Large-scale synthesis of carbon dots/TiO2 nanocomposites for the photocatalytic color switching system

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  • Cangtao Zhou
  • Li Fu
  • Chundong Wang
  • Shuangchen Ruan


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1819-1825
Journal / PublicationNanoscale Advances
Issue number5
Online published28 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019



In view of the easy control and contactless spatial nature of light, the photoreversible color switching system has attracted tremendous attention. Although some progress has been achieved in the past few years, the practical applications have been limited by the complicated preparation process, material toxicity and low reaction yield. Herein, we report a rapid, a one-pot large-scale synthesis approach for the preparation of carbon dots (CDs)/TiO2 nanocomposites via the thermal condensation at 160 °C, affording high photocatalytic color switching on/ off performance. Under ambient conditions and with the introduction of some oxygen gas, MB rapidly changed from blue to colorless in one minute under UV-vis irradiation and recovered ( again showed its original blue color) in twenty minutes. We anticipate that the designed low-cost and green carbon dots (CDs)/TiO2 nanocomposites have much potential in practical applications and represent a solid step toward color switching applications.

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