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Nanoparticle metrology in sol-gels using multiphoton excited fluorescence

Karolin, J. and Geddes, C.D. and Wynne, Klaas and Birch, D.J.S. (2001) Nanoparticle metrology in sol-gels using multiphoton excited fluorescence. Measurement Science and Technology, 13 (1). pp. 21-27. ISSN 0957-0233

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Abstract

We have developed a method of measuring the growth of nanoparticles during sol-gel glass formation based on labelling the particle with a fluorescent dye and determining the multiphoton excited decay of fluorescence anisotropy due to Brownian rotation. Multiphoton excitation is shown to give a higher dynamic range of measurement than one-photon excitation. We illustrate the sub-nanometre resolution and stability of our approach by detecting a 0.8-1.1 nm silica particle hydrodynamic mean radius increase in a tetramethylorthosilicate sol at pH 2.3 labelled with rhodamine 6G and observed over ≈4 weeks and also with a stable silica colloid of radius 6 nm, pH 8.9, labelled with a 6-methoxyquinoline-type dye.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2908
Keywords: particle metrology, fluorescence anisotropy decay, multiphoton excitation, sol-gel, TMOS, nanoscience, Solid state physics. Nanoscience
Subjects: Science > Physics > Solid state physics. Nanoscience
Department: Faculty of Science > Physics
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2007
    Last modified: 16 Jul 2013 17:51
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2908

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