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The synthesis of fluorescent water-soluble gold nanoparticles by the reduction of a gold salt in the presence of a designed polymer ligand is described, the size and fluorescence of the particles being controlled by the polymer to gold ratio; the most fluorescent nanomaterial has a 3% quantum yield, a 1.1 nm gold core and a 6.9 nm hydrodynamic radius.

Original publication




Journal article


Chem Commun (Camb)

Publication Date



3986 - 3988


Diagnostic Imaging, Fluorescence, Fluorescent Dyes, Gold, Ligands, Nanoparticles, Nanotechnology, Particle Size, Polymethacrylic Acids, Solubility, Spectrometry, Fluorescence, Spectrophotometry, Atomic, Water