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Study of physico-chemical changes of CdTe QDs after their exposure to environmental conditions.

Hosnedlova, Bozena; Vsetickova, Michaela; Stankova, Martina; Uhlirova, Dagmar; Ruttkay-Nedecky, Branislav; Ofomaja, Augustine; Fernandez, Carlos; Kepinska, Marta; Baron, Mojmir; Ngoc, Bach Duong; Nguyen, Hoai Viet; Thu, Ha Pham Thi; Sochor, Jiri; Kizek, Rene


Bozena Hosnedlova

Michaela Vsetickova

Martina Stankova

Dagmar Uhlirova

Branislav Ruttkay-Nedecky

Augustine Ofomaja

Marta Kepinska

Mojmir Baron

Bach Duong Ngoc

Hoai Viet Nguyen

Ha Pham Thi Thu

Jiri Sochor

Rene Kizek


The irradiance of ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a physical parameter that significantly influences biological molecules by affecting their molecular structure. The influence of UV radiation on nanoparticles has not been investigated much. In this work, the ability of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) to respond to natural UV radiation was examined. The average size of the yellow QDs was 4 nm, and the sizes of green, red and orange QDs were 2 nm. Quantum yield of green CdTe QDs-MSA (mercaptosuccinic acid)-A, yellow CdTe QDs-MSA-B, orange CdTe QDs-MSA-C and red CdTe QDs-MSA-D were 23.0%, 16.0%, 18.0% and 7.0%, respectively. Green, yellow, orange and red CdTe QDs were replaced every day and exposed to daily UV radiation for 12 h for seven consecutive days in summer with UV index signal integration ranging from 1894 to 2970. The rising dose of UV radiation led to the release of cadmium ions and the change in the size of individual QDs. The shifts were evident in absorption signals (shifts of the absorbance maxima of individual CdTe QDs-MSA were in the range of 6–79 nm), sulfhydryl (SH)-group signals (after UV exposure, the largest changes in the differential signal of the SH groups were observed in the orange, green, and yellow QDs, while in red QDs, there were almost no changes), fluorescence, and electrochemical signals. Yellow, orange and green QDs showed a stronger response to UV radiation than red ones.


HOSNEDLOVA, B., VSETICKOVA, M., STANKOVA, M., UHLIROVA, D., RUTTKAY-NEDECKY, B., OFOMAJA, A., FERNANDEZ, C., KEPINSKA, M., BARON, M., NGOC, B.D., NGUYEN, H.V., THU, H.P.T., SOCHOR, J. and KIZEK, R. 2020. Study of physico-chemical changes of CdTe QDs after their exposure to environmental conditions. Nanomaterials [online], 10(5), article ID 865. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 27, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 30, 2020
Publication Date May 31, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 4, 2020
Journal Nanomaterials
Electronic ISSN 2079-4991
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 5
Article Number 865
Keywords UV radiation; Quantum dots; Electrochemistry detection; Fluorometric detection
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