Ligand induced circular dichroism and circularly polarized luminescence in CdSe quantum dots.

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  • Chiral thiol capping ligands L- and D-cysteines induced modular chiroptical properties in achiral cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs). Cys-CdSe prepared from achiral oleic acid capped CdSe by postsynthetic ligand exchange displayed size-dependent electronic circular dichroism (CD) and circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). Opposite CPL signals were measured for the CdSe QDs capped with D- and L-cysteine. The CD profile and CD anisotropy varied with size of CdSe nanocrystals with largest anisotropy observed for CdSe nanoparticles of 4.4 nm. Magic angle spinning solid state NMR (MAS ssNMR) experiments suggested bidentate interaction between cysteine and the surface of CdSe. Time Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) calculations verified that attachment of L- and D-cysteine to the surface of model (CdSe)13 nanoclusters induces measurable opposite CD signals for the exitonic band of the nanocluster. The origin of the induced chirality is consistent with the hybridization of highest occupied CdSe molecular orbitals with those of the chiral ligand.
  • Authors

  • Tohgha, Urice
  • Deol, Kirandeep K
  • Porter, Ashlin G
  • Bartko, Samuel G
  • Choi, Jung Kyu
  • Leonard, Brian M
  • Varga, Krisztina
  • Kubelka, Jan
  • Muller, Gilles
  • Balaz, Milan
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 23, 2013
  • Published In

  • ACS Nano  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Anisotropy
  • Cadmium Compounds
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Cysteine
  • Ligands
  • Luminescence
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Microscopy, Electron, Transmission
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oleic Acid
  • Quantum Dots
  • Selenium Compounds
  • Spectrometry, Fluorescence
  • Ultraviolet Rays
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 11094
  • End Page

  • 11102
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 12