and reliable conjugation method for the direct attachment of DNA molecules to QDs. Phosphorothiolated regions of chimera oligonucleotides are attached and incorporated into a ZnS layer freshly growing in situ on QDs that were rendered water soluble with hydrophilic ligands in a prior step. The reaction can be completed in a 2 mL plastic tube without any special equipment. The utility of these DNA-labeled QDs is demonstrated via prototypical assemblies such as QDs dimers with various spacings and chiral helical architectures. View Full-Text
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Zhang, T.; Liedl, T. DNA-Based Assembly of Quantum Dots into Dimers and Helices. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 339.
Zhang T, Liedl T. DNA-Based Assembly of Quantum Dots into Dimers and Helices. Nanomaterials. 2019; 9(3):339.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Tao; Liedl, Tim. 2019. "DNA-Based Assembly of Quantum Dots into Dimers and Helices." Nanomaterials 9, no. 3: 339.
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