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Engineering Carbon Nanodots for (Nano)Technological and Biomedical Applications

Project description

Small molecule-derived carbon nanodots for challenging applications

Carbon nanodots are spherical nanoparticles that consist of a defined core and an outer functional shell that can be rationally designed by specific chemical approaches. Scientists of the EU-funded e-DOTS project wish to further advance the design and production process of carbon nanodots in order to expand their applications. For this purpose, they will elucidate the mechanism underlying the conversion of small molecules to nanoparticles and design carbon nanodots with unique properties. These engineered nanoparticles will find application in technological and biological challenges such as high-quality bioimaging and water catalysis.

Objective

e-DOTS takes advantage of nanoscale and process-intensification principles, information technology and automation/robotics to translate molecular properties to nanoparticles for use in technologically advanced challenges, ranging from high-quality bioimaging to green catalysis in water.
A stringent molecular control over the synthesis and multivalent properties of “carbon nanodots”, 2-5 nm spherical nanoparticles, will allow us to shape a nanofabrication space with engineered functions. The core-shell structure of carbon nanodots, consisting of a confined core and an outer functional shell can be rationally designed by controlled chemical approaches and by a tailored choice of the proper starting materials.
e-DOTS scientific objectives are planned to go beyond the state of the art, with the aim to:
(i) elucidate the mechanism and the structural details in the conversion of small molecules to nanoparticles;
(ii) expand the carbon nanodots preparation process window and allow its automated exploration, directed at ambitious targets;
(iii) design and prepare carbon nanodots with tailored properties – in terms of size, charge, luminescence, chirality, and outer-shell functions – outperforming current technologies in green catalysis and biomedical imaging.
(iv) investigate and ensure the safety profile of carbon nanodots in a safe-by-design approach.
e-DOTS is a highly interdisciplinary project, based on frontier methods that the Prato group has successfully designed for the molecular modification of very diverse carbon nanostructures. Delving into fundamental aspects of carbon nanodots will allow to unfold their full potential in technological and biological applications.
e-DOTS will thus offer unprecedented opportunities to the scientific community, since the specific molecular properties of the reactants can be transferred, combined and enhanced up to the nanoscale, yielding carbon nanodots tailored to function.

Host institution

ASOCIACION CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION COOPERATIVA EN BIOMATERIALES- CIC biomaGUNE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 820 231,25
Address
PASEO MIRAMON 182, PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE SAN SEBASTIAN EDIFICIO EMPRESARIAL C
20009 San Sebastian
Spain

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 1 820 231,25

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