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Incorporating anionic dyes into silicananoparticles by using a cationic polyelectrolyte as a bridge

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Abstract

A negatively charged dye, 8-hydroxypyene-1,3,6-sulfonic acid trisodium salt (HPTS), was successfully incorporated into a silica matrix by using a positively charged polyelectrolyte, poly (diallyldimethylammoniumchloride) (PDADMAC) as a bridge. The positive charges of PDADMAC were partially neutralized by HPTS upon the formation of PDADMAC–HPTS complexes. After being introduced into a Stöber system and pre-hydrolyzed for a finite time, the surface charge of the complexes was rapidly reversed from positive to negative due to the absorption of the negatively charged silica species on their surface, which was important to avoid flocculation of the complexes and allow the growth of the silica particles. Stability of the complexes and thus the size of resulting particles were tunable by changing either the positive charges of the complexes or the pre-hydrolyzation time of the Stöber system. The optical performance of the silica particles was improved and the leakage of the dye from the particles was greatly suppressed due to the electrostatic interaction between the dye and polyelectrolyte.

Graphical abstract: Incorporating anionic dyes into silica nanoparticles by using a cationic polyelectrolyte as a bridge

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Submitted
05 Sep 2010
Accepted
13 Oct 2010
First published
22 Nov 2010

J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 1147-1152
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Incorporating anionic dyes into silica nanoparticles by using a cationic polyelectrolyte as a bridge

J. Liang, Z. Lu, J. Xu, J. Li, H. Zhang and W. Yang, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 1147
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02946G

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