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Polymer-coated quantum dots

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Quantum Dots (QDs) are semiconductor nanocrystals with distinct photophysical properties finding applications in biology, biosensing, and optoelectronics. Polymeric coatings of QDs are used primarily to provide long-term colloidal stability to QDs dispersed in solutions and also as a source of additional functional groups used in further chemical derivatization of the nanoparticles. We review the coating methods, including multidentate and amphiphilic polymeric coatings, and grafting-to and grafting-from approaches. We highlight the most commonly used polymers and discuss how their chemical structure influences the coating properties.

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The article was received on 30 Jul 2013, accepted on 09 Sep 2013 and first published on 16 Sep 2013

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03949H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 12018-12032

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    Polymer-coated quantum dots

    N. Tomczak, R. Liu and J. G. Vancso, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 12018
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03949H

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