Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 13, Issue 12, pp 7247–7252 | Cite as

Laser synthesis and size tailor of carbon quantum dots

  • Shengliang HuEmail author
  • Jun Liu
  • Jinlong Yang
  • Yanzhong Wang
  • Shirui Cao
Research Paper


Carbon quantum dots (C-dots) with average sizes of about 3, 8, and 13 nm were synthesized by laser irradiation of graphite flakes in polymer solution. The obtained C-dots display size and excitation wavelength dependent photoluminescence behavior. The size control of C-dots can be realized by tuning laser pulse width. The original reason could be the effects of laser pulse width on the conditions of nucleation and growth of C-dots. Compared with short-pulse-width laser, the long-pulse-width laser would be better fitted to the size and morphology control of nanostructures in the different material systems.


Carbon nanoparticle Laser ablation in liquid Size control Photoluminescence Thermodynamic theory 



This study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 50902126, 51172214), Shanxi Province Science Foundation for Youths (No. 2009021027), and Program for the Top Young Academic Leaders of Higher Learning Institutions of Shanxi.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shengliang Hu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jun Liu
    • 1
  • Jinlong Yang
    • 3
  • Yanzhong Wang
    • 2
  • Shirui Cao
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Instrumentation Science & Dynamic Measurement (North University of China)Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Electronic Test and Measurement LaboratoryTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringNorth University of ChinaTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine ProcessingTsinghua UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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