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Issue 18, 2018
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Intensely phosphorescent block copolymer micelles containing gold(I) complexes

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The electrostatic combination of anionic block copolymers with cationic gold(I) complexes leads to the formation of spherical micelles, where gold(I)-containing ionic cores were formed with anionic blocks and further stabilized by neutral blocks of polystyrene or poly(ethylene oxide). This self-assembled strategy induces remarkable phosphorescence enhancement of the gold(I) complexes in solution. The emissive intensity increases unexpectedly with increasing molecular weight of the anionic block that is not coordinated onto the gold(I) complexes. The intensely phosphorescent micelles formed in water can be utilized as a luminescence bioimaging probe in living cells.

Graphical abstract: Intensely phosphorescent block copolymer micelles containing gold(i) complexes

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The article was received on 13 Feb 2018, accepted on 27 Mar 2018 and first published on 28 Mar 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00314A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 3521-3527

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    Intensely phosphorescent block copolymer micelles containing gold(I) complexes

    P. Guo, Q. He, C. Wang, Z. Hou, B. Yu and W. Bu, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 3521
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00314A

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