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Carbon dots: advances in nanocarbon applications

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Carbon dots (C-Dots), defined by characteristic sizes of <10 nm, have become a rising star in carbon nanomaterials. C-Dots possess many unique physiochemical and photochemical properties which make them a promising platform for imaging, environmental, catalytic, biological and energy-related applications. To date, C-Dots have been investigated extensively, and their related applications have developed rapidly. However, quantitative understanding of the physiochemical properties of C-Dots still remains a difficult challenge because of their complex structures. Here, we will highlight the recent progress in the practical applications of C-Dots, with particular attention to the research in light-emitting devices, bioimaging and biodetection, catalysis, functional materials, and agriculture.

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The article was received on 04 Jul 2019, accepted on 02 Aug 2019 and first published on 20 Aug 2019

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C9NR05647E
Nanoscale, 2019, Advance Article

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    Carbon dots: advances in nanocarbon applications

    Z. Kang and S. Lee, Nanoscale, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9NR05647E

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