Efficient Energy Transfer between Silicon Nanoparticles and a Ru-Polypyridine Complex

M. Rosso-Vasic, L. de Cola, H. Zuilhof

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Blue-emitting amine-terminated Si nanoparticles (NPs; size, 1.57 ± 0.24 nm) are functionalized with a Ru(bpy)2(spb)2+ [bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine; spb = 4-(p-N-succinimidylcarboxyphenyl)-2,2'-bipyridine] complex. The distance between the dye and the Si core is controlled by different alkyl chain lengths (-C3H6, -C6H12, and -C11H22), and the thus formed Si NPs are two-chromophore systems that exhibit dual-emission in two separate regions: blue (450 nm, from Si core) and red (630 nm, from Ru dye). By measuring the Si/Ru ratio, the extinction coefficient of amino-terminated Si NPs was experimentally determined for the first time (2.6 × 105 M-1 cm-1). Energy transfer from Si NPs to acceptor molecules [Ru(bpy)2(spb)2+] is observed by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence, and its distance-dependent efficiency is shown to be up to 55% in the case of a short alkyl spacer (-C3H6). Energy transfer rates are for all examined cases in the (0.2-2.2) × 109 s-1 range
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2235-2240
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • hydrogen-terminated silicon
  • covalently attached monolayers
  • extremely mild attachment
  • nanocrystal quantum dots
  • porous silicon
  • visible-light
  • organic monolayers
  • surface functionalization
  • charge-transfer
  • hydrosilylation


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