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Grafting perylenes to ZnO nanoparticles

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Schönamsgruber, J., Zeininger, L., & Hirsch, A. (2014). Grafting perylenes to ZnO nanoparticles. Chemistry – A European Journal, 20(9), 2529-2536. doi:10.1002/chem.201303416.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-45F9-5
A new prototype of dendritic perylenes suitable for the chemical functionalization of inorganic nanoparticles was synthesized and characterized. The bay-functionalized perylene core of these molecular architectures was coupled to a catechol moiety, which serves as an anchor group for the functionalization of metal oxides, in particular ZnO. To increase the solubility of both the perylene and the targeted hybrid nanostructures, a Newkome-type dendron bearing nine positive charges was introduced. This charge was also employed to stabilize the nanoparticles and further protect them from Ostwald ripening through Coulombic repulsion. ZnO quantum dots with an average diameter of 5a nm were synthesized and functionalized with the perylene derivative. Successful functionalization was clearly demonstrated by dynamic light scattering, zeta-potential measurements, thermogravimetric analysis/MS, and UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. The generated particle dispersions were stable against agglomeration for more than eight weeks. A polycationic, dendritic perylene compound with a catechol group for anchoring to ZnO was synthesized and used to functionalize ZnO quantum dots (see figure). A dispersion of functionalized quantum dots remained stable against agglomeration, due to Coulombic repulsion of the attached molecules. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH Co. KGaA, Weinheim.