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Issue 6, 2018
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Continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis of graphene quantum dots

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Green fluorescent graphene quantum dots (GQD) have been synthesized via hydrothermal fragmentation using a continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis (CHFS) process as a single, rapid and environmentally benign method. This is in the presence of p-phosphonic acid calix[4]arene which enhances the optical properties of the graphene quantum dots through surface functionalization, with photoluminescence quantum yields of up to 4.5%. Potential environmental impact of a lab-scale supercritical CHFS process compared with that of conventional batch processing of GQDs has been assessed using the method of the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD).

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The article was received on 28 Aug 2018, accepted on 10 Oct 2018 and first published on 10 Oct 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8RE00158H
Citation: React. Chem. Eng., 2018,3, 949-958

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    Continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis of graphene quantum dots

    S. Kellici, J. Acord, K. E. Moore, N. P. Power, V. Middelkoop, D. J. Morgan, T. Heil, P. Coppo, I. Baragau and C. L. Raston, React. Chem. Eng., 2018, 3, 949
    DOI: 10.1039/C8RE00158H

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