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CARBHOM Homogeneous Linewidth Spectroscopy of Carbon Quantum Dots

Prof. Reinhold Wannemacher

CARBHOM Homogeneous Linewidth Spectroscopy of Carbon Quantum Dots
    Funding : MINECO MAT2015-71879-P
    Duration: 2016 - 2018
    36 months

Carbon Dots (CD) are an emerging class of carbon materials with unique properties, such as high fluorescence quantum yield, high photo-stability, wavelength tunability, stability in aqueous suspensions, non-toxicity, and bio-compatibility. They have promis ing applications in the fields of bio-imaging and bio-sensing, potentially replacing toxic semiconductor nanoparticles or dyes. In addition, they can be mass-produced, at low cost, from readily available and cheap biomaterials, including bio-waste. As CD are excellent donors, as well as acceptors, they are currently intensely investigated also for applications in solar energy conversion, and photo-catalysis. Moreover, CD have very recently been incorporated into processable polymers, including polymer sheets and electro-spun fibers, which further increases the palette of possible applications.

However, to fully utilize the potential of CD, it is necessary to have an in-depth understanding of their optical properties and optical interactions within the QD and with the environment, including photo-induced charge transfer. The present proposal aims at a detailed investigation of these properties using advanced homogeneous line width spectroscopic techniques, such as Fluorescence Line Narrowing (FLN), Spectral Hole-Burning (SHB), Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) using SHB, and Single Molecule Spectroscopy (SMS), as well as Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The proposed experiments are expected to yield detailed information on the photophysics of CD.