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Single Crystal, Luminescent Carbon Nitride Nanosheets Formed by Spontaneous Dissolution

Miller, TS; Suter, TM; Telford, AM; Picco, L; Payton, OD; Russell-Pavier, F; Cullen, PL; ... Howard, CA; + view all (2017) Single Crystal, Luminescent Carbon Nitride Nanosheets Formed by Spontaneous Dissolution. Nano Letters , 17 (10) pp. 5891-5896. 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b01353. Green open access

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Abstract

A primary method for the production of 2D nanosheets is liquid-phase delamination from their 3D layered bulk analogues. Most strategies currently achieve this objective by significant mechanical energy input or chemical modification but these processes are detrimental to the structure and properties of the resulting 2D nanomaterials. Bulk poly(triazine imide) (PTI)-based carbon nitrides are layered materials with a high degree of crystalline order. Here, we demonstrate that these semiconductors are spontaneously soluble in select polar aprotic solvents, that is, without any chemical or physical intervention. In contrast to more aggressive exfoliation strategies, this thermodynamically driven dissolution process perfectly maintains the crystallographic form of the starting material, yielding solutions of defect-free, hexagonal 2D nanosheets with a well-defined size distribution. This pristine nanosheet structure results in narrow, excitation-wavelength-independent photoluminescence emission spectra. Furthermore, by controlling the aggregation state of the nanosheets, we demonstrate that the emission wavelengths can be tuned from narrow UV to broad-band white. This has potential applicability to a range of optoelectronic devices.

Type: Article
Title: Single Crystal, Luminescent Carbon Nitride Nanosheets Formed by Spontaneous Dissolution
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b01353
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b01353
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society. This is an open access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the author and source are cited.
Keywords: Nanomaterial, exfoliation, photoactive, poly(triazine imide), solution, two-dimensional material
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Chemical Engineering
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Chemistry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Physics and Astronomy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566374
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