Chemistry Department Seminar: Carbon Dots for Environmental and Energy Applications: Challenges and Promises



Professor Zhenhui Kang

Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Collaborative Innovation Centre of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology (NANO-CIC), Soochow University

  • Professor, Soochow University, Suzhou (2008-present)
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Hongkong City University, Hongkong (2006-2009)
    • Ph.D, North East Normal University, Changchun (2005)
  • 2014 National Science Foundation for Excellent Young Scholars
  • 2012 National Top Young Talents Programme


Carbon dots (C-dots) are an emerging class of carbon nanomaterials with sizes below 10 nm. In recent years, they are the focus for a spectrum of environmental and energy applications, ranging from heterogeneous chemical catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis to energy storage such as batteries and/or capacitors. This talk will present an account of the recent progress on carbon dots from Kang group. It will cover the overview of the preparation methods and typical structures of C-dots, a discussion of their chemical and physical properties, the environmental and energy applications, the recent advances on the design of catalysts and functional materials based on C-dots, and the outlook of the future development of C-dots-based functional materials.