Stabilization of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) by encapsulation inside zeolitic imidazolate framework nanocrystals for photoluminescence tuning†
Luminescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are encapsulated and stabilized in Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework (ZIF-8) nanocrystals. The GQDs are well confined due to the adsorption on the growing face of the ZIF-8 nanocrystals and have a profound effect on the shape of the nanocrystals from rhombic dodecahedron to spherical. Stabilizing GQDs inside the ZIF-8 nanocrystals results in tailoring of the photoluminescence emission (ca. 32 nm, bathochromic shift) of the GQD@ZIF-8 nanocrystal composite even after 3 months of aging under normal laboratory conditions. Also the water adsorption (at STP) capacity increased for the GQD@ZIF-8 composite as compared to the pristine ZIF-8.