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Temperature-Dependence of Solvent-Induced Stokes Shift and Fluorescence Tunability in Carbon Nanodots

Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica—Emilio Segrè, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Via Archirafi 36, 90123 Palermo, Italy
Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università degli Studi di Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Received: 29 March 2019 / Revised: 12 April 2019 / Accepted: 16 April 2019 / Published: 24 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Carbon Dots)
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We carried out a cryogenic investigation on the optical properties of carbon dots, aiming to better understand their emission mechanism and the role of the solvent. The solvatochromic Stokes shift is quantified by a low temperature approach which allows freezing of the photo-excited state of carbon dots, preventing any solvation relaxation. Moreover, the reduction in temperature helps to identify the dynamical inhomogeneous contribution to the broadening of the emission band; therefore, disentangling the role of solvent from other types of broadening, such as the homogeneous and the static inhomogeneous contributions. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon nanodots; fluorescence tunability; cryogenic optical study carbon nanodots; fluorescence tunability; cryogenic optical study

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Sciortino, A.; Cannas, M.; Messina, F. Temperature-Dependence of Solvent-Induced Stokes Shift and Fluorescence Tunability in Carbon Nanodots. C 2019, 5, 20.

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