Fluorescein (2-(6-hydroxy-3-oxo-(3H)-xanthen-9-yl)benzoic acid) has been prepared inside the pores of zeolite-Y via ship-in-a-bottle synthesis. Fluorescein, whose dimensions prevent it from entering through the ∼7 Å windows of the faujasite zeolite used, was prepared by the acid-catalyzed reaction of resorcinol and phthalic anhydride. In this article we report initial spectroscopic data as well as an example of the usefulness of these fluorescence-labeled nanoparticles for imaging applications such as confocal fluorescence microscopy. Encapsulated fluorescein shows a remarkable increase in photostability.
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Vol. 80 • No. 3