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Surface functionalisation significantly changes the physical and electronic properties of carbon nano-dots

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13908-13912
Number of pages5
JournalNanoscale
Volume10
Issue number29
Early online date10 Jul 2018
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DateAccepted/In press - 6 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jul 2018
DatePublished (current) - 7 Aug 2018

Abstract

Biomolecule functionalisation of carbon nano-dots (CDs) greatly enhances their biocompatibility and applicability, however, little is known about their molecular structure. Using an arsenal of spectroscopic and analytical techniques, we provide new insights into the physical and electronic structure of uncoated and glycan-functionalised CDs. Our studies reveal that surface functionalisation does not always result in a homogenous corona surrounding the core, and the choice of carbohydrate significantly affects the electronic structure of the surface CD states. Further, the average surface coverage of an ensemble of CDs can be probed via transient absorption spectroscopy. These findings have implications for CDs targeted at interactions with biological systems or local sensors.

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  • Carbon dots, Nanomaterials, Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy

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