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Facile synthesis of monodisperse ZnS capped CdS nanocrystals exhibiting efficient blue emission

Myriam Protière1 and Peter Reiss2*

Author Affiliations

1 CEA Grenoble, DRT/LITEN/DTNM/L2T, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054, Grenoble cedex 9, France

2 CEA Grenoble, DSM/DRFMC/SPrAM (UMR 5819 CEA-CNRS-Université Joseph Fourier 1)/LEMOH, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054, Grenoble cedex 9, France

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2006, 1:62-67  doi:10.1007/s11671-006-9001-0

Published: 25 July 2006

Abstract

A new method for the capping of colloidal CdS nanocrystals with ZnS shells is presented. A combination of the monomolecular precursor zinc ethylxanthate (Zn(ex)2) and zinc stearate was used to replace hazardous organometallic reagents usually applied in this procedure, i.e. bis(trimethylsilyl) sulfide and diethylzinc. Its simple preparation, air-stability and low decomposition temperature of 150 °C make Zn(ex)2a very suitable source for the ZnS shell growth. With this precursor, highly luminescent CdS/ZnS core/shell nanocrystals (Q.Y. 35–45%), exhibiting narrow emission linewidths of 15–18 nm (FWHM) in the blue spectral region, can reproducibly be obtained.

Keywords:
Semiconductor nanocrystals; CdS; ZnS; Fluorescence; Blue emission