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Liangxu Lin, Yaoxian Xu, Shaowei Zhang, Ian M. Ross, Albert C. M. Ong and Dan A. Allwood Fabrication and Luminescence of Monolayered Boron Nitride Quantum Dots Small 10

Version of Record online: 10 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201301001

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Monolayered boron nitride (BN) quantum dots (QDs; lateral size ≈10 nm) are fabricated using a novel method. Unlike monolayered BN sheets, these BN QDs exhibit blue-green luminescence due to defects formed during preparation. This optical behavior adds significant functionality to a material that is already receiving much attention. It is further shown that the QDs are nontoxic to biological cells and well suited to bio-imaging.

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