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A two-stage assembly with PEI induced emission enhancement of Au–AgNCs@AMP and the intrinsic mechanism

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Abstract

Recently, aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties have been revealed for some metal nanoclusters (NCs), providing a new approach to improve the quantum yields (QY). In the present study, a two-stage assembly was carried out between adenosine monophosphate capped bimetallic nanoclusters of gold and silver (Au–AgNCs@AMP) and polyethylenimine (PEI), in which the QY was improved from 8.64% to 25.02%, showing obvious assembly induced emission enhancement (AIEE) properties. The intrinsic mechanisms of the assembly and emission enhancement in two stages were studied in depth, which indicated that the electrostatic interaction between the phosphate group in AMP and the amino group in PEI restricted the intramolecular vibration and rotation of capping ligands, and reduced the non-radiative relaxation of the corresponding excited states in stage I; in stage II, the micellization of PEI at high concentration pushed the NCs into a less polar environment and greatly enhanced the metal–metal interaction between them, which facilitated the excited state relaxation dynamics via a radiative pathway. Therefore, the luminescence enhancement depended on the assembly process in two stages directly. The present study is beneficial to understand the AIEE mechanism and the design principles, which will expand the applications of metal NCs.

Graphical abstract: A two-stage assembly with PEI induced emission enhancement of Au–AgNCs@AMP and the intrinsic mechanism

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The article was received on 08 May 2018, accepted on 27 Jun 2018 and first published on 28 Jun 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR03720E
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018,10, 14563-14569
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    A two-stage assembly with PEI induced emission enhancement of Au–AgNCs@AMP and the intrinsic mechanism

    X. Yu, J. Liu, H. Li and Y. Wu, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 14563
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR03720E

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