A facile bottom-up approach to carbon nanodots (CNDs) is reported, using a microwave-assisted procedure under controlled conditions. The as-prepared nitrogen-doped CNDs (NCNDs) show narrow size-distribution, abundant surface traps and functional groups, resulting in tunable fluorescent emission and excellent solubility in water. Moreover, we present a general method for the separation of NCNDs by low-pressure size-exclusion chromatography, leading to an even narrower size distribution, different surface composition, and optical properties. They display among the smallest size and the highest FLQYs reported so far. 13C-enriched starting materials produced N13CNDs suitable for thorough NMR studies, which gave useful information on their molecular structure. Moreover, they can be easily functionalized and can be used as water-soluble carriers. This work provides an avenue to size- and surface-controllable and structurally defined NCNDs for applications in areas such as optoelectronics, biomedicine, and bioimaging.

Synthesis, separation, and characterization of small and highly fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon nanodots

ARCUDI, FRANCESCA;ĐORĐEVIĆ, LUKA;PRATO, MAURIZIO
2016

Abstract

A facile bottom-up approach to carbon nanodots (CNDs) is reported, using a microwave-assisted procedure under controlled conditions. The as-prepared nitrogen-doped CNDs (NCNDs) show narrow size-distribution, abundant surface traps and functional groups, resulting in tunable fluorescent emission and excellent solubility in water. Moreover, we present a general method for the separation of NCNDs by low-pressure size-exclusion chromatography, leading to an even narrower size distribution, different surface composition, and optical properties. They display among the smallest size and the highest FLQYs reported so far. 13C-enriched starting materials produced N13CNDs suitable for thorough NMR studies, which gave useful information on their molecular structure. Moreover, they can be easily functionalized and can be used as water-soluble carriers. This work provides an avenue to size- and surface-controllable and structurally defined NCNDs for applications in areas such as optoelectronics, biomedicine, and bioimaging.
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