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Facile Phosphine-Free Synthesis of CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell Nanocrystals Without Precursor Injection

Chang-Qing Zhu*, Peng Wang, Xin Wang and Yan Li

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College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Anhui Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular Solid, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, 241000, Peoples Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2008, 3:213-220  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9139-z

Published: 24 June 2008


A new simple method for synthesis of core/shell CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals (NCs) is present. By adapting the use of cadmium stearate, oleylamine, and paraffin liquid to a non-injection synthesis and by applying a subsequent ZnS shelling procedure to CdSe NCs cores using Zinc acetate dihydrate and sulfur powder, luminescent CdSe/ZnS NCs with quantum yields of up to 36% (FWHM 42–43 nm) were obtained. A seeding-growth technique was first applied to the controlled synthesis of ZnS shell. This method has several attractive features, such as the usage of low-cost, green, and environmentally friendlier reagents and elimination of the need for air-sensitive, toxic, and expensive phosphines solvent. Furthermore, due to one-pot synthetic route for CdSe/ZnS NCs, the approach presented herein is accessible to a mass production of these NCs.

Phosphine-free; CdSe/ZnS; One-pot; Non-injection