Studies of hypro-mellose (HPMC) functionalized ZnS:Mn fluorescent quantum dots
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Fluorescent ZnS:Mn quantum dots coated with hypro-mellose (HPMC) were synthesized by using simple and facile chemical precipitation technique in which HPMC acts as a novel organic surfactant to passivate the surface, to tune the optical properties and also to functionalize the surface of quantum dot for a futuristic controlled drug release applications. Morphological and optical characterizations were done to see the effect of HPMC coating on ZnS:Mn quantum dots. Structural and morphological studies was done by using XRD and TEM respectively. XRD studies confirms the pure zinc blende phase for all the samples. TEM studies shows that HPMC is efficiently doing the surface passivation in doped quantum dots. Optical studies were done by using UV–visible, FTIR and time resolved photoluminescence. UV–visible studies shows that quantum confinement effect is more prominent and also tunable in case of HPMC coated manganese doped ZnS quantum dots. FTIR studies confirms the functionalization of HPMC on the surface of doped ZnS quantum dots. Laser induced time resolved photoluminescence studies were also done to see the effect of HPMC on the photoluminescence intensity of doped quantum dots. Time resolved studies clearly shows the much desired luminescence stability of the HPMC coated quantum dots. It is observed that both the structural and optical characteristics have strong dependence on capping concentration. As HPMC is a very important viscoelastic polymer and organic surfactant used in various types of drug formulations, these studies opens a new way in the area of efficient drug delivery, controlled drug release and targeting.
- 20.P. Yousaf Khan, M. Singhal, J.K. Sharma, C.H. Lu, S. Kumar, Nonlinear Quantum Opt. 42, 51 (2010)Google Scholar