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Issue 43, 2018
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Dispersibility of carbon dots in aqueous and/or organic solvents

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Abstract

Carbon dots have a wide range of applications in biological and medical fields as an alternative to quantum dots because of their low toxicity and excellent luminescence properties. To date, a large number of carbon dots have been prepared and they were consequently reviewed according to their synthetic method, luminescence properties and related applications. The dispersibility of carbon dots in aqueous and/or organic solvents could actually play a significant role in the properties and various application fields, however, such a perspective is ignored by most of the reviewed literature studies. Thus in this minireview, we focus on the surfactant groups of carbon dots which could be classified as hydrophilic, hydrophobic and amphiphilic types. They have accordingly a marked impact on the dispersibility of carbon dots in different solvents as well as the further advantage in those imaging studies in vitro and in vivo.

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The article was received on 22 Mar 2018, accepted on 27 Apr 2018 and first published on 28 Apr 2018


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02279H
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 5401-5406

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    Dispersibility of carbon dots in aqueous and/or organic solvents

    P. Zhao and L. Zhu, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 5401
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02279H

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