Detection of an analyte via supramolecular host-guest binding and quantum dot (QD)-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) signal transduction mechanism is demonstrated. Surface patterns consisting of CdSe/ZnS QDs functionalized at their periphery with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) were obtained by immobilization of the QDs from solution onto glass substrates patterned with adamantyl-terminated poly(propylene imine) dendrimeric "glue." Subsequent formation of host-guest complexes between vacant β-CD on the QD surface and an adamantyl-functionalized lissamine rhodamine resulting in FRET was confirmed by fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy, and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM).
- Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
- Microscopy, Fluorescence
- Quantum Dots
- Journal Article
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't