Transient, dissipative, aggregation and deaggregation of Au nanoparticles (NPs) or semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) leading to control over their transient optical properties are introduced. The systems consist of nucleic acid-modified pairs of Au NPs or pairs of CdSe/ZnS QDs, an auxiliary duplex L1/T1, and the nicking enzyme Nt.BbvCI as functional modules yielding transient aggregation/deaggregation of the NPs and dynamically controlling over their optical properties. In the presence of a fuel strand L1′, the duplex L1/T1 is separated, leading to the release of T1 and the formation of duplex L1/L1′. The released T1 leads to aggregation of the Au NPs or to the T1-induced G-quadruplex bridged aggregated CdSe/ZnS QDs. Biocatalytic nicking of the L1/L1′ duplex fragments L1′ and the released L1 displaces T1 bridging the aggregated NPs or QDs, resulting in the dynamic recovery of the original NPs or QDs modules. The dynamic aggregation/deaggregation of the Au NPs is followed by the transient interparticle plasmon coupling spectral changes. The dynamic aggregation/deaggregation of the CdSe/ZnS QDs is probed by following the transient chemiluminescence generated by the hemin/G-quadruplexes bridging the QDs and by the accompanying transient chemiluminescence resonance energy transfer proceeding in the dynamically formed QDs aggregates. A third system demonstrating transient, dissipative, luminescence properties of a reaction module consisting of nucleic acid-stabilized Ag nanoclusters (NCs) is introduced. Transient dynamic formation and depletion of the supramolecular luminescent Ag NCs system via strand displacement accompanied by a nicking process are demonstrated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemistry (all)
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry