Hydrothermal synthesis of blue-fluorescent monolayer BN and BCNO quantum dots for bio-imaging probes

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  • Huijie Zhang
  • Yang Huang
  • Xiufeng Song
  • Haibo Zeng

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79090-79094
Journal / PublicationRSC Advances
Issue number82
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2016


Fluorescent monolayer boron nitride based quantum dots, including boron nitride quantum dots and boron carbon oxynitride quantum dots, were successfully fabricated via a hydrothermal method by cutting the bulk material assisted by a basic solution. The boron nitride/boron carbon oxynitride quantum dots are water-soluble with uniform lateral sizes around 3.3 and 4.0 nm respectively. The application of the as-prepared quantum dots as promising bio-imaging probes was demonstrated through labeling HeLa cells with boron nitride/boron carbon oxynitride quantum dots, indicating single layered boron nitride/boron carbon oxynitride quantum dots could be further used in biological applications.

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