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Oza G.,CINVESTAV | Oza G.,Andhra University | Oza G.,National Sun Yat - sen University | Oza G.,Nagoya Institute of Technology | And 31 more authors.
Journal of Fluorescence | Year: 2015

An efficient, fast and green method for synthesis of Carbon dots (C-dots) using natural precursor Citrus limone under ultrasonic condition is demonstrated. Such as-synthesized C-dots were further purified using Sucrose density gradient centrifugation method (SDGC) which resulted in the separation of water-soluble, photo luminescent, monodispersed, highly photostable and chemically stable C-dot fractions (F1 and F2). They possess very small size (5-20 nm) as evidenced by High angle annular dark field-Scanning Transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) and very strong luminescence as shown by fluorescence spectroscopic studies. Cytocompatibility and bio imaging properties of both the fractions (F1 and F2) were then studied on Hep-2 cells. Quantum yield of F1 and F2 fraction was found to be 12.1 and 15 %, respectively. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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