In less than a decade, carbon quantum dots (first identified as “carbon nanoparticles”, but later adopted the term “C-dots”) have become a considerably active research field at the expanding frontier of carbon nanotechnology. Interest in C-dots, and their structurally-related graphene quantum dots (abbreviated “GQDs”) stems from their unique physical properties, particularly their electronic and luminescent properties. C-dots, similar to inorganic fluorescent semiconductor nanoparticles (e.g. Q-dots) exhibit tunable fluorescence emissions and distinct electronic properties. These useful properties have been a major driving force in the significant expansion of C-dot research, generating new applications and products in bioimaging, electro-optical and photonic materials, energy harvesting, and others. Particularly important from a practical point-of-view, C-dots can be produced from diverse natural carbon sources, making them inexpensive, easy to synthesize, and endowing them with biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity.
This symposium will be thematically focused upon three main themes: synthetic routes for production of C-dots, studies aimed at elucidating their structural and physical properties, and providing an overview of their diverse applications. Moreover, the hope is to provide a forum for discussion of the exact mechanisms responsible for the unique electronic and photo-physical properties of different classes of carbon nanoparticles, which are still not fully resolved. This symposium is designed to provide a broad-base forum for presentations and discussion of topics at the forefront of this emerging and exciting interdisciplinary field. The aim is to bring together scientists and technologists working on synthesis, characterization, and applications of carbon nanoparticles with the goal of both discussing the state-of-the-art in the field as well as future directions and developments.