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CdSe Ring- and Tribulus-Shaped Nanocrystals: Controlled Synthesis, Growth Mechanism, and Photoluminescence Properties

Pengfei Hu1, Dianzeng Jia1*, Yali Cao1, Yudai Huang1, Lang Liu1 and Jianmin Luo2

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1 Institute of Applied Chemistry, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, 830046, People’s Republic of China

2 Physics and Chemistry Test Centre, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, 830046, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:437-443  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9265-2

Published: 18 February 2009


With air-stable and generic reagents, CdSe nanocrystals with tunable morphologies were prepared by controlling the temperature in the solution reaction route. Thereinto, the lower reaction temperature facilitates the anisotropic growth of crystals to obtain high-yield CdSe ring- and tribulus-shaped nanocrystals with many branches on their surfaces. The photoluminescence properties are sensitive to the nature of particle and its surface. The products synthesized at room temperature, whose surfaces have many branches, show higher blue shift and narrower emission linewidths (FWHM) of photoluminescence than that of samples prepared at higher temperature, whose surfaces have no branches. Microstructural studies revealed that the products formed through self-assembly of primary crystallites. Nanorings formed through the nonlinear attachment of primary crystallites, and the branches on the surfaces grew by linear attachment at room temperature. And the structure of tribulus-shaped nanoparticle was realized via two steps of aggregation, i.e., random and linear oriented aggregation. Along with the elevation of temperature, the branches on nanocrystal surfaces shortened gradually because of the weakened linear attachment.

CdSe nanostructure; Tunable morphologies; Narrow emission linewidth; Nonlinear and linear attachment; Two-step attachment