Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 2352–2357 | Cite as

One-step synthesis of yellow-emitting carbogenic dots toward white light-emitting diodes

  • Qiao-Ling Chen
  • Cai-Feng Wang
  • Su ChenEmail author


We report herein the synthesis of carbogenic dots (CDs) by a one-step pyrolysis from N-acetylcysteine. The as-prepared CDs show excellent dispersibility with particle sizes in the range of 3–5 nm. Under stimulation with blue light, the CDs emit broad yellow fluorescence, which is still rarely reported by now. The optical properties were throughly investigated, and we found the CDs exhibit stable fluorescence, high quantum yield, and pH dependence. Moreover, an economical approach for constructing white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) was developed by combining the yellow-emitting CDs with blue GaN-based LED chips. The white LEDs exhibit warm white light with the color coordinates of (0.34, 0.35), very close to the coordinates of balanced white-light emission (0.33, 0.33). These results suggest that the CDs can be a promising candidate as yellow-emitting phosphor for white LEDs.


White Lead Decay Lifetime Yellow Phosphor Candle Soot Warm White Light 
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This study was supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program) (2012AA030313), National Natural Science Foundation of China (21076103), Natural Science Foundations for Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions of China (11KJB530004), and Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringNanjing University of TechnologyNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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