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Hamburg University awarded Research Excellence Grant

A Research Excellence Grant was recently awarded to Hamburg University to synthesise high quality Quantum dot-quantum rod systems (QDQRs) with different aspect ratios and emission wavelengths. The Hamburg University research team will provide and use these materials for the validation of measurement techniques for the traceable optical characterisation of non-spherical fluorescent nanomaterials and especially for the key fluorometric parameter QY (Quantum Yield). This will support the studies of NanoChOp Work Package 3 (WP3) “Characterisation of fluorescent nanomaterials” and Work Package 5 (WP5) “Barriers to the use of fluorescent nanomaterials in biotechnology assays”, thereby enabling the comparison of the performance of different nanomaterial-based fluorescent labels.

Hamburg’s high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) investigations will complement the nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small-angel X-ray scattering (SAXS) of WP2.