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Fluorescent carbon dot–molecular salt hydrogels

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The incorporation of functionalised carbon nanodots within a novel low molecular weight salt hydrogel derived from 5-aminosalicylic acid is reported. The carbon dots result in markedly enhanced gelation properties, while inclusion within the hydrophobic gel results in a dramatic fluorescence enhancement for the carbon nanomaterials. The resulting hybrid CD gels exhibit a useful sensor response for heavy metal ions, particularly Pb2+.

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22 May 2015
29 Jul 2015
First published
29 Jul 2015

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Chem. Sci., 2015,6, 6139-6146
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Fluorescent carbon dot–molecular salt hydrogels

A. Cayuela, S. R. Kennedy, M. L. Soriano, C. D. Jones, M. Valcárcel and J. W. Steed, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 6139 DOI: 10.1039/C5SC01859E

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