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Abstract's title: Spectroscopic Insights into Carbon Dots Systems
Submitting author: Marcello Righetto
Affiliation: University of Padova
Affiliation Address: Via Marzolo 1, Padova (PD) I-35131 Italia
Country: Italy
Oral presentation/Poster (Author's request): Oral presentation
Other authors and affiliations: Alberto Privitera (University of Padova, Dept. Chemical Science), Ilaria Fortunati (University of Padova, Dept. Chemical Science), Lorenzo Franco (University of Padova, Dept. Chemical Science), Camilla Ferrante (University of Padova, Dept. Chemical Science),

The controversial nature of the fluorescent properties of carbon dots (CDs), ascribed either to surface states or to small molecules adsorbed onto the carbon nanostructures, is an unresolved issue. To date, an accurate picture of CDs and an exhaustive structure–property correlation are still lacking. We contributed in filling this gap, using two unconventional spectroscopic techniques: fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR). Indeed, For these systems, structure-property correlation is usually obtained as inference: structural information comes from Electron Microscopy, whereas properties are measured through conventional optical spectroscopy techniques (Absorption and Fluorescence Spectroscopy). Although electron micrographs indicate the presence of carbon cores, FCS reveals that the emission properties of CDs are based neither on those cores nor on molecular species linked to them, but rather on free molecules. TREPR provides deeper insights into the structure of carbon cores, where C sp2 domains are embedded within C sp3 scaffolds. FCS and TREPR prove to be powerful techniques, characterizing CDs as inherently heterogeneous systems, providing insights into the nature of such systems and paving the way to standardization of these nanomaterials. [1]


[1] Righetto, M. ; Fortunati, I. ; Ferrante C. et al. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (10), pp 2236–2242