Transient Dissipative Optical Properties of Aggregated Au Nanoparticles, CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots, and Supramolecular Nucleic Acid-Stabilized Ag Nanoclusters

Yu Ouyang, Pu Zhang, Hadar Manis-Levy, Yossi Paltiel, Itamar Willner

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17622-17632
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume143
Issue number42
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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