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All-inorganic CsPbBr3 perovskite quantum dots as a photoluminescent probe for ultrasensitive Cu2+ detection

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Abstract

Pollution triggered by highly toxic heavy metal ions has become a worldwide issue of concern, and has aroused increasing research interest, but it is still a challenge to carry out its trace detection in the organic phase using inorganic fluorescent colloidal nanocrystals (NCs). Herein, we report fully inorganic CsPbBr3 perovskite quantum dots (PQDs), which were synthesized via a hot-injection method, as a fluorescent probe for the selective detection of copper ions in hexane. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of CsPbBr3 PQDs is significantly quenched within several seconds after the addition of Cu2+ due to effective electron transfer from the PQDs to the added Cu2+, which is experimentally verified via analyzing absorption spectra and PL decay lifetime. The sensor, in turn-off mode, has a detection range from 0 to 100 nM with a limit of detection (LOD) as low as 0.1 nM, indicating great potential for practical applications. This study paves the way for PQD-based fluorescent probes for heavy metal detection in the organic phase.

Graphical abstract: All-inorganic CsPbBr3 perovskite quantum dots as a photoluminescent probe for ultrasensitive Cu2+ detection

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The article was received on 16 Jan 2018, accepted on 09 Apr 2018 and first published on 11 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00249E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Advance Article
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    All-inorganic CsPbBr3 perovskite quantum dots as a photoluminescent probe for ultrasensitive Cu2+ detection

    Y. Liu, X. Tang, T. Zhu, M. Deng, I. P. Ikechukwu, W. Huang, G. Yin, Y. Bai, D. Qu, X. Huang and F. Qiu, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00249E

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