Near-Infrared-Excited Multicolor Afterglow in Carbon Dots-Based Room-Temperature Afterglow Materials

Yihao Zheng, Haopeng Wei, Ping Liang, Xiaokai Xu, Xingcai Zhang, Huihong Li, Chenlu Zhang, Chaofan Hu, Xuejie Zhang, Bingfu Lei, Yingliang Liu, Wai Yeung Wong (Corresponding Author), Jianle Zhuang (Corresponding Author)

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Room-temperature afterglow (RTA) materials with long lifetime have shown tremendous application prospects in many fields. However, there is no general design strategy to construct near-infrared (NIR)-excited multicolor RTA materials. Herein, we report a universal approach based on the efficient radiative energy transfer that supports the reabsorption from upconversion materials (UMs) to carbon dots-based RTA materials (CDAMs). Thus, the afterglow emission (blue, cyan, green, and orange) of various CDAMs can be activated by UMs under the NIR continuous-wave laser excitation. The efficient radiative energy transfer ensured the persistent multicolor afterglow up to 7 s, 6 s, 5 s, and 0.5 s by naked eyes, respectively. Given the unusual afterglow properties, we demonstrated preliminary applications in fingerprint recognition and information security. This work provides a new avenue for the activation of NIR-excited afterglow in CDAMs and will greatly expand the applications of RTA materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22253-22259
Number of pages7
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2021


  • carbon dots
  • energy transfer
  • near-infrared-excited material
  • room-temperature afterglow
  • upconversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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