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ZhETF, Vol. 145, No. 5, p. 838 (May 2014)
(English translation - JETP, Vol. 118, No. 5, p. 735, May 2014 available online at )

Razbirin B.S., Rozhkova N.N., Sheka E.F., Nelson D.K., Starukhin A.N.

Received: August 12, 2013

DOI: 10.7868/S0044451014050073

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Viewing shungite as loosely packed fractal nets of graphene-based (reduced graphene oxide, rGO) quantum dots ( GQDs), we consider photoluminescence of the latter as a convincing proof of the structural concept as well as of the GQD attribution to individual rGO fragments. We study emission from shungite GQDs for colloidal dispersions in water, carbon tetrachloride, and toluene at both room and low temperatures. As expected, the photoluminescence of the GQD aqueous dispersions is quite similar to that of synthetic GQDs of the rGO origin. The morphological study of shungite dispersions shows a steady trend of GQDs to form fractals and to drastically change the colloid fractal structure caused by the solvent exchange. Spectral study reveals a dual character of the emitting centers: individual GQDs are responsible for the spectra position while the fractal structure of GQD colloids provides high broadening of the spectra due to structural inhomogeneity, thus causing a peculiar dependence of the photoluminescence spectra on the excitation wavelength. For the first time, photoluminescence spectra of individual GQDs were observed in frozen toluene dispersions, which paves the way for a theoretical treatment of the GQD photonics.

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