Revealing carbon nanodots as coreactants of the anodic electrochemiluminescence of Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)

Long, Y, Bao, L, Zhao, J, Zhang, Z and Pang, D 2014, 'Revealing carbon nanodots as coreactants of the anodic electrochemiluminescence of Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 86, no. 15, pp. 7224-7228.

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Title Revealing carbon nanodots as coreactants of the anodic electrochemiluminescence of Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)
Author(s) Long, Y
Bao, L
Zhao, J
Zhang, Z
Pang, D
Year 2014
Journal name Analytical Chemistry
Volume number 86
Issue number 15
Start page 7224
End page 7228
Total pages 5
Publisher American Chemical Society
Abstract Recently, research on carbon nanodots (C-dots), a new type of luminescent nanoparticles with superior optical properties, biocompatibility, and low cost, has been focused on exploring novel properties and structure-related mechanisms to extend their scope. Herein, electrochemiluminescence, a surface-sensitive tool, is used to probe the unrevealed property of carbon nanodots which is characterized by surface oxygen-containing groups. Together with chemiluminescence, carbon nanodots as the coreactants for the anodic electrochemiluminescence of Ru(bpy) 3 2+ are demonstrated for the first time. During the anodic scan, the benzylic alcohol units on the C-dots surface are oxidized "homogeneously" by electrogenerated- Ru(bpy) 3 3+ to form reductive radical intermediate, which further reduce Ru(bpy) 3 3+ into Ru(bpy) 3 2+ * that produces a strong ECL emission. This work has provided an insight into the ECL mechanism of the C-dots-involved system, which will be beneficial for in-depth understanding of some peculiar phenomena of C-dots, such as photocatalytic activity and redox properties. Moreover, because of the features of C-dots, the ECL system of Ru(bpy) 3 2+ /C-dots is more promising in the bioanalysis.
Subject Electroanalytical Chemistry
Keyword(s) Transition-Metal-Complexes
Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence
Quantum Dots
DOI - identifier 10.1021/ac502405p
Copyright notice © 2014 American Chemical Society
ISSN 0003-2700
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