Electroluminescence and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution of S,N co-doped graphene oxide quantum dots

Tzu Yang Cheng, Feng Pai Chou, Sheng Cih Huang, Chin Yuan Chang, Tung Kung Wu*

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Heteroatom-doped graphene quantum dots (GQDs) can change the optical, chemical, electrical, and optoelectrical properties of materials and diversify their functions. GQDs can be used in a wide range of applications, including in fluorescent agents, light-emitting diodes, bioimaging, solar cells, optoelectronic detectors, photocatalysts, etc. In this article, we describe the synthesis of S and N co-doped graphene oxide quantum dots (S,N-GOQDs) with stable electroluminescence, photoluminescence, and photocatalytic properties and their optoelectrical applications as an emitter of a light-emitting diode device in electro-optical energy conversion and as a photocatalyst for hydrogen evolution in photo-chemical energy conversion. The synthesized S,N-GOQDs show a high yield and excitation-independent emission. The maximum excitation wavelength and emission wavelength are 371 and 447 nm, respectively; the quantum yield is 61% when excited at 371 nm; and the emission half-width is 40 nm. A bright blue emission with a luminance exceeding 1341 cd m-2 was achieved at 6 V, thus proving the potential of S,N-GOQDs as an emitter in electroluminescence applications. For photocatalytic hydrogen evolution, the system consists of a 0.1 mg mL-1 catalyst in pure water or TEA (1.43 M) + 80% EtOH aqueous solution. In pure water, high reaction rates of 3.001 mol h-1 g-1 were obtained under direct sunlight. In the TEA (1.43 M) + 80% EtOH aqueous solution, an unprecedented efficiency of 71 mmol h-1 g-1 and 6.138 mol h-1 g-1 was obtained under a 500 W Xe lamp and direct sunlight, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3650-3658
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number7
StatePublished - 21 Feb 2022


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