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Solid-State Fluorescence of Fluorine-Modified Carbon Nanodots Aggregates Triggered by Poly(ethylene glycol)

Solid-State Fluorescence of Fluorine-Modified Carbon Nanodots Aggregates Triggered by Poly(ethylene glycol)
Junkai Han, Chengqun Qin, Peng Long, Chen Cao, Haoran An, Shuangwen Li, Yiyu Feng, Wei Feng, Yu Li
Solid-state fluorescent carbon quantum dots (QDs) can be used for the encryption of security information. Controlling the dispersion and aggregation of the QDs is crucial for switching their solid-state fluorescence “on” and “off.” The use of polymers has been proposed to slightly separate the QDs inside aggregates to trigger their fluorescence. However, the complex interactions between the QDs and flexible polymer chains make this process challenging. Here, fluorine-modified carbon nanodots (FCDs) were used in a solution as the printing ink. After printing, the FCDs were aggregated on paper via hydrogen bonds, thereby quenching the fluorescence. After a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) treatment, the FCDs exhibited yellow solid-state fluorescence due to an increased interdot spacing. The fluorescence intensity and emission wavelength could be tuned by varying the molecular weight and quantity of PEG used. Finally, we demonstrated a high-resolution encryption and decryption system based on the PEG-triggered fluorescence of FCDs.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b13138

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b13138

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