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Advances on Carbon Quantum Dots for Chemo- and Bio-Sensor Development

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2024 | Viewed by 405

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Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Interests: biosensors; electrochemical sensors; gas sensors; nanomaterials; fluorescence sensors; organic chemistry

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Department of Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Messina, I-98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: synthesis of novel sensing materials; nanostructured materials for chemical and electrochemical sensing; metal oxide semiconductor-based gas sensors; biosensors; fabrication of chemical sensors; environmental sensors; automotive gas sensors; biomedical sensors
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Dear Colleagues,

Carbon quantum dots (C-QDs) are new 0-D carbon materials with sizes in the nanometer range. Recently, they have gained great importance because of their unique fluorescent, optical, electrochemical, and structural properties. These properties have been exploited in many applicative fields such as in chemo- and bio-sensors development, biomedicine, catalysis, and solar cells.

One valuable advantage of these extraordinary nanomaterials is their easy production from many natural and non-natural sources by various methods. This leads to the production of  C-QDs with different properties, depending on the raw materials, preparation/synthesis method and experimental conditions, allowing the tune of the specific properties required for the development of advanced chemo- and bio-sensors.

In this Special Issue, we would like to encourage the submission of original articles and review concerning all the aspects of the development of chemo- and bio-sensors based on C-QDs, and which enable readers to learn more about this research field. Therefore, high-quality articles reporting recent advances in C-QDs synthesis and characterization, properties, sensor development, testing, validation and applications as well as closely related topics are welcome.

Dr. Angelo Ferlazzo
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Neri
Guest Editors

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  • preparation and characterization of C-QDs
  • C-QDs preparation from waste materials
  • C-QDs from chemical synthesis
  • gas sensors
  • electrochemical sensors
  • colorimetric sensors
  • fluorescent sensors
  • applications of C-QDs based sensors

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