Carbon Quantum Dots and Applications in Photocatalytic Energy Conversion
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Quantum dots (QDs) generally refer to nanoscale particles of conventional semiconductors that are subject to the quantum-confinement effect, though other nanomaterials of similar optical and redox properties are also named as QDs even in the absence of strictly defined quantum confinement. Among such nanomaterials that have attracted tremendous recent interest are carbon dots, which are small carbon nanoparticles with some form of surface passivation, and graphene quantum dots in various configurations. In this article, we highlight these carbon-based QDs by focusing on their syntheses, on their photoexcited state properties and redox processes, and on their applications as photocatalysts in visible-light carbon dioxide reduction and in water-splitting, as well as on their mechanistic similarities and differences.
Copyright © 2015, American Chemical Society
American Chemical Society
Fernando, K. A. Shiral; Sahu, Sushant; Liu, Yamin; Lewis, William K.; Guliants, Elena A.; Jafariyan, Amirhossein; Wang, Ping; Bunker, Christopher E.; and Sun, Ya-Ping, "Carbon Quantum Dots and Applications in Photocatalytic Energy Conversion" (2015). Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Publications. 101.