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C, Volume 4, Issue 4 (December 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Carbon dots (C-dots) are a family of small carbonaceous nanoparticles endowed with fascinating [...] Read more. Carbon dots (C-dots) are a family of small carbonaceous nanoparticles endowed with fascinating photo-activated properties, notably a strong, tunable fluorescence and charge donating capabilities. Despite intense research, many questions remain highly debated about C-dots. One is the interplay between the core crystalline structure and surface functional groups in determining the nature of the emissive states. Another issue concerns the role of dot-to-dot disorder in the optical properties of C-dots, which is still poorly understood. Here we give a review of a series of important achievements in the understanding of C-dots that have being recently attained through a variety of advanced investigation methods. View this paper.