Photoluminescent Carbon Dots from 1,4-Addition Polymers

Zhiqiang Jiang*, Andrew Nolan, Jeffrey G. A. Walton, Annamaria Lilienkampf, Rong Zhang, Mark Bradley

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Abstract / Description of output

Photoluminescent carbon dots were synthesised directly by thermopyrolysis of 1,4-addition polymers, allowing precise control of their properties. The effect of polymer composition on the properties of the carbon dots was investigated by TEM, IR, XPS, elemental analysis and fluorescence analysis, with carbon dots synthesised from nitrogen-containing polymers showing the highest fluorescence. The carbon dots with high nitrogen content were observed to have strong fluorescence in the visible region, and culture with cells showed that the carbon dots were non-cytotoxic and readily taken up by three different cell lines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10926-10931
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number35
Early online date5 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • carbon
  • imaging
  • luminescence
  • nanoparticles
  • polymers


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