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Efficient Synthesis of Highly Fluorescence Nitrogen Doped Carbon Dots and Its Application for Sensor and Cell Imaging

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In this present paper, we effectively synthesize the high quantum yield along with the strong photoluminescent (PL) nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) through a simplistic as well as rapid microwave aided technique by use of citric acid as the carbon source as well as hexamethylenetetramine as the nitrogen doped reagent. The obtained N-CDs had a high quantum yield (QY) of 45.5%, which had been measured by UV, FTIR, TEM, XPS together with fluorescence (FL) spectroscope. Then, we also employed N-CDs applications as probe for detection of heavy metal ions. The N-CDs display fascinating sensitivity along with selectivity toward Fe3+ with a linear range between 0.05 and 35.0 μM as well as a detection limit of 20.0 nM. Additionally, the as-prepared N-CDs exhibit low cytotoxicity, hence they can be utilized as fluorescent examinations for cell imaging. It demonstrates that N-CDs have good biocompatibility and potential for bioimaging applications.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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