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Blue Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dots by Photochemical Stitching of Small Aromatic Molecules: Fluorescent Nanoprobes in Cellular Imaging

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Blue fluorescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are synthesized from small haloaromatic molecules by laser photochemistry. The process involves a bottom-up photochemical stitching mechanism of the free radicals generated by irradiation of ultraviolet photons (λ = 248 nm) on o-dichlorobenzene. The GQDs are further demonstrated to be of importance as fluorescent nanoprobes in bioimaging of cells.

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