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Nanotechnology. 2017 Apr 21;28(16):165502. doi: 10.1088/1361-6528/aa6320. Epub 2017 Mar 22.

Synthesis of novel nitrogen-doped carbon dots for highly selective detection of iron ion.

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Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, People's Republic of China.

Abstract

Herein, we report an eco-friendly and simple fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dot (N-CQD) biosensor which was synthesized via a hydrothermal method using erhanediamine (EDA) and citric acid (CA) as precursors. The surface functionalization of N-CQDs exhibited a bright blue emission under the excitation wavelength of 350 nm. The obtained N-CQDs were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the surface of the CQDs was successfully functionalized. After that, as-prepared N-CQDs were further applied in Fe(III) detection. Spectroscopic data indicated that fluorescent carbon-based nanomaterials displayed a sensitive response to Fe3+ in the range of 0.5-1000 μM as a fluorescence sensor in real environmental samples. Furthermore, the results also showed that a novel N-CQD nanomaterial could be employed as an ideal fluorescent Fe(III) probe.

PMID:
28327470
DOI:
10.1088/1361-6528/aa6320

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