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One-Step Synthesis of Diamine-Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots from Graphene Oxide and Their Chelating and Antioxidant Activities

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Laboratoire des Interfaces et des Matériaux Avancés, Faculté des Sciences de Monastir, Avenue de l’Environnement, 5019 Monastir, Tunisia
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Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés, LRGP, Université de Lorraine, CNRS, F-54000 Nancy, France
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Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire UMR-CNRS 8232, Sorbonne Université, 4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris CEDEX 5, France
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Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse (IS2M), CNRS, UMR 7361, 15 rue Jean Starcky, 68093 Mulhouse, France
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CEMHTI-UPR3079 CNRS, Site Haute Température, 1D avenue de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orléans, France
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Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, CNRS, IJL, 54506 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy CEDEX, France
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Nanomaterials 2020, 10(1), 104; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10010104
Received: 2 December 2019 / Revised: 24 December 2019 / Accepted: 27 December 2019 / Published: 4 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Non-Cytotoxic Nanoparticles)
2,2’-(Ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine)-functionalized graphene quantum dots (GQDs) were prepared under mild conditions from graphene oxide (GO) via oxidative fragmentation. The as-prepared GQDs have an average diameter of ca. 4 nm, possess good colloidal stability, and emit strong green-yellow light with a photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield of 22% upon excitation at 375 nm. We also demonstrated that the GQDs exhibit high photostability and the PL intensity is poorly affected while tuning the pH from 1 to 8. Finally, GQDs can be used to chelate Fe(II) and Cu(II) cations, scavenge radicals, and reduce Fe(III) into Fe(II). These chelating and reducing properties that associate to the low cytotoxicity of GQDs show that these nanoparticles are of high interest as antioxidants for health applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: graphene quantum dots; 2,2’-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine); optical properties; redox-active nanoparticles graphene quantum dots; 2,2’-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine); optical properties; redox-active nanoparticles
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El-Hnayn, R.; Canabady-Rochelle, L.; Desmarets, C.; Balan, L.; Rinnert, H.; Joubert, O.; Medjahdi, G.; Ben Ouada, H.; Schneider, R. One-Step Synthesis of Diamine-Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots from Graphene Oxide and Their Chelating and Antioxidant Activities. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 104.

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