Deep ultraviolet photoluminescence of water-soluble self-passivated graphene quantum dots

Libin Tang, Rongbin Ji, Xiangke Cao, Jingyu Lin, Hongxing Jiang, Xueming Li, Kar Seng Teng, Chi Man Luk, Songjun Zeng, Jianhua Hao, Shu Ping Lau

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Figure Persented: Glucose-derived water-soluble crystalline graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with an average diameter as small as 1.65 nm (∼5 layers) were prepared by a facile microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The GQDs exhibits deep ultraviolet (DUV) emission of 4.1 eV, which is the shortest emission wavelength among all the solution-based QDs. The GQDs exhibit typical excitation wavelength-dependent properties as expected in carbon-based quantum dots. However, the emission wavelength is independent of the size of the GQDs. The unique optical properties of the GQDs are attributed to the self-passivated layer on the surface of the GQDs as revealed by electron energy loss spectroscopy. The photoluminescence quantum yields of the GQDs were determined to be 7-11%. The GQDs are capable of converting blue light into white light when the GQDs are coated onto a blue light emitting diode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5102-5110
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 26 2012


  • deep ultraviolet
  • fluorescence
  • grapheme
  • graphene quantum dots
  • quantum dots
  • self-passivated


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