Honors Program

Honors in Chemistry

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Hua Mei

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Robert Standaert


This study aimed to improve the known microwave method to produce carbon dot nanoparticles from ethylenediamine and citric acid. Carbon dots have recently gained much attention as they have diverse applications, such as bioimaging and drug delivery reagents as cancer theranostics. Research was focused on establishing the ideal time for the synthetic reaction to produce carbon dot nanoparticles with the microwave method. After several trials, the 16-minute trial provided the best results based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and ultraviolet exposure.


East Tennessee State University

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Honors Thesis - Open Access

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