Microwave-assisted synthesis of graphene quantum dots and nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots: Raman characterization and their optical properties*

Hai Yen Nguyen, Xuan Hung Le, Nguyen Thuan Dao, Nam Thang Pham, Thi Hong Hanh Vu, Ngoc Hai Nguyen and Thu Nga Pham

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Keywords: nano


In this report we will present completely new results on the improvement of the graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQD) production method, using the microwave with different power levels and durations, from citric acid and urea. This is a new and unprecedented method of fabrication. The use of microwave has allowed ultra-fast fabrication of GQDs and nitrogen doped GQDs. These GQDs had their characteristics identified by Raman scattering spectra for the characteristic C–C graphene vibration mode (G-peak) and defects of GQDs (D-peak). The absorption spectra of GQDs samples were fabricated under different conditions, with the expectation of different sizes, to be compared and analyzed. These absorption spectra were also compared with those of the N-GQD produced under the same conditions. The absorption mechanism of GQDs and N-GQD will be presented in detail. Measurements of the photoluminescence (PL) spectra in GQDs and N-GQD have also been recorded and analyzed. The fluorescence mechanism will be presented, explained, and compared with other international publications of other authors. Some of the TEM and HR-TEM images of these two samples were also presented to confirm the shape, size and in-plane spacing lattice of the GQD structure

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