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A simple and green method for the production of nanostructured materials from poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene quantum dots

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Rodrigues, Bruno V. M. [1, 2, 3] ; Cabral, Tayna S. [1] ; Sgobbi, Livia F. [4] ; Delezuk, Jorge A. M. [2, 5] ; Pessoa, Rodrigo S. [2, 3] ; Triboni, Eduardo R. [6] ; de Moraes, Thaisa B. F. [6] ; Lobo, Anderson O. [1, 2, 7, 8]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Vale Paraiba UNIVAP, Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Brasil, BR-08230030 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] ITA, Ctr Ciencia & Tecnol Plasmas & Mat PlasMar, BR-12228900 Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Goias, Inst Quim, BR-74690900 Goiania, Go - Brazil
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos Inst Phys, CP 369, Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[6] Univ Sao Paulo, Engn Sch Lorena, BR-12602810 Lorena, SP - Brazil
[7] Univ Fed Piaui, Technol Ctr, PPGCM, Interdisciplinary Lab Adv Mat, BR-64049550 Teresina, PI - Brazil
[8] MIT, Dept Chem, 77 Massachusetts Ave, 18-393, Cambridge, MA 02139 - USA
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: Materials Chemistry and Physics; v. 219, p. 242-250, NOV 1 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Herein, a simple, low-cost and fast approach was proposed to produce fluorescent fibers from the electrospinning of poly (vinyl alcohol)/water-soluble graphene quantum dots (GQDs). Initially, the preparation of GQDs was explored via an easy bottom-up method based on the incomplete carbonization of citric acid under different times (30, 45 and 60 min). Next, fluorescent fibrous mats were prepared from the electrospinning of PVA solutions with different contents of GQDs. These materials were further characterized via several techniques, including High-Resolution Transmission Electronic Microscopy (HRTEM), UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). The GQDs presented a strong blue photoluminescence under UV light exposure. Among the investigated carbonization times, 45 min led to GQDs with the highest fluorescence intensity (regardless the pH) and fluorescence quantum yield (10.5%). HRTEM analysis showed that this carbonization time led to GQDs with uniform and homogeneous dimensions, with an average diameter of 2.5 +/- 0.2 nm. After electrospinning, HRTEM revealed a homogeneous distribution of GQDs into the polymeric ultrathin fibers, while increasing the GQDs content in the PVA matrix led to a clear increase in the fluorescence intensity. Interestingly, as the GQDs content increased, a slight red-shift was ob served for the maximum of emission, which may be related to light re-adsorption or even as result of Foster Resonance Energy Transfer. This set of results widens the perspectives of application of this low-cost substrate in many fields, via a simple approach using a water-soluble polymer and a naturally occurring component from citrus fruits. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/17877-7 - Development of new polymeric scaffolds by electrospinning technique with incorporation of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes and nanohidroxyapatite for bone tissue regeneration
Grantee:Anderson de Oliveira Lobo
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/13839-0 - Organic and inorganic systems for obtaining of meso and nanostructures
Grantee:Eduardo Rezende Triboni
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/08166-5 - Interfacial chemistry: drugs, peptides and ezymes interactions with membrane models
Grantee:Iolanda Midea Cuccovia
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/18826-3 - Sustainable nanostructured materials based on biodegradable polymers and luminescent carbon nanoparticles
Grantee:Bruno Vinícius Manzolli Rodrigues
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/08523-8 - Development of a fluorescent nanosensor from the electrospinning of PVA and graphene quantum dots: application in the detection of Alzheimer's biomarkers
Grantee:Bruno Vinícius Manzolli Rodrigues
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate